A GROUP of inmates close to wife killer Eamonn Lillis chanted his name during a standoff with prison authorities over his release.
Lillis, who walked free from Wheatfield Prison on Saturday morning, was originally scheduled to be released on Friday.
However when he discovered that a large group of photographers and reporters were waiting outside, he refused to sign his temporary release papers.
He had to consent to his temporary release on Friday – as officially his sentence did not end until Saturday.
Sources told The Star that a group of around 12 inmates began to chant his name during the standoff.
Lillis made friends with many other inmates, offering them legal advice in the prison library where he worked.
When the 57-year-old walked free on Saturday, he arranged for a taxi to pick him up from the prison.
He then took a complicated zig-zag route through Dublin city centre on his way to the airport, in an attempt to lose the media.
However photographers were already waiting for him on his arrival at Dublin Airport.
He took a flight to Southampton where he has been staying with his sister since.
It is understood he plans to move to France or Spain to start a new life after the media attention surrounding his release lapses.
The campaign by Celine Cawley's family to stop killers like Eamonn Lillis from profiting from their crimes has focussed unprecedented attention on a long overlooked gap in the law that has caused heartache for many families.
Eamonn Lillis made no effort to express remorse for killing his wife Celine Cawley in letters to her family from jail, the Sunday Independent can reveal. Lillis fled the country yesterday evening, jetting to Southampton to stay with his sister on his first day of freedom after spending five years and two months behind bars for killing the television company executive.
HAVING cowered behind prison walls from the media mob, Eamonn Lillis eventually emerged from Wheatfield prison a free man yesterday, with a million in the bank and not a word of remorse for bludgeoning his wife to death with a brick on the patio of their beautiful home on a hilltop in Howth, Co Dublin.