John Gallagher released from the Central Mental Hospital

Double killer John Gallagher has today been  released from Central Mental Hospital following an assessment of the Mental Health Review Board.

John Gallagher was found guilty but insane of the 1988 fatal shooting of his former girlfriend Anne Gillespie and her mother Annie Gillespie in the grounds of Sligo General Hospital when they were visiting a relative.

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.

Mr Gallagher then applied to the mental health review board to be released – the final decision was made by psychiatrists.

Speaking in May John Gallagher' sister in law expressed her belief that he still does not think he has done anything wrong.

Sharon Gallagher added that it is her belief that her brother in law had the events  of the previous days well planned: