Nearly 400 litres of home-made alcohol was seized in Irish prisons last year.

Mountjoy prison in Dublin was the worst offender.

According to freedom of information figures, 395.5 litres of homemade alcohol - or hooch - were seized in Ireland's 12 prisons in 2019.

It includes seizures made across the jails' estates and other sources, such as security nets and visitors.

More than a third of the alcohol was recovered from Mountjoy Prison - at 149 litres.

Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon is the next worst, at 72 litres.

Almost 100 litres of alcohol was seized from two prisons in Co Laois - Portlaoise and Midlands Prisons.

The Dochas women's prison in Dublin was the only jail in the country that had no alcohol seizures last year.


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