Mountjoy Prison Covid-19 Outbreak - May 10th, 2021

Press Statement

Mountjoy Prison Covid-19 Outbreak 

Tuesday 18th May 2021, 14:05 pm


  • 38 positive prisoner cases of Covid-19
  • Contact tracing process ongoing by local teams


The Irish Prison Service can confirm, a number of staff in Mountjoy Prison have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Irish Prison Service can confirm there are (38) positive cases amongst the prisoner population. 15 additional prisoner cases 14th May 2021. The Service is working closely with Public Health and the CHO testing team in the HSE and contact tracing is continuing. The positive staff cases are currently confined to specific areas within the prison. Following recent engagement with Public Health, HSE the testing of all staff and prisoners for Mountjoy and Dochas Prisons is ongoing.


Families of prisoners

Mountjoy Prison Outbreak Control Team (OCT) continues to oversee the appropriate actions to be taken to mitigate against further possible spread of the disease within the prisons.

The Irish Prison Service is working closely with Public Health, HSE with regard to the management of the current outbreak including making arrangements for a mass testing of staff and prisoners in the Mountjoy and Dochas Prisons.

To help prevent the spread of infection a strict regime has been introduced which may impact on access to video visits and phone calls in the short terms for prisoners in precautionary isolation however we are working to ensure that we can continue to facilitate family contact as far as possible.

Further information for families and friends is available here.


The Press Officer

Irish Prison Service