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Monday, November 27, 2006

McCabe Murderers challenge refusal for temporary release

More developments in the Gerry McCabe story today. The four men serving time for the murder have won the right to challenge a refusal to allow them temporary release.

RTE has the story,

Four men serving jail sentences in connection with the killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe have been given permission by the High Court to challenge what they say is a refusal to allow them temporary release from Castlereagh Prison.

Detective Garda McCabe(above) was shot dead during an attempted robbery in Adare in Co Limerick in June 1996.

Kevin Walsh, Michael O'Neill, Pearse McAuley and Jeremiah Sheehy claim that since early 2004, they have been consistently refused any form of temporary release.

Lawyers for Kevin Walsh told the court he had recently been refused temporary release to visit his 85-year-old father, who is unwell. The court heard Pearse McAuley was refused permission to visit his mother.

Senior Counsel Patrick Gageby said there appeared to be a policy of refusing temporary release in place in relation to the four prisoners.

Mr Justice John McMenamin allowed the four to challenge the decision of the Prison Governor and the Minister for Justice.

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