YOU thought the Martin McDermott case couldn't get any more farcical?
It just has. It's bad enough that a garda-killer serving six concurrent sentences would be housed in an open prison.
It's worse when he decides to escape by simply walking out the front door. But it goes beyond a joke when we learn that he's escaped before. From the same prison.
Who is their right mind saw fit to place Martin McDermott, killer of Garda Gary McLoughlin, back in an open jail he had already broken out of?
If anything McDermott is a candidate for a maximum security prison, given his rap sheet and previous history. The Prison Service carried out an investigation into the McDermott escape.
The report found the killer was put in Loughan House because he would benefit from a transfer. He benefited all right, but not the way the service had in mind.
The official who made the blunder is, of course, unnamed in the report. So much for public accountability.
The Minister for Justice says "all necessary steps" have been taken to ensure that a McDermott-style blunder does nor recur.
You just need one, Mr Shatter. Lock the doors.