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Slop out duties are scrapped in cells at Mountjoy

CONDITIONS for prisoners are improving in the country's most notorious jail, Mountjoy sources have revealed.

For years, the practice of prisoners having to 'slop out' their cells has led to major criticism from human rights groups, but the prison service says that this practice is now ending.

A spokesman has now revealed that the entire C Wing of Mountjoy has now been provided with in-cell sanitation and work has started on putting toilets into cells on the B Wing.

"When this work is completed, 60pc of the cells in Mountjoy Prison will have in-cell sanitation and there are plans to expand this," he added.



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Last week, members of the Oireachtas Committee visited Mountjoy Prison, and St Patrick's Institute to view the work and challenges faced by the prison warders.

Committee chairman David Stanton TD said: "We had an opportunity to view the conditions in which prisoners live and prison staff work.

"We welcome the improvements we witnessed in conditions and the commitment to prison reform and prisoner welfare."

The move comes after a team at Mountjoy were presented with a World Health Organisation award.

The award is in recognition of the success of an initiative for prisoners with mental health problems.

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