Fifty packs of drugs and other contraband were delivered by drone or thrown into Wheatfield Prison in one week in March, according to the general secretary of the Irish Prison Officers’ Association (IPOA).
Speaking at its annual conference in Sligo, John Clinton called for nets to be put over the exercise yards because prison officers were facing very challenging situations trying to retrieve the packages while surrounded by a lot of prisoners.
“There was huge fanfare made in the media three weeks ago when a number of drones were caught outside Castlerea Prison, and in the Irish Prison Service recent strategy statement [it said] that they intend to bring in technological answers to this problem,” said Mr Clinton.
“We don’t know what these are so we are asking the minister what are these technological solutions to this problem, because we heard of technological solutions to mobile phones by using phone
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