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Update: Inmate involved in stabbing incident has history of knife crime

Attack: The prison wardens were knifed in Mountjoy this morning
Attack: The prison wardens were knifed in Mountjoy this morning

Two prison wardens are receiving treatment for stab wounds sustained during an incident with a violent prisoner this morning.

The two officers were attacked by a violent prisoner, named as Eoin McGarry, with a makeshift blade fashioned out of a metal tray table, sources said. 

McGarry (29) has a history of knife crime dating back several years and is considered a dangerous prisoner. He was in a specialist cell overnight after a spitting incident involving a nurse yesterday. 

In September 2014, the Dublin man entered a house on Tymon Drive in Tallaght while carrying a kitchen knife and was disturbed by the 55-year-old homeowner. It was alleged that McGarry held the knife to the woman's throat while screaming and shouting at her.

Tallaght District Court heard from Garda Kevin Bowen that the injured party managed to leave the house.

On another occasion a woman awoke to find McGarry going through her medication in her bedroom at around 4.55am. 

The 29-year-old, of no fixed abode, was charged with aggravated burglary at an address at Tymon Drive, Tallaght, on September 11, 2014, and with burglary at an address at St Aongus Park, Tallaght, on August 27, 2014. 

In 2010, he also scared the life out of a girl who woke to find him going through her clothes. 

Reports suggest the prisoner, who has a history of crime, attacked two prison wardens after they entered his cell at 8.15am. They received stab injuries to their faces and heads, and were rushed to nearby Mater Hospital. 

Sources said the prisoner tried to slash one of the wardens' throats.

Both received deep cuts over their eyes. One officer received a cut to the chin, but the second officer was slashed from his back to his stomach around his ribs in the savage attack.

The Irish Prison Service confirmed the incident took place in Mountjoy this morning.

"The two officers were injured in an unprovoked attack by an inmate using an improvised weapon," they said in a statement.

"The officers have been taken to hospital with slash wounds, which, while serious, are not thought to be life-threatening."

An investigation has been launched by the Irish Prison Service.