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# suspected overdoses
Inmates found dead at two Irish prisons over Christmas period
Prisoners died at Limerick Prison and at Wheatfield in Dublin. It’s believed they suffered drug overdoses.

Updated at 1.40pm

TWO INMATES HAVE been found dead at Irish prisons since Christmas Eve.

A 25-year-old man was found in his cell in Limerick Prison at around 4am this morning, the Irish Prison Service has confirmed.

It’s understood he was serving a sentence for manslaughter, and wasn’t due for release until 2023. He was sentenced two years ago.

On Christmas Eve morning, a 23-year-old inmate was found dead at Wheatfield Prison in Dublin.

It’s understood he had been in the facility on remand, and was due to appear in court in February.

He was found in his cell before 11.30am on Wednesday.

It’s believed both men suffered drug overdoses.

In line with normal practice, the prison service, the Inspector of Prisons and the Gardaí will carry out investigations of both cases.

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