Charlie Bird reports from the air on the continuing riots and protests at Spike Island prison in Cork Harbour.

On the night of the 31 August, prisoners set fire to a block in the prison, overpowered the officers and a riot ensued. The prisoners then made their way to the roof.

From the air, two columns of burning smoke are visible coming from the burnt out buildings at Spike Island detention centre.

Nearly 12 hours after the rioting began the clouds of smoke still hung over the chard and burnt out administration block and the prisoners' accommodation quarters.

About 40 protesting prisoners who had escaped onto the roof of an adjacent building were still clearly visible, wrapped in blankets trying to stay warm.

A yellow digger used in the early morning destruction was also visible in the prison yard. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 September 1985. The reporter is Charlie Bird.