Sunday 11 December 2016

Portlaoise prison uproar over prison officer's poppy

Published 07/11/2015 | 10:46

The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, Co. Laois
The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, Co. Laois

A prison officer in Portlaoise prison has been ordered to remove his poppy pin when working in the notoriously republican 'E block' of the prison.

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The E block of Portlaoise prison houses men imprisoned for terror crimes, including murder, membership and activity in the IRA and the RIRA.

Prisoners became "enraged" when one of the prison officers arrived to work sporting a red poppy pin, according to a report in the Star. The pin is worn to honour soldiers killed in wars dating back to world war one, but is seen in republican circles as an ode to the British army.

Speaking to the Star, a source said that the officer has "been asked to take if off as the Republican prisoners demanded that he be removed otherwise".

"It was a sore point for the prisoners and they let their feelings be known about it".

Conor McGregor recently came under fire for wearing the poppy, and took to his Facebook page to tell fans that "I don't need a stupid little flower with a 100 different meanings to tell me if I do or do not represent my country.  Check the facts of its original meaning. ALL soldiers. ALL wars".

His messages came under further criticism for the final line "F**k you and the Queen".

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