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Friday 20 September 2019

Pictured: Wife of convicted murderer Patrick Quirke seen for first time visiting husband in Mountjoy

Ms Imelda Quirke, wife of Patrick Quirke who was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of the murder of Bobby Ryan, is seen walking to Mountjoy Prison on Dublin’s North Circular Road. Picture: Philip Fitzpatrick.
Ms Imelda Quirke, wife of Patrick Quirke who was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of the murder of Bobby Ryan, is seen walking to Mountjoy Prison on Dublin’s North Circular Road. Picture: Philip Fitzpatrick.
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The wife of convicted murderer Patrick Quirke has been seen for the first time visiting her husband since he was jailed for life.

Tipperary man Patrick Quirke was jailed in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin on Wednesday for the murder of Bobby Ryan, also known as DJ Mr Moonlight.

Now known as prisoner number 107243, Quirke (50) spent his first couple of nights getting used to his new surroundings.

Early indications are that he is keeping his head down and is probably in shock after the jury verdict.

But today, Quirke spent his allocated visiting hours with his wife Imelda.

Photographed walking on Dublin's North Circular Road, Imelda was accompanied by a small number of family members.

Because he is new to the system, and is older than most other inmates, Quirke is initially under constant watch.

He was seen by the prison doctor, governor and most likely a psychologist on arrival to the prison last Wednesday, as is standard practice.

This is to ensure that his physical, mental and emotional health is assessed and recorded.

Quirke will be allowed to wear his own clothes in the prison, but will likely be kept on suicide watch, when he will be checked every 15 minutes.

This is considered normal procedure and does not mean that Quirke is at any more of a threat of taking his own life than any other inmate under the circumstances.

Quirke will spend a number of days, and possibly weeks, in the committal unit before he is designated a cell in the regular prison system.

He may also be moved to the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, Co Laois, or Limerick Prison.

However, there is more space in the Midlands, so it is likely he will serve his sentence there.

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