29/09/2017

Governor Of Maghaberry Dies After Short Illness

The Governor of Maghaberry, Stephen Davis, has died following a short illness.

The Head of the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS), Ronnie Armour, said over the past few months he had been battling his illness with "great courage and determination".

He said: "The Northern Ireland Prison Service was in Stephen Davis's DNA. He cared passionately about the organisation, his colleagues and those for who he was responsible. He was immensely proud to be Governor of Maghaberry and he served the entire community in Northern Ireland with professionalism and dedication throughout his career. Our Service is the poorer for his passing but the richer for his part in it.
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"Of course Stephen was first and foremost a husband, father and a son. My thoughts and the thoughts of the entire Prison Service are with his wife, son and wider family circle at this very sad time."

Former Justice Minister David Ford said: "I got to know Steve Davis well during my time as Minister. He was involved in a range of different duties, in each of which he provided clear leadership and helped drive forward the reform programme of the Prison Service.

"Even during his illness he led the team at Maghaberry Prison with distinction and professionalism. He was a valued colleague to those working in prisons and the partner groups and cared deeply for those in custody for who he was responsible.

"His loss will be most keenly felt by his family and close friends. I extend to them all my deepest sympathy."

(CD/LM)

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