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Spaghetti stand-off by lags in Mountjoy

Mountjoy prisoners dumped their dinners on the landing in a demand for better quality meals when they were served-up soggy spaghetti.

The incident happened when a different brand of pasta was sourced by a supplier after the brand the company usually send to the jail ran out.

But the pasta reportedly turned to mush during cooking, prompting the backlash from the inmates.

Mountjoy authorities then served up burgers and chips to appease the disgruntled convicts until the matter could be resolved in the kitchens.

Inmates on the B Wing staged the protest last week when they pasta was deemed inedible.

"The inmates decided to make a point over the quality of the food. It was a hell of a mess," said one source.

"It was soggy grub that you'd be hard-pressed to get it into you even if you were starving," he added.

"A chief officer went down and negotiated a solution where the inmates were given salad for their lunch instead and then burgers and chips later on for their tea."

"Food is one of the essentials in a prison and you get trouble if it drops below a certain standard," he said.

The matter has now been resolved according to sources.

The Irish Prison Service operates a 28-day menu which is reviewed annually.

It has to supply a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, with fruit and vegetables and include fresh meat and fish.


A dietician is employed to update the menus and prisoners with health issues are encouraged to choose healthy options from the menu.

All meals are served with vegetables and potatoes.

Desserts are fresh fruit and yogurt midweek, with a sweet version such as a trifle served at weekends.

Costs are kept down by having inmates cook the food in the kitchens.

A bakery in Mountjoy also produces 1,000 loaves of bread a day for seven prisons around the capital.