President Patrick Hillery, acting on the then government’s advice, commuted the sentences of the last men sentenced to death in Ireland to 40 years penal servitude. Photograph: Pat Langan

The last men sentenced to death in Ireland were both released late last year. Michael McHugh and Noel Callan murdered Patrick Morrissey, an unarmed G(...)

Michael McHugh being moved from Louth hospital by members of the Garda taskforce before he was charged with the murder of Sgt Patrick Morrissey. Photograph: Tom Conachy

Details of a government decision to commute the death sentence of a “highly intelligent” man who murdered a garda in 1985 are contained in one of the (...)

The front page of The Irish Times on June 28th 1985 following the murder of Garda Sgt Patrick Morrissey in Co Louth. The men convicted of his killing, Martin McHugh and Noel Callan, have been released.

Two men convicted of murdering a Garda sergeant in a botched armed robbery in Co Louth 30 years ago have been released from prison after a legal battl(...)

Undated picture of Barbara Walsh.

There can be few burial grounds more beautiful than Maínis in south Connemara. With Saint Macdara’s and Mason islands to the west, it looks out on a r(...)

A man who has spent decades in jail for the murder of a garda sergeant has lost a High Court action aimed at securing his immediate release from prison. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

A man who has spent decades in jail for the murder of a garda sergeant has lost a High Court action aimed at securing his immediate release from priso(...)

Noel Callan (right), of Cullaville, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan  was sentenced to death in 1985 for the murder of Garda Patrick Morrissey. Photograph: Collins Courts

Noel Callan was convicted in 1985 of the capital murder of Sgt Patrick Morrissey and sentenced to death. It had been accepted by the court that he had(...)

 Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman

Noel Callan was 22 years old when Michael McHugh, an older workmate, approached him with a plan to rob the labour exchange in Ardee, Co Louth. The rob(...)

Noel Callan pictured outside the High Court in 2011. Photograph: Collins Courts

A man in his 28th year of a 40 year sentence for the murder of a “heroic” Garda could be freed almost immediately after a five judge Supreme Court una(...)

Sgt Patrick Morrissey (49) was murdered in 1985.

The State’s treatment of a man entering his 28th year of imprisonment for the murder of a garda amounts to “huge and unwarranted unfairness”, the Supr(...)