Covid-19 in the Prison System - May 19th, 2021

Press Statement

Covid-19 in the Prison System 25th May 2021


  • 1 outbreak of Covid-19 currently being managed by the Irish Prison Service
  • Mountjoy Prison OCT has stepped down and a return to normal regime has commenced 
  • A second round of prisoner testing is ongoing in Loughan House


The Irish Prison Service can confirm that a prisoner in Loughan House tested positive for Covid-19. Contact tracing is complete resulting in one close contact. As a precaution and in line with our National Infection Control Policies, the Irish Prison Service, in conjunction with the HSE are making arrangements for the second round of prisoner testing.

An Outbreak Control Team (OCT) has been established in Loughan House to agree and oversee the appropriate actions to be taken to mitigate against further possible spread of the disease within the prison.

The Outbreak Control Team for Mountjoy Prison has now stood down as there is no additional prisoner cases reported from the 3 round of testing. The easing of restricted regimes has commenced.

The Irish Prison Service has been hugely successful in protecting the prison community from Covid-19 with the first case in a prison being confirmed in August 2020 and in that case it was a person who was committed to custody with the virus. Through the introduction of robust infection control measures and an internationally recognised Contact Tracing System the Service has successfully mitigated against the spread of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic 14 months ago.

The Service is working closely with Public Health, HSE with regard to the management of the current outbreak including making arrangements for the mass testing of prisoners. Arrangements are being made for the second round of prisoner testing in Loughan House.

Further information for families and friends is available here.