Two inmates come down off roof at Cloverhill Prison after riot
Eleven prisoners were taken to hospital and tens of thousands of euro worth of damage was caused when a riot broke out in Dublin’s Cloverhill Prison.
Among the hospitalised prisoners was a foreign national who was kidnapped by the rioting inmates and suffered a serious slash wound to the face as well as a broken arm. The rest of the hospitalised prisoners sustained their injuries during a “pitched battle” with control and restraint teams, who stormed the B Division yard.
The incident occurred yesterday after 15 out of 60 inmates who had been in the yard refused to return their cells.
Two inmates managed to get on the roof. However, after "protracted negotiations" the two prisoners came down off the roof of Cloverhill Prison at around 1.30am.
Inmates ripped down goalposts and razor wire in a protest that escalated into one of the worst riots in an Irish jail for years.
This material was used to attack an observation ‘hub’ area where prison officers were based.
“It was mayhem, absolute chaos but the situation was handled as well as it could have been,” a source said.
Two prisoners have been identified as ringleaders in the riot but they cannot be named because they are facing serious charges. They are likely to face criminal charges in relation to yesterday’s incident, sources said.
One of the ringleaders, who is in his late 20s, is a member of a notorious Inchicore crime family. He is considered one of the most violent inmates in the prison system, with more than 100 P19 disciplinary reports.
The Irish Prison Service confirmed the “serious incident” took place after prisoners in the Yard refused to return to their cells.
“Two prisoners climbed onto an adjoining roof top. Efforts were made by prison management to resolve the incident through negotiation,” a statement read.
“However, the situation worsened with one prisoner being subject to a serious assault by some of the prisoners present.
“At this stage the governor instructed control and restraint teams to remove the non compliant prisoners, of which there were approximately 15.”