State appeal against Limerick man’s early release

The State is appealing Ryan Jr's release in the Supreme Court
The State is appealing to the Supreme Court to overturn a High Court decision to release convicted Limerick man Eddie Ryan based on additional remission.

The State is appealing to the Supreme Court to overturn a High Court decision to release convicted Limerick man Eddie Ryan based on additional remission.

This challenge will in turn influence the case of convicted director of terrorism Michael McKevitt and other inmates who are seeking to have their sentences reduced by a third.

The High Court releaseed Eddie Ryan Junior 31 from Kileely last month stating he was entitled to remission of one third as opposed to the standard 25 percent.

Lawyers for the State today argued there is no right to an additional remission and that there is a discretion for the Justice Minister to agree to it. A warrant has been issued for Ryan Jr’s re-arrest.

Ryan Jr and his brother Kieran were jailed in 2010 after pleading guilty to possession of a high-powered firearm and ammunition in Limerick. He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.

Mr Justice Bernard Barton this week heard the application by McKevitt, 64, for his immediate release from a 20-year jail term, claiming he’s entitled to additional remission because he has scored very highly in terms of his participation in educational courses and prison maintenance work.

The judge, however, said he was adjourning his ruling pending the outcome of the State appeal in Ryan Junior’s case.

In McKevitt’s case the Minister found that he wasn’t entitled to more remission because the security risk he posed wasn’t reduced by his engagement in various courses and work in prison.