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Family bids for inquiry on shotgun killer's cell death

The family of a man found dead in a holding cell in the Republic have called for an ombudsman-style inquiry into his death in the interests of other vulnerable inmates.

Shane Rogers was found hanged in Cloverhill prison complex in Dublin on Tuesday after admitting killing Crossmaglen GAA star James Hughes following a row over his ex-girlfriend.

He had been on suicide watch.

His mother and father, Margaret and Sean Rogers, have asked lawyers to write to Irish justice minister Alan Shatter and request an independent inquiry.

"Our request for an inquiry is not intended to deflect from the pain and suffering being endured by the Hughes family and friends," the couple said.

"We wish to emphasise that we feel that such an investigation is necessary in this case not only in the interests of Shane, but in the interests of other prisoners who are vulnerable."

Rogers (32), of Deery Terrace, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, was involved in a row with Mr Hughes before he killed him with one of his legally-held firearms in the early hours of Sunday, December 11 in Dundalk.

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