Mountjoy prison officer: 'My teeth and jaw shattered in jail riot'
ONE Mountjoy prison officer has had his jaw broken when struck in the face with a plank and has had a death threats made against him and his family by a notorious killer.
The officer, who doesn't want to be identified, expressed concern over the safety of Irish jails saying "Luas workers are protected better than us".
When he was just a few days in the job, the officer was among 100 prison staff that faced an infamous riot at the north Dublin jail in 2008.
During the melee with 70 prisoners the officer was seriously injured.
"We were sent in to try and restore order in the place, we were fully kitted out with riot gear.
"Suddenly someone struck me with a scaffolding plank on the face. The impact was so hard that it broke through the visor on my helmet and shattered my teeth, as well as my jaw," he explained.
The incident left him hospitalised and out of work for several months.
On another occasion he was forced to undergo surgery on his shoulder after twisting it while carrying out a search on a prisoner's cell.
Aside from the physical, verbal threats are also taken seriously by officials, with the officer and his family were recently threatened by a convicted killer from west-Dublin.
The threats were taken very seriously and the warder was given security assessment by gardai.