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Northern Ireland prison visits cancelled ahead of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay's funeral

Published 21/03/2016

Adrian Ismay dies after Belfast dissident republican bomb attack
Adrian Ismay dies after Belfast dissident republican bomb attack
Mr Ismay, a 52-year-old father of three children, died from a heart attack on Tuesday, eleven days after he sustained serious injuries in an under-van bomb blast claimed by renegade group the New IRA
Adrian volunteering with St John Ambulance
Adrian Ismay
Prison officer Adrian Ismay

All visits to Northern Ireland's prisons have been cancelled on Tuesday ahead of the funeral of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay.

All domestic, as well as professional and legal visits, to Maghaberry Prison, Hydebank Wood College and Magilligan Prison have been cancelled.

The 52-year-old married father of three required surgery after an explosive device partially detonated under the van he was driving on Hillsborough Drive off the Woodstock Road just after 7am on Friday March 4 - causing a loud explosion.

He had only driven a short distance from his home when the device detonated as he went over a speed ramp.

The long-serving officer was based at Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre in south Belfast and worked as a trainer for new recruits to the NI Prison Service.

The man was taken to hospital and had undergone surgery and was understood to be recovering well.

Mr Ismay died on Tuesday of a heart attack triggered by a blood clot, 11 days after he was injured in the dissident republican attack.

The attack was claimed by renegade group the New IRA.

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