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Are suicide risks being assessed?

THE death of a suicide-watch inmate in custody raises questions for the Prison Service. Shane Rogers hanged himself with a ligature in a holding cell at Cloverhill courthouse.

He was facing a charge of murder, and a previous court hearing heard evidence that he was a suicide risk.

It appears that monitoring protocols were followed. Mr Rogers was placed in a secure cell, and checked every 15 minutes.

Separate garda and Prison Service investigations are under way today in his death.

The issue of how Mr Rogers sourced a ligature, despite prison protocols being followed, will be central to these.

The State has a duty to safeguard the wellbeing of accused persons at risk of suicide.

We need to know if every step was taken in this case.