Two inmates die in Irish jails over Christmas period

View of Wheatfield Prison buildings from the roadside Image copyright © Ian Paterson/CC Geograph
Image caption The first death took place in Dublin's Wheatfield Prison on Christmas Eve and three days later there was a separate fatality in Limerick Prison

Two prisoners in their 20s have died in separate jails in the Republic of Ireland over the Christmas period.

A 23-year-old man died at Wheatfield Prison in Dublin on Christmas Eve.

Three days later, a 25-year-old man died in Limerick Prison. He was pronounced dead at 04:00 local time on Saturday, 27 December.

Irish state broadcaster, RTÉ, said prison sources had ruled out foul play and reported that drugs may have played a part in both deaths.

The fatalities are to be investigated by the police, the Irish Prison Service and the Inspector of Prisons.