Head of prison officers’ union: peace process does not apply to us

The van at the centre of the bombing

The van at the centre of the bombing

The head of the POA (formerly known by its full name of The Prison Officers’ Association) has drawn parallels between the David Black murder and this morning’s bombing targeting a prison officer in east Belfast.

The man, in his 50s, is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

The scene of the attack

The scene of the attack

David Black was shot dead by dissident republicans in November 2012.

Peter James McParlin, UK chairman of the POA, told the News Letter that he was “shocked and horrified” at the latest attack on an officer.

He called for the support officers receive in terms of availability of home protection equipment to be increased.

“It’s clear, and it’s been clear for some considerable time, that the peace process would not apply to prison officers,” he said.

“We’ve had the dreadful murder of David Black, and this clearly is another attempt to commit another murder on a serving police officer...

“It’s because he’s a prison officer – serving the public and protecting the public.”

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