A SON of gangland murder victim Eddie Ryan has been released from prison after the High Court found he was being unlawfully detained.
Eddie Ryan Jnr, 31, formerly of College Avenue, Moyross had brought an action against the State appealing the decision of the Justice Minister to refuse his application to be released with one third remission.
Ryan, who has no previous convictions, was sentenced to six years imprisonment in July 2010 after he pleaded guilty to firearms offences.
At Limerick Circuit Court, he admitted possession of a high-powered pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition in May of the same year.
The weapon and ammunition were seized when gardaí stopped and searched a car near Ballyneety following a surveillance operation.
His brother, Kieran ‘Rashers’ Ryan, was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the same offence.
During last month’s hearing the High Court heard that with normal remission, Ryan would have been due to be released in November.
However his lawyers argued that, under prison rules, he was entitled to additional remission as he has been of good behaviour and has availed of all structured activities and courses available to him in the prison.
Alan Shatter - the then Minister for Justice, in a decision communicated to Ryan last April, turned down Ryan’s application to be released with one third remission, saying he did not qualify.
Colman Fitzgerald SC, representing Eddie Ryan, said the Minister did not give reasons for his decision and that his client did not know why his application was refused.
The court was told that if the application for additional remission had been approved, Ryan would have been released in May.
Handing down his decision, Mr Justice Max Barrett said he was ruling in his favour of Ryan and he ordered his immediate release.
Eddie Ryan’s father, Eddie Ryan senior (40) was shot dead at the Moose Bar, Cathedral Place in November 2000 in what the first killing of the notorious Limerick feud.