The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has called on Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to give assurances about prisoner and staff safety at Cork Prison, following a fatal stabbing.
Deputy Martin said, “This attack was very serious breach of security which unfortunately resulted in the death of an inmate at Cork Prison. It has caused huge anxiety for staff, other inmates and their loved ones.
“People are alarmed that this could happen in a secure facility where clear guidelines and protections are in place. We need to hear immediately from the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to provide categorical assurances on safety at Cork Prison.
“Attacks like this have a huge impact not just on the victim’s loved ones, but also on all other inmates, staff and their families. There is also a ripple effect right across our prison system. In the interests of public confidence in the prison system, it is vital that this incident is handled as quickly and thoroughly as possible and that action is taken to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
“I am extremely conscious of the pressures and stresses that are placed on prison officers. The Prison Officers Association has highlighted the increased attacks on prison officers and the mounting concerns about the risks they face in their day to day work. Prison officers provide an extremely important public service that can easily be forgotten or overlooked. I am also calling on the Minister to consider increased protections for prison officers in their daily work.”