It has been reported in Australia that the man accused of raping and killing Co Louth woman Jill Meagher has been admitted to hospital.
It is understood that Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, is to undergo surgery after being taken to hospital from the maximum security prison where he was being detained.
A spokesman for the Australian Department of Justice confirmed that an inmate was taken to hospital suffering what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries.
He would not reveal the identity of the prisoner or the extent of his injuries.
The Drogheda-born woman disappeared in the early hours of Saturday 22 September after a night out with work colleagues in the Brunswick area of Melbourne.
Her body was discovered several days later in a shallow grave at the side of a dirt road about 50km northwest of Melbourne.