Foul ruled out after death of prisoner
PRISON authorities and gardai have launched separate investigations following the death of a man in jail, writes Kevin Keane.
The 36-year-old inmate was found in a semi-conscious state in his cell in Cork Prison on Monday morning.
He was rushed to the Mercy University Hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after midday. It is understood the unnamed prisoner had swallowed a piece of cloth which had lodged in his throat, in an apparent suicide attempt.
The man did not share his cell with any other prisoners.
A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said yesterday that foul play was not suspected, but that a full investigation would be carried out.