Justice Minister Presents Medal To Family Of Late Portlaoise Prison Chief

Written 3 years ago by Newsroom

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has presented a medal to the family of the late Governor of Portlaoise Prison Patrick Powell.

It recognises his bravery in responding to an attempted escape by armed prisoners on the E Wing in 1985 while Assistant Chief Officer.

The ‘Stack Medal’ is named after former governor Brian Stack who died 18 months after being shot by the IRA in Dublin in 1983.

Speaking at a ceremony in Portlaoise, Minister Fitzgerald said:

“While this presentation recognises the heroic actions of Patrick Powell,I would also like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to all staff who serve or have served the State in Portlaoise Prison, most especially those who served during the years of the Troubles.”