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Jailed Limerick killer Gary Campion makes swift recovery after suspected drugs overdose

Campion is returning to his Mountjoy cell.

Image: Sam Boal

A NOTORIOUS LIMERICK killer who was rushed to hospital after a suspected drugs overdose has recovered and is returning to prison.

Gary Campion (32) was rushed to the Mater Hospital from his cell at Mountjoy Prison after fears that a bag of drugs had burst inside him.

There had been fears for his life after he was found unresponsive in his cell but a source now says that he is “sitting up and responsive”.

“When he was leaving it was touch or go, we were contacting next of kin. He seems to have turned it around,” they said.

Campion, originally from Moyross, is serving two life sentences. One for the 2002 murder of innocent nightclub security doorman Brian Fitzgerald and the 2006 gangland murder of ‘Fat’ Frankie Ryan.

His convictions made him the first person in Ireland to be convicted of two gangland murders in the State

Nine years ago, Campion was found with 73 bags of heroin in his cell at Limerick Prison.

This latest incident saw his condition being described as “critical”, but his swift recovery means he will now be returning to prison.

- With reporting by Michelle Hennessy and David Raleigh. 

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