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Friday 2 December 2016

Attack on two prison officers in Mountjoy

Two prison officers were slashed in a horror knife attack in Mountjoy jail today.

The two male wardens were attacked when they unlocked a specialist cell at 8.15am.

Both received deep cuts over their eyes.

One officer received a cut to the chin, but the second officer was slashed from his back to his stomach around his ribs in the savage attack.

The attacker, Eoghan McGarry (29), was being held overnight in the challenging behaviour unit (CBU) for an incident yesterday when he spat at a nurse.

McGarry is serving a four year sentence for aggravated burglary.

The CBU is utilised as a punishment when inmates are in breach of prison rules.

According to prison sources, McGarry used a shiv, with two razor blades, to attack the officers as he was being taken from the CBU this morning. Both suffered cuts to their faces and heads.

They were then rushed to the Mater Hospital where they are currently being treated for their injuries.

The Irish Prison Service confirmed the incident took place in Mountjoy this morning.

"The two officers were injured in an unprovoked attack by an inmate using an improvised weapon," they said in a statement.

"The officers have been taken to hospital with slash wounds, which, while serious, are not thought to be life-threatening," the statement added.

The Irish Prison Service has commenced an investigation into the incident and gardaí have also been notified.

The Director General of the Irish Prison Service said that his thoughts are with the injured staff and their families.

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A Tallaght District Court sitting in 2010 heard how McGarry scared the life out of a female neighbour when she woke in the middle of the night to find him rummaging through her clothes.

McGarry gave a number of addresses to the court, including Tymon North Road, Tallaght, and two city centre hostels.

In another court case last year, evidence was heard that McGarry held a kitchen knife to a 55-year-old woman's throat after he entered her house on Tymon Drive in Tallaght.

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