We had no choice, say jail escapees
Two Romanian brothers who escaped from a prison said they had no choice.
Vasile Feier, 29, and 23-year-old Toader Feier absconded from the medium security Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon overnight.
A manhunt was launched when the pair were "unaccounted for" at about 7am on Monday.
They were staying in Grove House, a semi-open low security unit within the prison complex, where staff found a note saying: "sorry, we had no choice".
Justice Minister Alan Shatter has demanded a full report. He said the men may have had help escaping the complex, which is surrounded by high security fencing and perimeter walls.
"The matter is currently being investigated," Mr Shatter said. "These are two Romanians individuals, convicted for engaging in a spate of crimes in Galway. There may or may not have been assistance in their escape and that's a matter currently under investigation."
The brothers were jailed in January for breaking into parking meters in Galway.
Vasile was sentenced to 22 months in prison for interfering with and stealing from car parking meters and disqualified from driving for three years.
Toader, who has one previous conviction in the UK when he was aged 15, was jailed to 23 months.
However, further investigations revealed the one of the men was also wanted back in Romania for more charges and faced being sent home on his release.