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Prisoners hurt in prison protest
30 Jul 2015 00:12
Eleven prisoners have been taken to hospital after inmates at Cloverhill Prison refused to return to their cells.
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Two inmates who climbed on the roof remain there and, according to prison sources, have caused a significant amount of damage.
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One inmate, who was taken hostage by other prisoners, was attacked and sustained a broken arm.
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The stand-off between 60 prisoners who refused to leave an exercise yard ended yesterday afternoon.
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45 voluntarily returned to their cells but 15 others armed themselves with homemade weapons.
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Prison officers with riot shields and batons moved in and forcibly returned the inmates to their cells.
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Extra officers had been brought in from Wheatfield Prison next door and inmates there were locked in their cells.
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The inmates fought with prison officers and 11 were taken to Tallaght hospital.
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Two other inmates remained on the roof at Cloverhill after climbing up there earlier.
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Prison authorities said that thousands of euro worth of damage has been caused and they were working to bring them down.
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The Irish Penal Reform Trust said it is highly concerned at the reports of “a serious incident at Cloverhill Prison”.
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The IPRT has called for an “independent, effective and prompt investigation by the Inspector of Prisons to be initiated”.
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