Wife-killer Joe OReilly is begging for one-on-one visits with his children outside of prison walls, the Irish Mirror has learned.
It is understood evil OReilly, 45, who battered partner Rachel to death at their home in the Naul, North Co Dublin, in 2004, is set to appear before a parole board, where he will formally ask for the day-out visits.
They would be held in whats known as a neutral venue, under close supervision from prison officers who would transfer OReilly to and from Wheatfield Prison for a day.
And sources say the murderer, who is 14 years into a life sentence, is likely to succeed in his bid as he is not asking the board for a full release.
A well-placed insider said: Joe OReilly is now 14 years in for murder. Hes been of relatively good behaviour and has engaged with several programmes and courses inside.
So he reckons hes entitled to this, and theres a belief that he will be successful in his bid to get it as hes not asking for too much. It is understood OReilly is asking to be released under supervision to a family resource centre where he would be able to have one-on-one visits with his two sons who are now both aged over 18.
Joe O’Reilly (Image: Garrett White / Collins)
If hes granted it, the killer will no longer be behind a perspex screen in prison when he has visitors, and he will be allowed a more intimate meeting in an environment outside of prison walls.
It is seen as a major step on the ladder for OReillys eventual release and the parole board may view it as an opportunity to progress the killers life sentence.
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No meeting has yet been scheduled between OReilly and the board, but it is understood he has requested one to ask permission for these out-of-prison visits.
And speaking to the Irish Mirror last night, the devastated parents of murdered Rachel reacted to the shocking development.
Her father Jim told this paper that he believes OReilly shouldnt be entitled to the out-of-prison visits and he says he fears the killer is a bad influence on his daughters now adult sons.
He added: I dont think he deserves that lift for himself. The kids are adults now and they have lives of their own.
I dont know if hed be an embarrassment to them. Hed be a bad influence on them. Hes better off not seeing them. I dont feel it does them any good.
21/07/07 Parents of Rachael O Reilly, Rose and Jim Callaly talk to the media after Joe O’Reilly, of Lambay View in Beldarragh, The Naul was found guilty of the murder of his wife Rachel at their home in the Naul, Co Dublin in October 2004 Picture Garrett White / Collins See Central Criminal Court copy
He murdered their mother and they were only children, when they needed her most. He took their mother away from them.
I dont think he should get out. He ruined a lot of peoples lives. I still have nightmares from what happened to Rachel. So I dont think a fellow like him should get any freedom even for a day,.
Thats the foot on the door for his eventual release. That would be the first step.
But Rachels devastated mother Rose said she wouldnt want to stand in the way of her grandchildren wanting to meet OReilly in a neutral venue.
She added: My one big thing all along would have been the kids. Id sort of felt it was dreadful what happened to them. I wouldnt like to stop them having that, if it definitely wasnt a chance of a nudge in the door of him getting out.
Because I definitely havent changed my tune on that. I want him to serve his sentence. He has to do the time.
Rachel didnt have a chance at all. He just took her life. So I dont want him out and that hasnt changed.
But Rose says life for her and Jim has only gotten worse over time, and she never wants to see a day where OReilly walks free.
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