Gardaí capture two inmates escaped from Cavan prison

Sinn Féin Justice spokesman Martin Kenny has said the Prison Service needs to examine how it's choosing what prisoners to send to open prisons.
Gardaí capture two inmates escaped from Cavan prison

A convicted drug dealer is still at large after absconding from Loughan House at the start of the month. File picture. 

The two inmates who absconded from an open prison in Co Cavan less than a fortnight since the last escape have been taken into custody by the gardaí.

The Prison Service has confirmed the men who escaped from the open centre near Blacklion earlier today have now been arrested.

Gardaí were alerted to arrest and set out to bring them back to the facility.

In a statement this afternoon, the Prison Service confirmed the escape and said gardaí were searching for the pair. 

"The Prison Service can confirm two prisoners absconded from Loughan House on October 16, 2021. 

"An Garda Síochána have been notified. 

"When a prisoner absconds An Garda Síochána are informed and they have the power to detain, arrest, and return such persons to prison," the statement said. 

In a later statement, the Prison Service confirmed the inmates had been captured. 

Sinn Féin Justice spokesman Martin Kenny has said the Prison Service needs to examine how it's choosing what prisoners to send to open prisons.

"I think there needs to be a review of all of that and to ensure that prisoners are adequately monitored when they are there in the first place but also [...] the calibre of the prisoners being sent there. 

"Personally I am in favour of open prisons, I think they can work very well and are good to rehabilitate and reintroduce people to what should be a normal life and not the chaotic life that they may have come from," he said. 

Meanwhile, a convicted drug dealer is still at large after absconding from the same Cavan facility, Loughan House, at the start of the month. 

The Dublin inmate has been locked up for over 10 years on drug and firearm offences.

The man in his 50s escaped from Loughan House on October 4. 

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