A prisoner who escaped while being escorted by prison service staff from a hospital appointment in mid-December has been recaptured and is back in Portlaoise Prison.

Lee McDonnell, was seen at Rowlagh Avenue in Ronanstown west Dublin shortly before 5pm yesterday.

Gardai recaptured the 23-year-old after a chase.

McDonnell, originally from Lough Conn Road, Ballyfermot, has over 70 previous convictions.