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Manhunt for missing Garda killer

A man convicted of killing a Garda has absconded from prison, it has emerged.

Martin McDermott, 26, was jailed for seven years last July for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin.

McDermott, from Raphoe in Co Donegal, left Loughan House, an open low security prison in Blacklion, Co Cavan.

A major manhunt is under way for the prisoner, whose details have been circulated at garda stations, ports and airports around the country.

McDermott was found guilty of the manslaughter of Garda McLoughlin and the reckless endangerment of Garda Bernard McLaughlin in Burt, Co Donegal, in December 2009.

He was twice over the legal drink-driving limit when he had led detectives on a 30km pursuit - reaching speeds of more than 150km/h - before crashing into another patrol car and killing a young garda.

McDermott was thrown out of his car and was found around 170ft down the road by gardai.

He was jailed for eight years, with the last year suspended, and disqualified from driving for 20 years.

The court heard he had 91 previous convictions - many for traffic offences including drink-driving as well as burglary and forgery.

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