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Mountjoy Prison in Dublin

Mountjoy Prison in Dublin

Mountjoy Prison in Dublin

HEALTH AUTHORITIES are investigating if a now confirmed case of Covid-19 affecting a prison officer in Mountjoy Prison originated in a hospital setting.

The officer is married to a health care worker who was close contact of an infected patient in the hospital.

It is understood the officer’s wife alerted him as soon as she learned she was a close contact of the confirmed case.

Both the officer and his wife self-isolated as they awaited results of their tests.

Both have since tested positive.

The prison officer was stationed in Mountjoy Prison bakery at the time he became aware of his status as a close contact.

As is now standard practice, authorities in Mountjoy locked down the C and D divisions of the prison and all staff and inmates in Mountjoy are now being tested.

Sundayworld.com understands two inmates employed in the bakery have displayed symptoms associated with Covid-19.

Both have been tested and their results are negative.

Both will be tested again in the coming days.

Details of a suspected outbreak in Mountjoy became public yesterday and led to the postponement of a firearms trial at the Special Criminal Court.

Trevor Byrne (40), of Cappagh Road, Finglas West, Dublin, is accused of possessing a 9mm Luger-calibre semi-automatic weapon at Woodford Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin, on 5 November last year.

His trial was adjourned when a prison officer told the court that the "entire division of Mountjoy Prison, where Mr Byrne resides, is on lockdown".

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Mr Byrne is also accused of possessing ammunition and of possessing €3,050, which he knew or believed was the proceeds of criminal conduct at the same date and location.

The trial at the non-jury court was due to begin on Wednesday and is scheduled for two weeks.

Mr Justice Hunt adjourned all matters for a week, to Monday 16 November for an update.

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