Eamon O’Cuiv, made a Mistake, it should not have Happened, Meeting Dowdall? Eamon takes a Dart, at Sinn Fein, in the Article here also?

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Galway news exclusive: Eamon O Cuiv had ‘private discussion’ with Jonathan Dowdall in prison

The Galway TD insisted he would never have visited Dowdall if he’d known about his involvement in the Regency Hotel attack

Eamon O'Cuiv pictured left and Jonathan Dowdall pictured right
Eamon O’Cuiv pictured left and Jonathan Dowdall pictured right

Galway TD Éamon Ó Cuív paid a personal visit to convicted torturer Jonathan Dowdall in prison, we can reveal.

The 72-year-old Fianna Fail politician, visited Dowdall in the final weeks of his eight-year sentence for falsely detaining a businessman and waterboarding him in his house – just months before gardai charged him over the Regency Hotel murder of David Byrne.

But speaking to the this publication on Monday night, Mr Ó Cuív insisted he would never have visited Dowdall if he’d known about his involvement in the Regency Hotel attack.

“Of course I wouldn’t have [visited him] because I don’t deal with people who are involved in gangland. I would have had no reason to,” he said.

But Mr Ó Cuív accepted that he did visit Dowdall in 2020 – in what he says were the “final weeks” of his sentence for torturing a man.

He did so in spite of Dowdall, 44, being widely condemned – even by his previous political party Sinn Fein – because he says the former politician had connections to Republican prisoners that he visits in Portlaoise Prison.

“I visit prisoners. I’ve often visited prisoners. There’s nothing unusual about that. I did visit Jonathan Dowdall but at that stage he was towards the end of a sentence for something totally different,” he said.

“Then subsequent events [occurred]. I wouldn’t have ever visited people involved in gangland. I do visit mainly Republican prisoners. I’ve been visiting since 1995 openly and in and around prisons and people who’ve been convicted of very serious offences. That’s something I’ve never hidden,” he said.

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