The release of Greysteel killer Stephen Irwin has “sent shockwaves through the community”, according to East Derry SDLP assemblyman John Dallat.
The 40-year-old, who was convicted of shooting eight people in the village 20 years ago, was released from Maghaberry jail on Wednesday.
Irwin, and Torrens Knight, Jeffrey Deeney and Brian McNeill killed eight people in the attack on October 30, 1993, one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles. The gunmen shouted ‘trick or treat’ before the attack. Irwin was given eight life sentences for his role in the murders. He was returned to prison after his licence was revoked by the secretary of state for slashing a football supporter with a knife in 2005 at an Irish Cup Final match.
SDLP MLA John Jallat questioned why Irwin had been released.
“This news, coming as it does, as we approach the anniversary of the Halloween Massacre has renewed calls for the truth to be told about who Stephen Irwin, Torrens Knight, Jeffrey Deeney and others were really working for when they claimed the blood of the innocent,” said Mr. Dallat.
“The truth needs to be told about these killers, why they have got kid glove treatment and why is it that they have run a horse and cart through the early release scheme. Remember, that scheme promised that re-offenders would be serving out the full length of their life sentences if they reoffended.”