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Whistle-blowing hotline for inmates

Prisoners are being asked to whistle-blow on other inmates smuggling contraband into jails via a new hotline.

The Irish Prison Service said the anti-trafficking line will target weapons, drugs and mobile phones being brought into its facilities.

It has asked members of the public to also use the hotline.

Michael Donnellan, director general of the Irish Prison Service, said he hopes it will help crackdown on smuggling.

"Contraband, such as drugs, in the prison system is one of the biggest challenges facing the service," he said.

"It is my hope that the introduction of this dedicated phoneline will help prevent contraband being smuggled into prisons.

"I also see this phoneline as an important tool within the prisons, where prisoners can talk to us in confidence about contraband."

The phoneline will be manned from 8am to 8pm. Callers outside those hours can leave a message.

Mr Donnellan said he also hopes the line can provide "a way out" to people outside prisons who are pressurised into smuggling.

"We want to help these people, to let them know that they are not alone, that they can talk to us and that we will do everything in our power to help them," he added.

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