Inside Jonathan Dowdall’s grim prison life – 23-hour lockdown and meals delivered to tiny cell
Exclusive: Neither Jonathan or his father can enter the prison yard or gym
- 06:00, 8 NOV 2022
State witness Jonathan Dowdall is housed on the same prison landing as killer Logan Jackson, we can reveal.
Dowdall is understood to be on 23 hour lockdown in a tiny corridor landing in Limerick Prison – along with his father and murderer Jackson, who killed boxer Kevin Sheehy at a house party in Limerick in 2019.
It is understood Dowdall has nothing but an exercise bike and a pull-down machine to keep him entertained – with both located right outside his cell on a small corridor
Sources say Dowdall and his father Patrick, who are both serving sentences for facilitating the murder of David Byrne, have their meals delivered to their cell doors and are unable to mix with any of the prison population.
Instead they are granted a small time of individual recreation and are allowed to use the exercise bike and a pull-down machine on the landing.
They cannot enter the prison yard or gym.
They are understood to be on a landing that typically houses no more than four inmates at a time – and share it with depraved killer Jackson – who has applied to be transferred to an English prison.
Recently, the mother of Irish boxing champion Kevin Sheehy, who was murdered by Jackson three years ago, urged the Minister for Justice to reverse her decision to approve the transfer of her son’s murderer to a UK prison.
Tracey Tully mounted a High Court action to try to quash the minister’s original decision to approve Jackson’s transfer just weeks after he was sentenced to life in prison.
The minister is currently reconsidering the matter.
Jackson is now housed with, but shares no interaction with Dowdall – who is considered to be the most high profile prisoner the Irish Prison System has ever had to deal with – due to security concerns.
Dowdall was ordered by the Special Criminal Court to present himself to Portlaoise after a two-week period last Monday – before he was then transferred to Limerick.
The former Sinn Fein councillor – who is set to give evidence in the ongoing Special Criminal Court trial of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, is understood to have presented himself to the Irish Prison Service, along with his father Patrick.-jonathan-dowdalls-grim-prison-
Patrick Dowdall was jailed for a period of two years for his role in facilitating the murder of Kinahan cartel associate Byrne (34).
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.