I will be writing in the coming days in relation to Irish prisons and I will try and give a broader outline of what reality is like behind the walls of secrecy. We have seen the TV3 documentary on the Midlands prison and the PR spin all around it. I will be giving a whole different vision on the day to day running of the prisons and the chaos and the war from within. Fred.
Another day: 15th March 2014
Watching some episodes on Irish TV in the last number of weeks in relation to the Midlands prison in Co Laois, it is well rehearsed and also you can smell the PR coming from Flanagan’s office, the Prison Authorities, and the Department of Justice. Why am I saying this? Simply it is what I am viewing is not totally correct. Our prisons are in chaos, the bullying from within and outside, is now at a epidemic proportions. Also, staff are being threatened on a daily basis and a number of staff are compromised to the point that they have to bring in drugs any way they can without being caught, sadly. We hear on a seldom basis, down the years, of the odd warder being caught for improper conduct but you will never receive the full measure in relation to the amount of officers who are on the payroll of the Drug Dealers on the outside. Don’t forget it is only some months ago when somebody within Flanagan’s office or the Garda HQ put tracking devices on prison officers cars and also it is now alleged that some of their homes were phone tapped in relation to alleged association with Gangland. I am always bewildered at the lack of investigative journalism in this country. Only yesterday, I contacted an old acquaintance of mine in journalism (I will not give her/his name) because your source is the First Commandment but I did sense a paranoia. Now let me explain: I asked for a number and I got a reply: Can you Fred give me a number? A certain wealthy man, in my opinion, has really put the frighteners on our journalists and thank God he lost that High Court case last week and he also lost the case in relation to Dail Privilege. I must say a good week for FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN IRELAND. Well done Tom Lyons and co.
Back to our prisons. I will be brief today but in the coming weeks I shall be giving a total inventory of what is happening in our prisons. The illegal drug culture is a fact of life in our prisons now and the Governors and the Probation services and the staff in general are just playing catch-up. They find the odd ounce of hashish or a bit of cocaine or a hand made weapon and some hooch and then add the rest but like the Gardai they PR spin it to cover up the vast amount of drugs that get in on a weekly basis. The drones are here now and in the last number of years they fly over Clover Hill, Wheatfield, Mountjoy, and the Midland’s prison. Some get caught in the nets but then some get in. Then you have the drugs that come in the old fashioned way (placed in the anus) and the rest but we never hear the realities of this.
I will conclude by saying, there are good people who work in our prisons but there are people also and drugs bring bribery and some staff are definitely compromised and on the payroll of crime. This is what I didn’t hear watching the series in relation to the Midland prison. Before I close down on prisons for the day, I make one more point. 380 prisoners in the Midlands are there for sexual offences and this should be raising alarm bells within our probation services and the medical field. Little heard from these quarters.
To be continued.
Pat Kenny chat about Sex Offenders Programme Midland Prison (350+) http://www.irishprisons.ie/media-item/newstalk-pat-show-sex-offender-treatment-programme-dec-2017/
Inside Irish Prisons TV3 part 1 http://www.irishprisons.ie/media-item/inside-irish-prisons-tv3-part-1/
Inside Irish Prisons TV3 part 2 http://www.irishprisons.ie/media-item/prison-visit-series-tv3/
Inside Irish Prisons TV3 part 3 http://www.irishprisons.ie/media-item/prison-visit-series-part-3/
Inside Irish Prisons TV3 part 4 http://www.irishprisons.ie/media-item/inside-irish-prisons-tv3-part-4/