BREAKING: Manhunt under-way as inmates escape

BREAKING: Manhunt under-way as inmates escape

A manhunt has been launched after two prison inmates escaped from Ennis District Court.

One of the pair was quickly recaptured, while the other man is still at large.

The incident occurred at 3:15pm this afternoon.

Gardaí and Prison Services have launched an investigation.

Reports indicate that the missing prisoner (22) had a dangerous driving case dealt with in court earlier today where Judge Patrick Durcan heard that he sped away at 140km from a pursuing Garda in a chase along the M18 motorway in April of this year.

Judge Durcan asked the accused to apologise to the various people that his crime impacted upon in court and he refused to do so.

He fled after an18-year-old prisoner walked out the back door and ran for the gate.

The two both had their cases dealt with and were being held in the cells below the courtroom along with 10 other prisoners.

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