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Gerry O'Carroll: Beggars belief that sick rapist is on our streets

The disgraceful saga surrounding the release of rapist Michael Murray shows no signs of abating.

A massive furore has already surrounded the fact that this serial sex attacker, one of the most dangerous individuals who ever came before the Irish courts, walked free from prison five years before finishing his sentence.

Destroyed

This man was sentenced to 18 years for a litany of sex offences, the most heinous, animalistic acts.

There is no other democracy in the western world where a man like this would be back on the streets in such time.

Murray should be serving at least 25 years, for the lives he destroyed.

Where is his good behaviour? He got a remission but it's reported that he refused counselling.

This man is incapable of reform.

He is profoundly sick and profoundly dangerous.

We are in an emergency situation here. Public safety is at risk tonight.

Tagged

Women are simply not safe in Dublin this evening with this man on the streets.

Murray has not been tagged, and he is not obliged to report his address to gardai.

But for this newspaper, the very fact that he was released would not have been publicised.

Where is he tonight?

As if this wasn't worrying enough, the Herald tonight exposes the fact that Murray has been given a job at St Mary's Hospital in the Phoenix Park.

This facility treats elderly patients, with Alzheimer's disease.

Quite honestly, this beggars belief.

If I had a relative or friend in the hospital I would be very, very concerned, and indeed I would be looking to remove them as soon as possible.

Who decided to leave this man work at a facility where there are many elderly and vulnerable women?

In a recession, with more than 430,00 people on the dole, how is it that this man, who least deserves it, can be set up with a handy job?

The civil rights crowd and the criminals' apologists will say he's entitled to it.

But does the public not have a entitlement to safety?

Skewed

Are sick people entitled to be treated in a secure environment?

Are women not entitled to walk home tonight without looking over their shoulder?

Once again it's the old problem with the Irish justice system -- the law here is skewed in favour of the criminal not the public or victims.


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