AN INVESTIGATION is being conducted into the death of a man in Limerick prison in the early hours of this morning.
The Irish Prison Service confirmed that the man died in custody in Limerick prison at around 7am this morning (January 12).
A statement from the Irish Prison Service (IPS) said that the “death in custody will be investigated by the Irish Prison Service, the Inspector of Prisons, and An Garda Síochána, where circumstances warrant”, noting that the cause of death is to be determined by the Coroner’s Office.
The IPS have also confirmed that the person’s next of kin have been notified. The body of the prisoner, described as a male in his 20s, has been removed to University Hospital Limerick pending a port-mortem by the Coroner’s Office.
Independent.ie reported that the man had just been sentenced in relation to a crime and died on his first day of incarceration.
This is the second inmate to die in Limerick Prison in recent weeks, following the death of Michael Knapp Ryan, of St Mary’s Park, on Christmas day.