Monday 20 November 2017

Prisoner to be disciplined after breaking out on to jail roof and staging standoff

Cloverhill Prison in west Dublin
Cloverhill Prison in west Dublin
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A prisoner who broke out onto the roof of an Irish jail has been returned to custody this evening.

Independent.ie has learned that the inmate made his way on to a roof at Cloverhill prison shortly after 5pm.

Trained negotiators were called in to speak to the inmate and shortly after 6.30pm he agreed to return to his cell.

A prison spokesman said: "We had a situation where a prisoner made his way on to a roof in Cloverhill Prison. Trained negotiators were on site to speak with him.

"Shortly after 6.30pm the prisoner agreed to come down."

It is understood that the man, who is originally from Finglas in North Dublin, suffered "cuts and bruises" after crossing razor wire to make his way on to the internal roof.

He will now be served with a P19 discipline form.

Cloverhill is a closed, medium security prison for adult males, which primarily caters for remand prisoners committed from the Leinster area.

It has an operational capacity of 431 prisoners.

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