TWO brothers serving life sentences for murder say they should not be kept in the segregation unit of Portlaoise Prison.
John and Desmond Dundon, and Nathan Kileen, are seeking High Court declarations that holding them in close or solitary confinement, without providing reasons, amounts to a breach of constitutional rights.
John Dundon (29) from Hyde Park, Limerick, is serving a life sentence after he was jailed in August for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in 2008 in a case of mistaken identity. His brother Desmond is serving a life sentence for the murder of rival crime boss Kieran Keane in January 2002.
Kileen (22), also from Limerick, is serving a five-year sentence for violent disorder.
In an affidavit, John Dundon's solicitor Joseph Coonan said the fact that his client was detained in Portlaoise was stoking tensions with a rival family in Limerick. Dundon believes members of a rival gang work in the prison kitchen and are trying to poison him by interfering with his food, Mr Coonan said.
The three are detained in "the Block", where they are kept in complete isolation from the rest of the prison population and denied recreation and education facilities.
The daily regime involves a 23-hour lock up in a cell 10 feet by six feet.
Mr Justice Peter Charleton granted the men's lawyers leave to seek judicial review and the case comes back again tomorrow.