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I hope he gets what he deserves.
This is absolutely repugnant!! How can Ireland let this happen?! This man took lives, and if a murderer is still alive, then it should be spent in prison until remorse is evident, or even to give the justice to Anne and Annie’s family!! You can get away with almost anything in Ireland eg., creating a recession, or murder, but what you certainly won’t get away with is driving at 35kmph in a 30kmph driving zone, or other less extreme offences that seem to be of “paramount importance”. Surely these offences, in an indirect way can lead to someones life being taken from speeding for example, but if murderers walking free completely defeats the purpose!! It seems (at the time) that if you are on the receiving end of some sort of penalty point or fine in Ireland, you are saddened at the time, but you are happy to know that at least there is a stringent law in place. Then you see the sickness of cases like this, a murderer walking free!! Efforts need to be devoted elsewhere!! Such an offence to the country, and more importantly the victims family!!!!
Sorry Michael, but how exactly do you know that he has never shown any remorse? You should work for Disney, because it’s all Alice In Wonderland stuff here…How long has John Gallagher served in Dundrum in the past…12 years for your information. He has served time, he has given up his freedom for that long and I believe we should leave the past behind and move on….God have mercy on the dead, but life goes on.
@Donegal Says No
Would you still be saying the same thing if he killed someone in your family?
i take it you must be 1 of his taxi men buddies from strabane well if you are you will know that not every1 in strabane likes him and hopefully they will show him how they feel about him poor famaily knowin that someone who killed your family is walking the street i know what i would do
I do no he is not sorry for what he has done and he has told us he will do it again and alot worse the next time!! Keep your views to youself on this one as your hurting alot of people ! God will not save John anyway he will burn in hell !!
This is a total disgrace to let this animal walk free,he will murder again and it won’t
cost him a thought. and to Donegal says no whom commented last, Will you wake up and get your facts right,easy known you are his relation,he was in a holiday camp a place where he wanted his own favourite food and his own lap top and then went out to drive a fork lift in the glass factory,and went on the run since,I think you should go to Disney yourself.your comment doesn’t help matters in this case as its a very serious situation.
Sorry @Harry, where exactly are my facts wrong? I stated that he has been contained for 12 years. More to the point he has been out free in Northern Ireland for a further 12. Not much fear in people during that time. Everyone had all but forgot! Get real!…I feel sorry for both families involved here, I do not go out of my way to accuse and insult though either…let he without sin throw the first stone and all that…
shame on you Donegal says No.
You obviously don’t know about the misery this person has caused and is still causing.
There is no remorse and still only threats.
When you know the facts about this, maybe you can comment but until then your I suggest you keep your forgiveness to yourself.
After all, forgiveness in this case is not yours to give
Absolutely right @Harry and @Mick.
@Donegal, less of the patronising. Murderers tend not to experience remorse. In fact, experiencing any kind of empathic affect is probably never going to happen. If this murderer truly felt remorse, then I’m sure he would happily spend the rest of his life behind bars for taking 2 lives. Two lives that were cut so short because someone decided to take them from them. And what you’re justifying to me is that this man should be allowed to be free? He did not give the option of life or death to Anne and Annie.
It is up to government to keep people like this locked away from society. If human civilisation took the attitude towards murderers just as you do then where would we be? If someone shows remorse and wanted to pay for what theyve done then they would not be sitting in Dundrum learning the intricate details of Irish / UK Law in order to free themselves through loopholes in the law.
Anne and Annie are not here are they? Life did go on, but without them! And they will not be coming back. Why should some man be allowed to decide who is allowed to live and who is not? If someone takes the life for another, the consequence should be life behind bars until death!!!!!!!!!
The WORST resource that you can give a psychopath is an education, and this, in my opinion, is what happened here!!
“Alice in Wonderland stuff”, ugh! Show some respect to the people who are not here to put you in your place! I don’t know what kind of an alliance you have with this man, but it sure is distorting your logic!
donegal daily please remove the comments that Donegal Says No says has posted on your comments page, do yu as a media resource not realise the pain that you are causing to the familys concerned by posting this rubbish,have a bit of compassion for the familys concerned in this matter,how does this person know that the familys were not living in fear during this persons 12 years living in strabane,this person has not been following media reports quite frequently,as they will rubbish his claims, its hard for life to go on after 2 innocent people were murdered and an attemt on a third person, this Donegal Says No says: is completly out of touch with reality and a stone cold heart.
I dont usually get involved in debates but when I seen @donegal says no I had to say something. You must have very little intelligence or understanding of this case whatsoever.
Number 1. This evil man should never have been found guilty by reason of insanity, someone who is actually truly ‘insane’ and mentally unwell would still commit a crime if for example a group of Gardai were standing watching them as their perception of reality is so altered. Would he have done what he did if a group of Gardai were standing watching???? I don’t think so.
Number 2. Crimes committed by someone who is found to be ‘insane’ are almost always done on the spur of the moment and are not premeditated. This man drove for a hour and a half to SGH with a shotgun on the passenger seat knowing exactly what he was going to do. This murder was premeditated, he knew exactly what he was doing and how he was going to do it, also he fled the scene after and tried to cover up his tracks which is another aspect that someone who was actually ‘insane’ would not have the capacity to do. This man is a psychopath he has no remorse whatsoever for what he done. Psychopathy is not a mental illness, it is classified as a ‘Personality Disorder’ and someone with a stand alone diagnosis of a Personality Disorder is non-detainable under the Irish Mental Health Act.
He played the system and won, one of the biggest miscarriages of justice ever to have happened in our country. It’s the likes of him that give people with real mental illness and genuine cases of insanity a bad name. Rip Annie and Ann X
This is one clever man, double cold blooded murder, he should write a book now on this life story, how to murder and get away with it!, this man deserves to never see daylight as long as he lives for what he done, not waling about as a free man as he has done all those years. Poor Annie and Ann will never see day light again, never life their life to the full no children, grand children and share in the joys of life, All is gone thanks to this man. How anyone can write here and justify 12 years in the mental hospital was his time served is pathetic, 12 years in a cushy hospital not even prison, he should have a double life sentence, and nothing short of that.
I dont know about this case so wont draw my own conclusions like some commentators have.
But I do take issue with the comments from Emma above.
@ Emma you seem to be confusing insanity/mental illness with stupidity. Just because you are insane as you describe it…..
1: Doesn’t mean you are so stupid that you would commit a crime while “a group of Gardai were standing watching”.
2: Doesn’t mean that you cant hold a train of thought for more than a few hours with an intent to carry out some irrational action.
Far from it, You obviously haven’t got a clue what you are talking about.
” It’s the likes of him that give people with real mental illness and genuine cases of insanity a bad name”
No, its people like you who give them a bad reputation because you carry on preaching a prejudice that suggests that mental illness somehow equates to stupidity.
Sorry “donegalsays no” but ur wrong. You and others may have all but forgotten about him while he was in the north , but the families of his victims who he promised to get revenge on have lived in constant fear since he moved there. I really fear and worry for them now.
donegal daily please remove the comments that Donegal Says No says has posted on your comments page, do yu as a media resource not realise the pain that you are causing to the familys concerned by posting this rubbish,have a bit of compassion for the familys concerned in this matter,how does this person know that the familys were not living in fear during this persons 12 years living in strabane,this person has not been following media reports quite frequently,as they will rubbish his claims, its hard for life to go on after 2 innocent people were murdered and an attemt on a third person, this Donegal Says No says: is completly out of touch with reality and a stone cold heart. *****can i ask you please why did you NOT post this comment****** when i submitted it last night at 11.45 pm
@Donegal Says No: jesus but I’m starting to think u are the one who’s insane! Read over your comments above and then think of the facts of this case as what u have just stated is barbaric, well that is unless “Donegal Says No” is actually the real John Gallagher or his wife as no one in their right mind would defend him after his actions!!
R.I.P Annie & Ann <3
Who were let down by the justice system yet once again
Oh my George how foolish you are. I happen to know exactly what I am talking about I’ll have you know. Of course insanity has nothing to do with stupidity, and you obviously have no clue whatsoever about what I’m alluding to so maybe you should go and do some further reading on the topic of insanity and it’s presenting features and how people who are criminally insane are evaluated. You may then gain some small insight into what I’m talking about, I’m not making this up from the top of my head it’s based on reality. Good luck to you George.
Maybe you are right in this case, and that he has in fact played the system.
Speaking from personal experience. I’ve witnessed someone going through a psychotic episode a number of times. Just because they are technically insane at that point, doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t have the wherewithal to avoid situations that are not going to work in their favour i.e. get caught by the police. In fact, a person can be very calculating when in that state, so the points you made don’t stack up.
Good Day to you.
Firstly, it’s an absolute disgrace that again the irish govt has been shown for what they are… money grabbing criminals. Again John Gallagher has bought himself freedom just as he did all those years ago!(wonder where he got the money this time) Money certainly talks in this country! Also to @ Donegal Says No its obvious that you are either John himself or his ONLY loyal brother as you are the only people on this planet that belief your bull! It couldnt be the wife as she obviously has not got the brain for the use of english used otherwise she would never have got involved with him in the first place. John Gallagher DID have a cushy time in Dundrum, from being illiterate to gaining a vast understanding of the law and knowing the legal loopholes to which he has used to his advantage… its never ever been about remorse but simply what the country owes to him. How can this man walk free?? He is still capable of murder, he beat up his own brother and sister as well as making the comment that he “did it once” and could “do it again”. He DID drive an hour and a half to kill those ladies and if thats not premeditated then i dont know what is!!! Get this man RETRIED!!!
This really makes me sick!! People never forgot about him.. His neighbours were all scared of him.. Many of them had to move home because of the twat!! He has said he wil do it again but worse next time I do know this for a fact as yes I am “family” he beat up his own brother and sister a few days after his brother had a heartattack!! He was never insane just an evil heartless man.. ! Who ever let him out will be very sorry when he does it again!! God love Anne and Annie’s family!! John I hope you rot in hell!!!
And, to make matters worse, I’m pretty confident that the psychological evaluation tools would not have been half as rigorous as the toos we have today at the time of his addmittance to the hospital. Therefore it may have been easy for him to obtain his desired diagnosis. Research has shown that in the past, perfectly sane people can get themselves admitted to hosp when they are perfectly healthy. Even though that is going back a while. How and ever, psychopathic traits have a strong genetic component and are therefore engraved within that person.
John Gallagher told Anne that she her life was going to be taken from her, it was a matter of ‘when’ after that point.
I know one thing I would like to see – the psychological report / re-evaluation results!!
It’s a real loathsome shame what’s come out of all this. I can only offer my sincere apologies to the victims families on behalf of the country!!! Of course, this must be extremely difficult for John Gallaghers estranged family also.