Searches are continuing in Mayo for a prisoner who escaped from a hospital over the weekend.

The man, who was on remand at Castlerea prison, is understood to have escaped from Mayo University hospital on Saturday morning after being brought to the facility for treatment.

The 34-year-old, who is described as having brown hair and an athletic build, escaped from the hospital on foot and searches are currently ongoing.

The Irish Prison Service confirmed to Midwest News this evening that the prisoner still remains at large.

Anyone who may have seen the man, or know of his whereabouts, is asked to contact their local Garda station.

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