Inmate of Midlands Prison pronounced dead in hospital

The death of a prisoner of Midlands Prison Portlaoise last weekend is under investigation, but “no foul play” is suspected, according to a spokesperson from the Irish Prison Service, while drugs have not been ruled out.

The death of a prisoner of Midlands Prison Portlaoise last weekend is under investigation, but “no foul play” is suspected, according to a spokesperson from the Irish Prison Service, while drugs have not been ruled out.

The prisoner has been named as Michael Keating aged 36 from Kildare, who was serving a three year 6 month sentence for the unlawful seizure of a vehicle.

He was discovered to be unresponsive in his cell at 6.30am last Saturday morning May 9.

He received medical attention by prison medical staff before being transferred by ambulance to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The previous day a prisoner was found dead in his cell in Mountjoy Prison.

Both will be investigated by the Inspector of Prisons and the cause of death will be determined by the Coroner.

The Director General extended his condolences to both prisoners’ families.