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Jonathan Dowdall presented to Portlaoise Prison but exact location is now secret

We have learned that Dowdall – who was sentenced to four years in prison for facilitating the murder of David Byrne – is now in the prison system

  • 07:36, 2 NOV 2022
  • UPDATED07:37, 2 NOV 2022
Jonathan Dowdall leaving the special criminal court in Dublin with father Patrick Dowdall
Jonathan Dowdall leaving the special criminal court in Dublin with father Patrick Dowdall (Image: Collins)

State witness Jonathan Dowdall presented himself to Portlaoise Prison on Monday, but his exact location is now a closely-guarded secret.

We have learned that Dowdall – who was sentenced to four years in prison for facilitating the murder of David Byrne – is now in the prison system. The high-profile prisoner was ordered by the Special Criminal Court to present himself to Portlaoise after a two-week period but it is understood that he can then be transferred at any time to any other jail in the country.

And sources say bosses within the Irish Prison Service are keen to keep Dowdall’s exact location within the system as confidential as possible. Sources say he is without doubt the most high-profile prisoner now within the prison system and poses a massive security concern not only for the IPS but also An Garda Siochana, who helped present him to Portlaoise.

The former Sinn Fein councillor, who is set to give evidence in the ongoing Special Criminal Court trial of Gerry Hutch, is understood to have presented himself to the Irish Prison Service, along with his father Patrick. Patrick Dowdall was jailed for two years for his role in facilitating the murder of Kinahan cartel associate Byrne.

Sources say the pair will be housed in an extremely secure unit within the prison estate and that they will not be able to mix with any of the general prison population during their time there. Dowdall’s trial already heard that he was being considered for the witness protection programme and that following his sentence he would likely need to relocate to another country for his own safety.

At some point in Hutch’s trial, Dowdall is set to take the witness stand and be cross-examined on his allegations.

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