No excuse for Maghaberry threats

It is appalling that the names of individuals who are understood to be serving prison officers at Maghaberry jail, together with a series of threats referring to the IRA, have been painted on a wall in Derry.

Given that two members of prison staff, David Black and Adrian Ismay, have been murdered in paramilitary attacks in the last five years, the graffiti in Creggan estate represents a particularly disturbing development.

If issues of any kind arise at Maghaberry or other jail, the Prison Ombudsman's office has demonstrated that they will be independently and comprehensively investigated.

There can be no excuse for the blatant acts of intimidation which we reported yesterday and which can only increase tensions between staff and inmates in Maghaberry and elsewhere.

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