Director General of Irish Prison Service apologises to McLoughlin family

The Director General of the Irish Prison Service, Michael Donnellan, has apologised to the family of Gda Gary McLoughlin and Gda McLoughlin’s colleagues in the gardai for the hurt caused by the decision to move convicted killer, Martin McDermott from Portlaoise Prison to an open centre in Co Cavan.

The Director General of the Irish Prison Service, Michael Donnellan, has apologised to the family of Gda Gary McLoughlin and Gda McLoughlin’s colleagues in the gardai for the hurt caused by the decision to move convicted killer, Martin McDermott from Portlaoise Prison to an open centre in Co Cavan.

Mr McDermott, Raphoe, Co Donegal, was found guilty in 2009 of the manslaughter of Gda McLoughlin, and was initially sent to Portlaoise prison.

He was later moved to Loughan House and he escaped from the facility last month, making his way to Derry where he was later arrested.

A Prison Service report also shows that Mr McDermott was previously in custody at Loughan House in 2007 and absconded from there on November 27 that year.

Director General of the Irish Prison Service, Michael Donnellan, has said it was wrong to transfer McDermott and this kind of mistake will not happen again.

Mr Donnellan said: “Measures will be take and indeed have been taken to provide additional oversight in our decision-making process in order that such a decision cannot be made in the future.

“I would like to conclude that as Director General of the Irish Prison Service I sincerely regret the hurt caused to Garda McLaughlin’s family, to his colleagues in the force and also as a result of the decision I wish to apologise unreservedly.”