RTÉ is reporting that Martin McCauley, Niall Connolly and Jim Monaghan, better know as the Colombia Three, are back in Ireland.
First reaction from the DUP is already in with deputy leader Peter Robinson calling on Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to find them and hand them back.
Jim Monaghan confirmed to RTÉ that the men had returned to Ireland in the past few days. However, he would not say how they got here. He said that they had got a ‘lot of help from a lot of people’ and that he would not endanger them.