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The Governor by [Lonergan, John]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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It's a powerful read. Anyone who knows John Lonergan will be very surprised because they know his opinions but the book is much more forthright ... I thought I knew a lot about prisons but [the] book is an eye-opener. -- Joe Duffy, RTÉ

'Honest, forthright, highly readable ... thoughtful and compassionate' -- The Irish Times 23.10.10

'Compelling ... highly readable and shines a light on one of the darkest corners of society' --The Sunday Tribune 24.10.10

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John Lonergan retired as governor of Mountjoy Prison in June 2010 after 42 years working in the prison service. He lives in Dublin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2126 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844882403
  • Publisher: Penguin (9 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046ZRYSG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been looking forward to getting this book and it has not disappointed. It is a very honest and truthful account of the mans life to date. He gives praise where praise is due and it would seem to me that he had a vision of how he would have liked things to be run and gave it his best shot regardless of the brick walls he ran into. Now I know its not PC to give money to prisons and people would much rather it was put into the health services or education, but in the real world prisons are unfortunately needed and therefore have to be funded.

This is a subject I could talk about so I wont bore you - just to say if you have any interest in either John himself or Mountjoy or just prisons in general then I would recommend this book to you

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I have watched John Lonergan give interviews many times on Irish television and always thought he came across as a caring human being. I knew I wanted to read this book and have not been disappointed. The book is written in such a way that you can hear him almost speaking it. There are no airs or graces, he gives the facts as they happened in his career as a prison officer and later as governor of dreadful Mountjoy.
He starts off giving us some background on his family life growing up as a child in Ireland and this is interesting to persons not necessarally from this country.
He proceeds to go through his progress as he climbs the ladder and how he stuck with it is a mystery as the conditions alone in these places would put off a lot of men. But it is the obstacles put in place by the Dept. of Justice, The Irish Prison Service and complete failure by each Justice minister to do anything constuctive and in some cases were so obstructive that its a miracle he put up with the stress and lack of help for all those years.
Even if you havent any interest in the Irish penal system or dont really care how the criminal fraternity are cared for behind bars you will find it enjoyable and interesting, prisons are necessary and we should all know what goes on in and around them.
He comes across as likeable and fair and his ethos that treating everyone with dignity and respect cannot be wrong even if your dealing with someone who has broken the law.
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i really enjoyed this book. i have heard john lonergan speak a few times and really enjoyed it and i love his outlook so this book was perfect. a perfect book if you are familiar with him, or just interested in irish social policy and the irish prision services.
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Lonergan has caught my attention in the Irish media over the last few years.
He's articulate, sharp, sensitive and has brought to light all the holes that Mountjoy prison has.
In this book, he reflects over his time in a formulaic way. However it does make for good read.
He's constant challenges with the department of justice and uncaring ministers are very telling.
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I admire a man who stood up to the Civil Serevants who thought they knew more about how to run a prison than he did. His reputation in Ireland is very high. I wish him great success in tghe remainder of what I hope will be, a very long and healthy life.
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This book is a "must" for anyone with a passion for the justice system, social exclusion or trying to understand why the Irish system is the way it . A brilliant insight into the values and history of a great man. One who displayed everything a prison governor should; empathy, compassion and fairness. He was unpopular in many political and senior circles, because he insisted on treating prisoners with fairness & equity; as human beings. The book covers his childhood, his early days as a prison officer up to governor of Mountjoy. It offers a fascinating insight into the culture that exists in detention & the prison system will not be the better for his parting. An inspirational man & a story that deserves a wide audience.
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