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Prisoner breaks out onto roof of Dublin jail

The roof Cloverhill prison in west Dublin
The roof Cloverhill prison in west Dublin

A security operation is underway after a prisoner broke out of a remand jail in west Dublin this evening.

The inmate made his way on to a roof at Cloverhill prison this afternoon, according to

Trained negotiators are currently at the facility where they are attempting to convince the man to come down from the building.

A prison spokesman said: "We have a situation where there is a prisoner on a roof in Cloverhill Prison.

"Trained negotiators are on site at the moment."

The prisoner, who is on remand at the jail, is originally from Finglas in north Dublin.

Cloverhill is a closed, medium-security prison for adult males, which primarily caters for remand prisoners committed from the Leinster area.

It has an operational capacity of 431 prisoners.