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Prison officers go back to work

Prison officers in Mountjoy have returned to work after a dispute over an inmate being taken out of solitary confinement.

A number of staff refused to go back to work at the Dublin jail after a convict successfully challenged his incarceration.

Leroy Dumbrell returned to Mountjoy after a successful court challenge to his detention in Castlerea Prison.

The 24-year-old, who is serving eight years for assault, had been held in the Roscommon facility for five months.

The Prison Officers' Association (POA) claimed the decision to bring him back to Mountjoy had been designed to create conflict.

The dispute was resolved after the governor held talks with prison staff.

The POA said officers have given a commitment to remain at work but plan to hold a ballot over the next week on what further action, if any, may be taken.

"Staff still have concerns for their safety," a spokesman said.

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) condemned the wildcat walkout and was forced to lock up all inmates and cancel visits.

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