The rapist and suspected killer Larry Murphy is due to leave Ireland for the second time this week once his duplicate passport is processed.
He arrived here 11 days ago after his passport was stolen in Spain and has been moving between B&Bs and hotels in Dublin to avoid public attention. He was recognised at a hotel near Dublin Airport last week and checked out at lunch time on Thursday, according to witnesses.
His passport is due to be replaced early this week and he is expected to return to Spain where police were apparently unaware of his identity and background until he reported his passport stolen. His name was entered into an Interpol database, which has him flagged as a dangerous person.
Gardai were alerted to his plans to return to Ireland and were waiting for him when he arrived on a flight from Gerona Airport in Barcelona. The gardai have been keeping watch on him since his arrival.
Murphy was met at Dublin Airport on his return on May 25 by Fr Ciaran Enright, chaplain of Arbour Hill Prison where Murphy served his 10-year term along with the State's other imprisoned sex offenders. He never sought counselling during his time there and declined all offers of counselling on his release.
Murphy left Ireland days after he was released from prison last September and travelled to Holland, living in Amsterdam until he was spotted drinking in an Irish bar at the end of last year. It is believed he travelled to France and then on to northern Spain.
He has been surviving on casual labouring jobs and staying in cheap accommodation.