Prison Service Director apologies to family and colleagues of dead garda

The Irish Prison Service is admitting that it was wrong to allow inmate Martin McDermott to be transfered to an open facility, from which he had absconded in 2007.

The 25-year-old from Raphoe in Donegal, was found guilty in 2009 of the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin and initially sent to Portlaoise prison.

He was later transfered to Loughan House, from which he absconded earlier this month and was arrested in Derry the following day.

Director General of the Irish Prison Service, Michael Donnellan, says the decision to move McDermott was wrong, and he apologised to Garda Mc Loughlin's family and colleagues on the force.

He was speaking this morning at a meeting of the Prison Services Committee in Leinster House.........