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Thursday 23 January 2020

Wife-killer Lillis gets first prison job with coveted print shop duty

Edel Kennedy

WIFE-killer Eamonn Lillis has been assigned to work in the prison print shop during the first chapter of his jail sentence.

The 52-year-old was given one of the coveted jobs in the prison, a position which is seen as one of the "better jobs" among the jailed criminals.

The father of one completed a three-day induction course at Wheatfield Prison in Dublin earlier this week after he was jailed last Friday for almost seven years.


Yesterday afternoon prison officials formally assigned his working duties and told him he would be working in the prison print shop. There, he will be involved in the printing of Irish Prison Service forms and induction manuals.

In taking up a post in the print shop in the library, Lillis is following in the footsteps of convicted wife-killer David Bourke. However, the two will not be working together.

Bourke -- who is serving life for the murder of his wife Jean Gilbert in Castleknock in August 2007 -- had to be moved from his post there after falling out with other inmates who had also been assigned duties there.

Other infamous wife killers in the prison include Brian Kearney and Anton Mulder.

Lillis, a former TV advertising producer -- who is also known as prisoner 55511 -- has been assigned a single cell on landing 5F of the prison.

The killer was jailed last week for the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley at their Howth home in December 2008.

His defence counsel, Brendan Grehan, had indicated to the court that Lillis would be appealing the length of the sentence -- but not the conviction.

Lillis was jailed for seven years by Mr Justice Barry White with one month suspended after spending time in prison whilst trying to raise his bail money at the end of 2008.

Irish Independent

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