Manhunt underway for escaped Donegal prisoner

A major search is underway for a Donegal man who escaped from Loughan Prison in County Cavan.

25 year-old Martin McDermott from Raphoe  was serving a seven-year sentence for the manslaughter of Leitrim Garda Gary McLoughlin.

He was reported missing from the prison on Thursday evening.

McDermott was sentenced in July 2011.

He had led gardaí on a high-speed chase reaching speeds of up to 180 kilometers an hour , which ended when he crashed into a patrol car, killing Garda McLoughlin.

The circumstances surrounding McDermott's escape are not known.