Authorities say security remains high in the Maze Prison even though prisoners have significant control over the H Blocks.

Following a series of security lapses at the Maze, a major investigation was ordered into the running of the prison.The report found that the prison is not safe for prisoners or staff.

The investigation was prompted by the murder of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) leader Billy Wright, the escape of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoner Liam Avril, and the discovery of a Republican plot to tunnel out of the jail. 

The report also found breathtaking abuses of privileges by paramilitary prisoners, where warders considered themselves to be no more than gofers for the inmates. However, the Prison Service rejects allegations that the Maze is just a holiday camp for inmates. 

Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly who led the IRA escape from the Maze in 1983 says his fondest memories of the prison are being outside the walls. 

To many, this report is somewhat academic in that it is expected the prison will close by the year two thousand.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 November 1998. The reporter is Brendan Wright.