Second Inspection Begins At Maghaberry Prison

A second inspection has started at Maghaberry Prison in Lisburn today, 04 January, after it was branded one of the most "unsafe" and "unstable" for prisoners and staff.

The report on an independent inspection, which was carried out in May this year, revealed significant failures in local leadership as well as an ineffective relationship with senior management within the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS).

The inspection will be carried out over two weeks.

Nick Hardwick, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, said the prison was "the most dangerous" he had ever visited.
News Image
Mr Hardwick said: "We had real concerns that if the issues identified in this report - which were brought to the attention of the prison leadership at a frank feedback session at the end of the inspection - were not addressed as a matter of urgency, serious disorder or loss of life could occur.

"The Chief Inspectors were also worried that a deliberate fire at Maghaberry's Erne House which had the potential to cause death or serious injury, had occurred in April, just weeks prior to the inspection.

"As a result the Chief Inspectors have recommended urgent action be taken to strengthen leadership and called for the circumstances and response to the fire to be subject to an independent review."

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

08 January 2020
PSNI Chief Constable Issues Apology
The PSNI Chief Constable has apologised for posting a controversial tweet about the Crossmaglen community following a meeting with the SDLP. Simon Byrne tweeted that it was "great to meet the team policing Crossmaglen @PSNINMDOWN," adding: "I take my hat off to colleagues policing such a unique part of @PoliceServiceNI.
16 May 2022
NI Businesses Urged To Promote Greener Ways Of Travel
A number of organisations have come together to encourage Northern Irish businesses to promote greener ways of travel among their workforce this June, as part of the new Active Travel Challenge.
29 April 2022
Belfast's MAC Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Belfast's Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) is celebrating a decade of bringing art, culture and all kinds of entertainment and debate to Belfast. The award-winning organisation opened in April 2012 and has become a symbol of a new Belfast with over 2.
22 January 2020
Arrest As Firearms Seized In Co Antrim
Police have arrested a suspect following the discovery of a number of suspected firearms in Co Antrim. A quantity of ammunition and imitation firearms were also seized during the raid of a flat in Carrickfergus on Tuesday 21. A 32 year-old man was subsequently arrested and remained in custody on Tuesday evening.
31 August 2021
53-Year-Old Dies In Custody At Maghaberry Prison
A 53-year-old has reportedly died in custody at Maghaberry Prison, the Northern Ireland Prison Service has announced. The Department of Justice has reported that the prisoner died on Saturday 28 August, that his next of kin have been informed and that the death was not covid related.