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A Dublin Granny Was Hoisted Up On a Prison Roof To Talk Inmate Out of Protest

By Megan Cassidy

December 19, 2017 at 7:51pm


Your granny's coming... sh*tting it for ya now, lad. 

In what is maybe the most Irish news story of 2017, an inmate's granny was sent to tell him off at Cloverhill prison after he staged a protest on the roof. 

According to The Irish TimesEric Harcourt (22) climbed up on the roof of Cloverhill prison where he staged a protest and refused to come down - throwing debris at prison officers below. 

Harcourt had used clothing given to him by other inmates in order to avoid injury from razor wire on his ascent, Dublin Criminal Court heard. 

He proceeded to smash windows with a long metal pole, and employed water hoses to stop prison officers from following him up on to the roof.  

The court heard that the violent disorder abated after the first couple of hours of protest, but that Harcourt and another inmate remained on the prison roof for 14 hours. 

Officers eventually used hoists to elevate Harcourt's grandmother up to roof level in order to talk the 22-year-old (who has 74 previous convictions) down, however she was unsuccessful. 

Harcourt did eventually descend the following morning at 1:30am. 

Harcourt, of Belcamp Grove, Priorswood, pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Cloverhill Prison, Clondalkin, on July 29 2015. 

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a six month sentence consecutive to Harcourt’s current jail term, which is due to end in April 2019.

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