John Gallagher hands himself in to the Central Mental Hospital

The Department of Justice is confirming that double killer John Gallagher has handed himself in to the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin.

The 46 year old killed mother and daughter Anne and Annie Gillespie in 1988 in the grounds of Sligo General Hospital.

He was tried for their murders but was found to be insane - and absconded in 2000 from the Central Mental Hospital.

It's understood he handed himself in at the Dundrum facility yesterday.

John Gallagher - from Lifford in Co Donegal - shot and killed his girlfriend Anne Gillespie and her mother Annie in the grounds of Sligo General Hospital in 1988, after learning that Anne planned to end their relationship.

He was tried for murder but was found to be insane.

12 years later he escaped from the Central Mental Hospital and fled to England before moving to Strabane,  where he has been living openly ever since.