Gardaí are searching for a convicted drug dealer and gunman who escaped from Loughan House open prison in Co Cavan on Monday night.

John Mangan, 53, from Whitestown Green, Blanchardstown, Dublin, was caught with over €2m worth of cannabis in July 2006.

The following year, he was caught with a loaded pistol in his trousers.

Mangan was due to have completed his custodial sentences in less than three years from now.

However, it is understood he was recently caught with a smartphone in prison, which is against the regulations.

He was expected to face disciplinary proceedings and return to a closed prison.

The Irish Prison Service confirmed in a statement that a prisoner had absconded from Loughan House on 4 October 2021 and said that gardaí have been notified.

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