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Over 40 prisoners forcibly removed from Mountjoy Prison after violent protest with cells wrecked

  • 12:09, 5 Aug 2022
  • Updated: 16:11, 5 Aug 2022

A LARGE number of prisoners were forcibly removed from Mountjoy Prison after a violent protest by over 40 inmates.

They wrecked several cells, removing sinks and breaking televisions last Thursday afternoon when they were refused access to their landing area because of a shortage of staff.

The incident happened at Mountjoy Prison
The incident happened at Mountjoy PrisonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Cells were wrecked in the protest
Cells were wrecked in the protestCredit: Handout

There has been heightened tension all week in Mountjoy following the murder of 34-year-old prisoner Robert O Connor.

It is understood the staff shortage was caused by a number being on annual leave plus staff who witnessed and tried to stop the vicious attack by four other prisoners on O’Connor, are also on leave with post traumatic stress disorder.

The incident happened in the Delta 2, D wing of the prison.

Some of the 40 to 45 inmates housed there then started wrecking the cells after they were informed they would not be let out into the landings.

Squads of prison officers then went in and forcibly removed up to 20 different individual prisoners involved in the trouble.

They were then put into separate prison vehicles and moved to other jails around the country.

The operation lasted several hours. No staff were injured or hurt.

A prison source said: “The inmates in the wing flipped when they heard they had not been given access to the landing.

“We don’t know whether the protest was premeditated or just a reaction. It started in one cell and spread to the rest.

“They were all curtailed to the cells and they never got any further, They broke sinks, furniture and televisions.

“We decided to then remove most of the individuals causing the trouble and send them to other prisons.

“This is the usual procedure. Being sent to another jail is a form of punishment because they are removed from the friends for about a month and don’t see visitors.

“There was nothing we could do about the staffing issue, it was just one of those things.”

The Irish Prison Service confirmed a disturbance took place in Mointjoy last Thursday afternoon and some of the cells were damaged.

A spokesman said: “The matter was dealt with swiftly and professionally by prison management and staff.”

Each of the four suspects involved in O’Connor’s murder are each being held in isolation in Mountjoy.

Gardai have not interviewed any of them yet.

All the clothing they were wearing at the time of the attack last Friday week has been removed for forensic examination.

O’Connor had only been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for possession of a loaded pistol 48 hours before the vicious attack.

He was regarded as a ” gun for hire” in Mountjoy.

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