While investigations have been launched by both the Gardai and the Irish Prison Service, the lack of a system for independent investigation into deaths in prison custody in Ireland is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Liam Herrick outlined that where a death occurs in a Garda station, the case is immediately sent to the Garda Ombudsman for an independent investigation. However, this is not the case for prison deaths. IPRT has consistently called for the establishment of a system for independent investigations into deaths in prison, such as a prisons ombudsman.
Mr Rogers, who took his own life in a holding cell at Cloverhill Courthouse, was on remand at the prison having been charged with murder.
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