Meehan the Tosser could be Freed in 2 years, once a Feared Enforcer, now a 55 year old Jailbird Lifer, he still has never Shown Remorse for the Brutal Murder. Maybe he will get a job in the local Spar shop…. or as a taxi driver.

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Only man jailed for Veronica Guerin murder set to go free in a ‘year or two’

He was jailed for life over the shocking assassination and has now served 21 years behind bars

Murdered Irish journalist Veronica Guerin (Image: Photocall Ireland)

The only man jailed for the brutal murder of crime reporter Veronica Guerin is likely to be freed in the next year or two.

Brian Meehan, 55, is currently on a prison programme for early release and the next stage of his rehabilitation is to move from Wheatfield to an open prison, the Irish Mirror can reveal.

He was jailed for life over the shocking assassination and has now served 21 years behind bars. Most Irish murderers are out after 18 years.

A prison source said: “Meehan is now on the road to freedom. The pre-release programme is to help him adapt to modern life on the outside. Much has changed since he was locked up.

“He has been learning to use the internet, computers, and participating in various education courses.

Brian Meehan (41) of Stanaway Road in Kimmage being brought to court for his appeal against his conviction for the murder of Veronica Guerin in June 1996 (Image: Collins Photos)
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“He will have to tick a lot of boxes before he gets out but the welfare and probation services, psychologists, the gardai and Care After Prison are all involved.

“The next stage will be to transfer him to an open prison and then back out on to the streets.

“However, there is no date set yet. The final decision will be left to the Probation Service and the Minister for Justice.

“No minister wants to free Meehan but they will be left with no choice.”

The three judges at the Special Criminal Court who convicted the drug dealer in 1999 did not recommend how many years he should serve.

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He was given life for the murder and a further five to 25 years for drugs and firearms charges, to run concurrently.

Meehan spent most of his time in the maximum security Portlaoise Prison before being moved to Wheatfield in 2019.

Tragic Veronica was shot dead on June 26, 1996, as she sat in traffic lights on the Naas dual carriageway in Dublin.

A two-man hit team on a motorbike opened fire.

Meehan was driving and the late Patrick “Dutchy” Holland was the shooter who fired six shots at the
journalist.

Holland was never charged with her murder due to lack of evidence but gardai named him in a subsequent drugs court case as the trigger man.

The career criminal denied it up until his death in an English prison at 70 years of age in 2009.

Meehan was convicted on the evidence of Russell Warren, a member of John Gilligan’s drugs gang who turned State evidence.

Jimmy Guerin
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Guerin’s brother Jimmy last night said it would be sad if Meehan is to be freed on the 25th anniversary of her death.

He added: “He showed no remorse for Veronica’s murder throughout the whole trial. He was as cocky as hell and didn’t care less.

“I knew this day would come and they’d put him on a pre-release programme.

“My understanding is he cannot be released unless it is approved by a ministerial order

“What minister in his right mind will release Meehan, especially in the year of her 25th anniversary?

“He is still young at 55 and it would be wrong and inappropriate for him to have his freedom while she is dead.”

The prison source added: “I don’t think anyone can really stop Meehan from getting out at this stage – sadly it is only a matter of time.

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