A DUP councillor must be legally informed that the former IRA man jailed for trying to kill him is attempting to win freedom under a special pardon granted by the Queen, a High Court judge has ordered.
Mr Justice Treacy directed that Samuel Brush should be put on notice of Gerry McGeough's legal bid to obtain a Royal Prerogative of Mercy.
A hearing of McGeough's judicial review application was adjourned until it can be established if Mr Brush wants to be represented in the case.
McGeough (53) from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this year for shooting Mr Brush in June 1981. McGeough was convicted of attempted murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition and IRA membership.
Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement he is expected to serve only two years of his sentence. His lawyers argue that he should be granted the special mercy warrant to ensure equal treatment with other convicted terrorists who benefited from it. During the full hearing of the case, Mr Justice Treacy was told Mr Brush has not been put on notice of the proceedings.