Dublin gang associate transferred from Mountjoy to Cork prison for disrupting Covid-19 restrictions

Dublin gang associate transferred from Mountjoy to Cork prison for disrupting Covid-19 restrictions
Cork prison.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A PRISONER has been transferred to Cork prison in recent days after an attempt to disrupt Covid-19 restrictions in Mountjoy prison.

The prisoner was one of a number of inmates in the Dublin prison who tried to disrupt the restrictions over the past week.

He is serving a sentence for assault causing harm in Dublin.

The group of inmates were known to each other before being imprisoned and sources said they are connected to members of the Kinahan organised crime group.

The man transferred to Cork was brought by prison escort last Friday, while the other inmates involved in the plot have been transferred to other prisons.

It is understood that two sets of brothers were involved in the plan.

To date, no inmate in an Irish prison has been diagnosed with Covid-19 after strict measures were put in place throughout the prison estate.

Family visits are not allowed and the education centres were closed, with family visits being replaced by video visits.

Inmates were provided access to streaming service Netflix.

Each prison management decides on what will be shown in each prison.

All inmates in each prison have to watch the same show or film.

It is understood that the service is provided for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening each day.

Until now, prisoners had access to the Saorview free to air package, giving them access to RTÉ 1 HD, RTÉ 2 HD, TG4, , RTÉ News Now, RTÉ Jr, RTÉ +1, Virgin Media One, Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Three.

According to the Irish Prison Service, the body ensures that at all times, up to date public health advice is followed by all staff, ensuring the need to self isolate where appropriate, and on foot of medical/public health advice.

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