Senior officer appointed to review John Gallagher case

The Garda Commissioner says a senior officer has been appointed to review the case of John Gallagher.

Gallagher shot and killed mother and daughter Anne and Annie Gillespie in the grounds of Sligo General Hospital in 1988 - he was tried for their murder and was found guilty but insane.

He absconded from the Central Mental Hospital in 2000 - and handed himself back in on the 14th of May - after 12 years on the run.

It's now expected that Mr Gallagher will apply to the mental health review board to be released - the final decision rests with psychiatrists.

Commissioner Martin Callinan says they're looking into the matter: