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297 escaped prisoners on the run in Ireland

There are 253 men and 44 women on the list and their crimes range from murder to failing to pay their TV licencei

Mountjoy Prison (Image: Colin Keegan/Collins)

There are 297 escaped prisoners on the run in Ireland, the Irish Mirror can reveal today.

But the Irish Prison Service is adamant the public is not in danger and claimed the vast majority of them are “low risk” and are unlikely to re-offend.

Their names and files have all been passed onto the gardai in the hope of recapturing them.

There are 253 men and 44 women on the list and their crimes range from murder to failing to pay their TV licence.

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They all disappeared over the past eight years from January 1, 2012, to November 18, 2020. The Irish Prison Service describes them all as “unlawfully at large” or UAL.

The biggest number – 280 – are in breach of their temporary release orders.

These are prisoners who are near the end of their sentence and are let back to live in society on a phased basis.

They are freed on condition of signing on at a Garda station, can be banned from drinking alcohol or ordered to stay at a specific address.

When they breach their conditions they are immediately classified as UAL and gardai are informed straight away. The Irish Prison Service said the majority of prisoners who breach temporary release is for a “technical breach”.

It added all prisoners considered for temporary release are on an individual case-by-case basis, by the prison authorities and Probation Service and the number one priority is public safety. 76516486337

A source added: “The only way anyone comes off this list is if they are reported dead or re-arrested and returned to prison.

“We don’t really regard these people as dangerous, most of them have done their time.

“There is no need for the public to be scared.”

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