McDowell orders inquiry into prisoner's call to radio show

Minister for Justice Michael McDowell has ordered an inquiry into how a well-known criminal was able to phone a live radio show from his cell.

The inmate - who is serving nine years in Portlaoise prison - used a mobile phone to take part in a debate on RTÉ's 'Liveline' programme yesterday.

Mr McDowell said today that the problem of materials being smuggled into prisons was on the increase and the matter was being investigated.

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