Flat-screen TVs found during prison searches

Three flat-screen TVs have reportedly been discovered during further searches of prisoners' cells at the maximum-security Portlaoise jail.

It emerged yesterday that mobile phones, drugs, syringes and even a budgie had been found during a series of searches on Tuesday.

Reports this morning say a second budgie was also seized and at one stage there were seven of the birds in the prison, with the tuck shop even selling bird seed to their owners.

Meanwhile, three flat-screen TVs have also been recovered along with a DVD player, including one in the cell of convicted drug trafficker John Gilligan.

Staff at the prison are reportedly insisting that they are not involved in smuggling such goods into the jail.

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