Prison service facing up to claims of covert surveillance

With confirmation that the prison service has employed two private investigation firms, we do not know what service they provided, writes Michael Clifford.

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Prison Service spent €30k on spying

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) paid nearly €30,000 to two private investigation firms, it has emerged, as an investigation continues into claims that officers were tracked and monitored during covert surveillance on the country’s prisons.

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Prison officers make sexual harassment disclosures

Five prison officers have come forward to make sexual harassment protected disclosure complaints since last summer amid concerns over the safety of staff in their workplace.

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Five prison officers make sexual harassment complaints since last summer

Five prison officers have come forward to make sexual harassment protected disclosure complaints since last summer amid concerns over the safety of staff in their workplace.

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Prison officer still waits for contact in ‘urgent’ inquiry

The prison officer who made allegations of malpractice in the prison service has still not been contacted despite an “urgent” inquiry being set up by the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan two weeks ago.

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Senior prison union figure tracked

A senior figure in the Prison Officers’ Association (POA), suspected of smuggling drugs into jail, had a tracker device placed on his family car as part of a covert surveillance operation.

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‘Prisoner death record-keeping misleading’

The concerns of a prison whistleblower, revealed this week in the Irish Examiner, were not the first words of caution about the handling of inmates’ deaths.

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We forget that prisoners are people too

The overwhelming majority of the incarcerated come from disadvantaged areas of the State, writes Michael Clifford

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Prison surveillance allegations 'raise serious issues which need to be addressed', says Flanagan

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has demanded an urgent investigation into allegations that prison officer staff have been subject to surveillance.

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