A nurse who admitted supplying controlled drugs into a prison while working there has had her registration cancelled by order of the High Court.
High Court President Ms Justice Mary Irvine granted the cancellation order yesterday to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NWB), represented by solicitor JP McDowell.
The judge was told the nurse, who was not in court and not represented, had not appealed against the board's recommendation in favour of cancellation.
She was a general nurse employed by the Irish Prison Service at the relevant times. By court order, the prison and a witness involved cannot be identified.
Having pleaded guilty in July 2016 to a charge of supplying a controlled drug into a prison, the nurse received a three-year sentence in late 2016, with all but three months suspended on condition she entered into a €500 bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for five years.
Prior to the court hearing, and following the nurse's arrest, a formal complaint about her was made in early 2015 to the NWB which led to a fitness to practice committee (FTP) inquiry.
It made several findings of misconduct including one that the nurse had, on one or more unidentified dates around January 8, 2015, failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries when she engaged with one or more prisoners regarding her personal circumstances.
It was also found she had, around the same time, failed to report to prison authorities she had been requested by one or more prisoners to convey illegal and/or controlled drugs into the prison in exchange for money.
It was further found she had, around mid-December 2014, conveyed on two separate occasions a quantity of illegal and/or controlled drugs in the prison and had given, or arranged for those to be given, to one or more unidentified prisoners for money.
The FTP committee found the proven allegations amounted to professional misconduct.