Two of the men jailed for the killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe are to be released this morning — but one from Northern Ireland faces arrest on an extradition warrant to the UK.
Kevin Walsh (52) and Pearse McCauley (44) have reached the end of their sentences for the manslaughter of Det Garda McCabe, who died during a botched raid on a post office truck in Adare, Co Limerick, in 1996.
Walsh, from Patrickswell, and McCauley, from Strabane, are expected to be let out of Castlerea Prison early this morning.
UK authorities are still seeking the extradition of McCauley in connection with conspiracy to murder and explosives charges.
He escaped from London's Brixton Prison in 1991 along with fellow IRA man Nessan Quinlivan.
Despite speculation about his future, Garda sources last night said that McCauley “won't be hanging around for too long”.
But extradition proceedings are likely to take years and are expected to be challenged by the Co Tyrone man under the terms of the Belfast Agreement.