Real IRA leader McKevitt on temporary release from prison
Former Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt has been granted temporary release from Portlaoise Prison in recent weeks ahead of his due released date in March.
According to The Herald, the 65-year-old has spent the last number of weeks at his home in Blackrock after being granted temporary release.
He is serving 20 years for directing terrorism and was also convicted of membership of an illegal organisation after being convicted in the Special Criminal Court in August, 2003.
He was the first person in the State to be jailed for directing terrorist activities and has been in custody since his arrest in March 2001.
It is understood that McKevitt, who has been suffering from poor health has to obey strict conditions to remain out of jail – including regularly signing on at a garda station.
McKevitt was one of four men found liable for the Omagh bombing in a civil action at Belfast High Court taken by relatives of the dead.
The Real IRA bomb killed 29 people and two unborn twins on August 15, 1998.
In June of this year, McKevitt lost an appeal against a High Court judgment refusing him early release.
McKevitt had been serving his sentence on the “E2 ‘Republican Landing” of the prison, an area reserved for Republican prisoners which has been in existence since the 1980s.
Even though McKevitt had surgery earlier this year to remove a cancerous kidney, his temporary release is not due to his ill health.