Murderers constitute a small minority in the prison population. So why would the Board think that creating more space in prison would necessitate a recommendation in favour of McCann being granted parole? After all, people who don't pay fines are released from prison after only a few hours in custody.The sister of a woman murdered by swimming coach Frank McCann fears that she will "have to look over her shoulder for the rest of her life" if he is released.
McCann killed his wife Esther and their 18-month-old daughter Jessica when he deliberately set their Rathfarnham family home ablaze in September 1992.
He has been in prison for more than 20 years but is edging closer and closer to being released. McCann is lined up for computer courses as part of that process.
Esther's sister, Marian Leonard, has criticised any plan to release McCann, saying her safety and that of her family could be at risk.
"I don't accept that I should have to look over my shoulder for the rest of my life. I think the Parole Board are looking on him as a bed-blocker and they just want to release him to free up space," she said.