Council considers McCabe killers controversy

The Mayor of Limerick will chair a specially-convened meeting of the city council tomorrow to discuss the controversy over the possible early release of the killers of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe.

The Mayor of Limerick will chair a specially-convened meeting of the city council tomorrow to discuss the controversy over the possible early release of the killers of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe.

Councillor Michael Hourigan called the special meeting amid overwhelming opposition in Limerick to the contentious proposal that the slain garda's killers could be released under the Good Friday Agreement.

Cllr Hourigan said it was vital that the 17 members of Limerick City Council should have an opportunity to air their views on the issue as feelings in the city were running so high.

"There is overwhelming opposition to this proposal in Limerick. Personally, I feel these men should serve their full term and should not be entitled to early release," Cllr Hourigan said today.

He said he was "hopeful" the city council would unanimously back a motion expressing opposition to the early release of Detective Garda McCabe's killers.

But it's understood at least one member of the city council may not be prepared to support such a motion on the grounds that it would be contrary to efforts to achieve a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.

The specially-convened meeting of councillors will take place at 3pm tomorrow at Limerick City Hall.

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