“a well-planned operation to shield the men from the media”

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris (centre)The Irish Times today recounts, with additional photos, how sitting Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris helped Pearse McAuley and Kevin Walsh, two of those convicted of killing Detective Garda Jerry McCabe, evade the attentions of the press on their release from prison yesterday. Photo: Julien Behal/PA. From the Irish Times report

As their van left the prison it was followed off the campus by two armed detectives in an unmarked Garda car and a number of vehicles driven by journalists. The van drove on to the main road in the direction of Dublin for about two miles before turning left on to a minor road. After a short distance the van came to a halt in the middle of the road under a small railway bridge. A car had been parked in advance at the far side of the bridge, into which McCauley and Walsh quickly switched. As their vehicle drove off the van carrying Martin Ferris parked in the middle of the road under the railway bridge preventing the media from following McCauley and Walsh’s car. When the van carrying Martin Ferris eventually pulled off it drove very slowly, allowing McCauley and Walsh’s car more time to lose the following media. At a crossroads about five miles from the railway bridge the van carrying Mr Ferris turned left back towards the town of Castlerea.

Adds Irish Examiner report.