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Thursday, December 2, 2021

First Irish prisoner dies with Covid-19

Convicted murderer John Walsh, who was imprisoned back in 2010, has become the first prisoner in the State to die as a result of Covid-19.

Walsh had been serving a life sentence in the Midlands Prison for the murder of 25-year-old John McManus at the victim’s flat in Wellington Road in Cork City.

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The 56-year-old had been receiving treatment for an underlying condition and it’s not clear whether he contracted the virus while in prison or hospital.

The Irish Prison Service confirmed the death, which occurred on Monday.

A spokesperson for the service stated, “All deaths in custody are investigated by the Irish Prison Service, the Inspector of Prisons, and An Garda Síochána, where circumstances warrant” while adding, “The cause of death is determined by the coroner’s office.”

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The death has been reported as Covid-19 cases within the prison system begin to rise.

From the early stages of the pandemic until August of this year, visits were banned in all prisons when the vaccination programme was completed.

IMAGE – “Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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