McCabe killers to stay in jail

The PIRA members convicted of the murder of Garda Gerry McCabe have had their latest appeal dismissed.

  • smcgiff

    ‘claimed the detention breached their human rights.’

    This drips with irony.

  • Henry94

    Mr Justice Herbert said it made no difference whether the offence was prior to or subsequent to the Belfast Agreement.

    That is wrong. If prisoners were released under teh Agreement then of course it made a difference.

    “The importance lies in the fact that those tried and convicted of such terrible crimes prior to the conclusion of the Belfast Agreement had all served long terms of imprisonment prior to being released,” the judge said.

    No such distinction exists under the Agreement or anywhere else.

    This judgement stinks of political expediency.

  • Glensman

    I’ve been involved in this debate around Galway for a very long time now, and I consistently meet the argument ‘that Gards are more important’. I find it disgusting that Free Staters think that a Gard’s life is anymore valuble than any other citizen’s or an RUC mans.

    This is what it boils down to. If it

  • Glensman

    *apologies* had have happened up in Belfast the lads would be out long ago.

  • smcgiff

    ‘This judgement stinks of political expediency.’

    If that’s a stink I’ll buy a bouquet.

  • Yokel

    Of course they believe a Gards life matters more because its on their home patch when its up North and far away they couldnt give a fiddlers.

  • George

    Yokel,
    last time I looked “they” didn’t have jurisdiction up north.

    You can’t blame the Irish High Court for things that happen over the border.

  • jfd

    Garda McCabe’s death was not an ‘act of war’ (an equally debased rationale by any democrat’s moral and intellectual compass)but took place in the Republic as a totally criminal act theft – ‘fund raising’ by other means according to SF.

    I never though ‘political expediency’ smelt so good.

  • URQUHART

    “This judgement stinks of political expediency.”

    Au contraire my bitter and angry friend – it is the sweet scent of freedom; the delicate bouquet of a judiciary and political system unafraid of provo voodoo. You just don’t recognise it.

  • FD

    They were actually convicted of the manslaughter of Detective Gara McCabe, not murder.

  • Snowbeast

    So how exactly were the Provos freeing “Ireland” by robbing a post office and gunning down a policeman? A “non-political” action for which a full term in the slammer is the only answer.

  • Yokel

    Its called princple George..principle…whats god for one is good for the other…

  • Ian

    In 2000 the Irish Government released the PIRA’s Paul ‘Dingus’ Magee who was serving time for the killing of a Yorkshire policeman, Glenn Goodman, whilst on the run in England. (He had been repatriated to prison in the Republic under the arrangements that allow for prisoners to serve their sentences nearer to their famililes. I think Jack Straw as Home Secretary tried to oppose his release at the time.)

    It could be argued that a traffic cop in Britain is even further removed from the conflict in NI than a Garda in the Republic. (Even by the IRA’s own dubious definition of a legitimate target – it’s not as if he was a member of the British Army which they would have considered to be an ‘occupying force’).

    The Irish Government’s distinction between the killer of PC Goodman (released under GFA) and of Garda McCabe (not released) is totally arbitrary, self-serving and hypocritical.

    “Mr Justice Herbert said it made no difference whether the offence was prior to or subsequent to the Belfast Agreement.”

    Several paramilitaries were convicted in the north after the signing of the GFA for offences commited beforehand, and were therefore released after serving 2 years in accordance with the GFA. (e.g. the killers of Billy Wright – still no sign of INLA decommissioning?)

    If the Irish Government were playing by the rules then they might just get the on-the-runs still not convicted for the McCabe killing to come back and serve 2 years before being released. They’re hardly going to return at the moment when they might get 40 years (even though those who were convicted, who might have had more direct involvement, only got 10-14 years).