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Testing time Mass testing underway amid Covid-19 outbreak at Limerick Prison

One male prisoner and one female prisoner have tested positive for the virus at the jail


Limerick Prison

Limerick Prison

Limerick Prison

Mass testing for COVID-19 among prisoners and prison officers at Limerick Prison is underway after two cases of the virus were found in the jail.

One male prisoner and one female prisoner have tested positive for the virus at the jail located on Mulgrave Street, Limerick City, confirmed the Irish Prison Service (IPS).

All Circuit Court jury trials listed to go ahead today at the adjacent Limerick Courts Complex were adjourned until January 24th, in line with a national directive by the President of the High Court, and the appearances of accused persons before the District Court took place via video-link.

The two cases notified inside Limerick Prison were confirmed this morning forcing lockdowns in C Division and in the prison’s female unit.

Unaffected areas are operating as normal and contact tracing and testing is being conducted.

The outbreak has been isolated to two landings at the jail, however all physical visits at the prison have been temporarily suspended until January 24th, as part of a national directive announced by the IPS earlier, due to the widespread transmission of the virus in the community.

More than 60 cases of COVID-19 in total were notified at Mountjoy Prison, Midlands Prison, and Portlaoise Prison, on January 5th.

Last week the Irish Prison Service announced that “all physical family visits will be temporarily suspended” from today until Monday, January 24th, however it said “video visits will continue to operate as normal during this period and prisoners will be entitled to receive 1 video visit per week”.

The visiting restrictions “will be reviewed in advance of the expiry of the 14 day suspension period, with any extension (or removal) of those restrictions being based on infection control advice at the time”, it said.

Physical visits by “professional visits” such as by solicitors or barristers, legal advisors, “may be facilitated”, and “physical visits requested on compassionate grounds by family members will be considered on a case by case basis but will only be granted in exceptional circumstances”.

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