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A five-hour hostage situation at a prison ended during the week after a weapon was exchanged for a bar of chocolate.

The incident happened at around 3 pm on Thursday at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise.

Two prisoners, one armed with a weapon, barricaded themselves in a cell after taking another hostage.

Specialist officers were called in, along with trained negotiators.

At around 8 pm, one of the prisoners agreed to open the cell and exchange the weapon for a Mars bar.

The hostage was left uninjured and the prisoners were detained by prison officers.

In a statement, the Prison Service said: "Staff responses and the incident was successfully resolved. No staff were injured, prisoners involved received only minor injuries.

"The Director General has commended all staff involved in ensuring that this incident was successfully resolved."

Management at the prison have launched an investigation, and gardaĆ­ have been notified.

Main image: File photo of Midlands Prison via Google Maps

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