By Andrew Bushe
DUBLIN — Five more high-security IRA prisoners serving long sentences in Britain are to be transferred to Irish jails before Christmas.
The move follows talks in London between Irish Justice Minister John O’Donoghue and British Home Secretary Jack Straw.
The five are being moved as part of the implementation of the peace process in Northern Ireland.
The five are Patrick Kelly, 32, of Longford, who is serving 20 years, and James Murphy, 27, of Limerick, who is serving 17 years.
They were arrested in Hammersmith, London, in 1996, when another IRA man was shot dead. They were convicted of conspiracy to cause explosions on Dec. 16, 1997.
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Michael Gallagher, 56, born in Glasgow of Donegal parents, is serving 20 years for giving logistical support to an IRA group who carried out a mortar attack at Heathrow Airport in 1994. He was sentenced last Feb. 24.
Jan Taylor, 55, who was born in England, is serving 30 years for planting a bomb in a litter bin outside Harrods department store in 1993. He was sentenced on May 13, 1994.
John Kinsella, 54, Dublin, serving 16 years in connection with a bomb attack on Warrington gasworks in Britain in 1993. He was sentenced on Feb. 27, 1995.