Sunday 15 September 2019

Prisoner 107243 put on suicide watch as Quirke begins his new life behind bars

Patrick Quirke pictured arriving at the Courts of Criminal Justice where he was convicted of the murder of Bobby Ryan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Patrick Quirke pictured arriving at the Courts of Criminal Justice where he was convicted of the murder of Bobby Ryan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
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Convicted murderer Pat Quirke (50) was committed to Mountjoy, where he was given the prisoner number 107243, after the majority jury verdict in the Central Criminal Court.

The jail on Dublin's northside is the committal prison for defendants jailed by the Central Criminal Court.

It will have been a shock to the system for Quirke, who had no previous convictions and came to gardaí's attention only in June 2011 following the disappearance of his victim, Bobby Ryan.

It is likely he will end up being moved to a prison closer to his Tipperary home at some stage in the near future to ease the hardship on relatives who may wish to visit him behind bars.

In line with procedures for new prisoners, Quirke was monitored closely by prison staff last night.

It is thought he was checked on as often as every 15 minutes, a routine practice known as suicide watch. This is due to the fear new prisoners can self-harm after being committed on lengthy sentences.

This form of intense monitoring can continue for a lengthy period if the prisoner does not react well to being incarcerated.

After receiving supper, prisoners tend to be locked into their cells at 8pm for the night.

Once he has settled into the prison population, Quirke is likely to get a cellmate.

He will also be assigned a job, such as in the kitchen, metal shop or laundry, or he can attend educational classes.

Irish Independent

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