Two inmates caught tunnelling their way out of Cloverhill modelled their escape on tactics learned from the hit prison escape movie ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’
Sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that the Polish pair used posters to cover up tunneling work carried out of the walls in and around the windows of their cells.
A high level investigation is now underway in the prison after officers discovered one of the pair, a former ex-special forces war vet, in the midst of preparing his escape.
The 42-year-old veteran of the Bosnian conflict, who previously served four years in prison after being caught smuggling €80,000 worth of cannabis into the state, was rumbled mid-way through the attempt while in his cell earlier this week.
When officers tore down the posters around the window, they discovered the inmate had been gouging out the concrete around the window.
This inmate cannot be identified as he is currently before the courts on separate charges.
A forensic search of the cell later uncovered a number of plans and lists associated with two separate escape routes for him to follow once he made it out of the prison.
A source revealed: “The information included a list of names of people who would help when he contacted him on the outside and a list of safe-houses.
“Two possible escape routes were also laid out.
“One of the routes would have involved his travelling to court and escaping the country by boat.
“The second route would have seen him travel north and escape the country via that route.”
The Sunday World reports that prison authorities believe the ex-special forces soldier was in cahoots with another inmate of the same nationality who planned on joining the war vet in his escape.
The area around the window in this individual’s cell had also been tampered with.
The ex-special forces’ man previously spent four years in Irish Prisons after being caught driving while over the limit.
A subsequent search of his car after it was impounded revealed the presence of two bags in which a total of 7 kgs of cannabis had been secreted.
The value of the drugs exceeded €80,000.
Both inmates involved in the plot have now been placed in isolation in separate prisons.
Sources say the list of safe-houses and potential helpers has now been handed over to Gardai for investigation.