Prisons seem to be getting Overcrowded again, even during a Pandemic Lockdown. Why not release small time Criminals, these Murderers below are still a Danger to many people?

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Three notorious Irish killers one step closer to freedom after being moved to an open prison

Prison bosses have moved several life-sentence prisoners to open facilities this week – in an effort to “free up” space,

31/03/08 Killer Robert Duffy (Image: Collins Photo Agency)

Thee notorious killers are one step closer to freedom after being moved to an open prison – in an effort to prevent an overcrowding crisis.

The Irish Star has learned that Prison bosses have moved several life-sentence prisoners to open facilities this week – in an effort to “free up” space as prison population numbers are greatly increasing every day.

The Star has learned that Real IRA killer Robert Duffy, depraved strangler Stephen Carney, and Limerick murderer William Campion are among those who have been moved to an open prison this week.

It is understood prison numbers are rising across the country – with over 3,700 people imprisoned, and the numbers are only set to go up much further, the Irish Star reports.

As a result of the issue, The Star has learned that several depraved murderers are among those who have been sent to Shelton Abbey open prison in Wicklow this week.

31/03/08 Killer Robert Duffy (Image: Collins Photo Agency)
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  • They include notorious Real IRA killer Robert Duffy, who is serving life in prison for an attempted murder of a man in Dundalk, Co Louth in 2007.
  • Duffy (49), who is originally from Belfast, was originally lucky enough to get an early release from a previous life sentence for murder under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in the year 2000.
  • But in 2008 he was jailed again after he pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Colin O’Neill, who he shot in a pub in Dundalk in March 2007.
  • Mr Justice Paul Carney said Duffy had gone into the crowded pub without disguise to carry out an assassination, and that the court could only conclude that he thought he was untouchable.
  • Duffy was previously jailed for life in 1996 for shooting dead a man in the North because he’d worked on a job for the Royal Ulster Constabulary. 
  • Sources say Duffy has spent much of the past 13 years of his life sentence in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison – but officers have now decided he is eligible to live in an open prison.
  • It means he will get to enjoy greater freedom, where he’ll get to enjoy a raft of new courses and activities – and the possibility of more day and weekend releases.
Killer Stephen Carney (Image: Collins Courts)


He joins Stephen Carney, who was also moved to Shelton Abbey this week, after serving 13 years of his life sentence for the 2007 murder of Amanda Jenkins.

Carney — a close pal of evil wife killer Joe O’Reilly, has never shown any remorse for the horrific murder in which he strangled Amanda and left her body in her south inner city Dublin flat.

His trial heard that he grabbed Amanda, who he had been in a three-and-a-half-year relationship with, by the neck and “strangled the life out of her” after wrongly ­accusing her of taking some of his cannabis on October 5, 2007.

And we have learned that another killer, who brutally murdered a farmer in a remote area of Co Clare, has also been sent to live in Shelton Abbey this week.

William Campion (Image: Collins Photo Agency)



Depraved killer William Campion (50), killed farmer Patrick `Paud’ Skehan (68), of Ardataggle, Bridgetown, O’Brien’s Bridge, near Killaloe during a burglary in April 1998.

Mr Skehan was found hanging upside down, blindfolded and bound with television cable wire and a necktie in the kitchen of his home.

 The evil murderer is also the brother of double killer and hitman Gary Campion, who is serving life in prison for two gangland murders.
 In a statement to The Star last night the Irish Prison Service said that it has been dealing with crowding issues, and that when it comes to moving prisoners, a number of important factors are considered beforehand.

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