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ANOTHER prisoner has escaped from Tallaght Hospital

This time the offender in question was in the custody of gardaí, not the prison service.
Apr 10th 2015, 9:50 AM 19,103 36

LESS THAN TWO months after dangerous criminal Derek Brockwell escaped from Tallaght Hospital, another prisoner has managed to flee the facility.

The 21-year-old Ronanstown man in question is thought to be of low-risk to the population. He was in Garda custody at the time of the escape.

Happening early on Tuesday morning, this time the escape was a non-violent one, unlike the Brockwell incident where two prison officers were stabbed.

The fugitive is thought to have acted completely on his own.

Real IRA Arrests Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

“The week before last a 21-year-old male was arrested in the Lucan area on the back of a number of bench warrants,” a Garda spokesman told

He was transferred to Tallaght Hospital to undergo surgery on a wound he had sustained some time ago. At the time he was under Garda supervision owing to the outstanding court order.
While there he managed to evade us, and ran away.
He has managed to keep himself low ever since. He obviously doesn’t want to go to prison.
Investigations are continuing.

The latest incident follows hot on the heels of the escape of armed robber Brockwell from the hospital.

17/2/2015eA major search operation is under way af Derek Brockwell Source: Photocall

Brockwell (53) had been serving a seven-year sentence at Portlaoise prison for robbery and possession of firearms.

He escaped in February, stabbing two of his three guards while en route to the hospital before fleeing on a waiting motorbike.

He remained at large for over 24 hours, before being tasered and captured in Belfast. He stabbed himself in the stomach as police approached.

He has since been transferred to a prison in England to serve the remainder of his several life sentences.

Read: The Prison Service made 166 requests for armed escorts last year

Read: “There was blood everywhere”: Eyewitness describes Derek Brockwell’s escape from Tallaght Hospital

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