Ahern rejects claims of killers controlling jail

02/03/2005 - 10:55:45

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern today denied opposition claims that the killers of Detective Garda Jerrry McCabe controlled a prison where they are serving their sentences.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny used a Dáil question to ask if it was true that the four IRA men convicted of the 1996 killing of Garda McCabe had a veto on being integrated with other prisoners in Castlerea Prison.

But Mr Ahern said: “It’s entirely inaccurate that these prisoners are in control of the prison.”

Mr Ahern said that the Castlerea facility was an open prison but not a luxurious one.

The Taoiseach said last Friday that the killers would not be released as part of a Northern Ireland peace deal during his time in office.

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