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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dissident republican prisoners stage protest in Portlaoise Prison

Portlaoise Prison
Portlaoise Prison

DISSIDENT republican prisoners in Portlaoise Prison staged a protest in solidarity with prisoners in Northern Ireland.

A number of prisoners in the midlands prison refused to enter lockdown for the night for a short period of time.

Prisoners are supposed to go to their cells at 8.30pm. However, some prisoners refused this evening.

The Irish Prison Service monitored the situation and it is understood the prisoners returned to their cells a short time later at around 8.45pm.

There were no injuries in the incident.

It is understood the prisoners staged the protest in solidarity with those on the dissident wing of Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim. It was claimed the protest was to draw attention to conditions in Maghaberry prison.

On Monday night and again tonight a number of prisoners in the Antrim prison staged a protest. A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Prison Service said: “Following an incident in Maghaberry Roe 3 a short lockdown was necessary, but this has now been lifted.”

There are several dozen dissidents serving sentences or on remand awaiting trial at Maghaberry.

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