Advocacy group critical of garda killers early release

GardaMcLoughlinAn advocacy and support group is calling for a major reform of the sentencing laws in Ireland which allow prisoners to have 25 per cent of their sentence written off for good behaviour.

It's after the man responsible for the death of Garda Gary McLoughlin was released from prison with 21 months remaining of an 8 year sentence.

Gary McLoughlin was killed in the line of duty after a car chase at Burt in County Donegal in 2009.

Martin McDermott from Raphoe was sentenced to eight years with the last year suspended in 2011 for driving a stolen car that collided with a Garda car at high speed

He was released this week despite the fact that he absconded from Loughan House in Cavan in 2012 before being rearrested in Northern Ireland.

John Whelan is the Chairperon of AdVIC which advocates for greater rights for Victims of homicide as well as their families and friends.