Prisoner fails to return after Christmas parole
A LONE offender out of 134 prisoners granted Christmas parole has failed to return to jail, writes Security Editor Tom Brady.
He is a minor criminal, who was due for release in the spring.
A second small-time offender had also been missing but unexpectedly turned up yesterday evening.
Every year a small percentage of those given the seasonal leave do not meet their return date.
But this year's figure is well down on previous years when between six and 10 failed to show up a after completing their Christmas parole.
"This is probably our best ever result with Christmas releases," one prison official said last night.
Two, who were allowed out for Christmas 2009, are still on the run. Gardai around the country have been issued with a description of the latest missing prisoner.
Charles Flynn (20), from Southill, Limerick, had been serving a 19-month sentence at St Patrick's Institution for the theft of a car and was due for release in April.
Earlier, Charlie Ward, who is serving a total of 18 months for a range of offences, from Hymanny Park, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, had also been placed on the missing list.
But he arrived unexpectedly shortly before teatime yesterday at Loughan House open centre close to Blacklion in Co Cavan.
He is due out in March.
Both men had been due back in prison on December 27 after being granted leave for three and four days, respectively.
The other 132 prisoners all met the conditions of their release bonds.