Two Prisoners On The Run In Roscommon

Gardaí are now involved in a manhunt for two escaped prisoners in Roscommon that went missing on Tuesday afternoon.

The Irish Prison Service confirmed today that the two male prisoners escaped from custody after they were granted an escorted visit on compassionate grounds to a funeral home to view the remains of a deceased relative in Co Roscommon.

The men, both of whom are believed to have been from the travelling community, were being escorted by five prison officers at Smyths Funeral Home on Mart Road in Roscommon town when an incident involving several others occurred at around 2pm.

It is understood family members formed a barrier between the wardens and the prisoners, allowing them to escape.

Gardaí were immediately informed of the escape and the Prison Service has launched an investigation into the incident.

A spokesman said: "Two prisoners, while on an escorted visit on compassionate grounds to see the remains of a deceased relative, escaped from custody.

"Gardai were immediately notified and the Irish Prison Service has initiated its own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident."

It is understood the men who escaped were each serving a three year sentence at Castlereagh jail after being convicted of assault.


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