Kilkenny campaigners secure meeting with parole board

The group spoke on Claire Byrne Live on RTE

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Kilkenny campaigners secure meeting with parole board

Members of SAVE who appeared on Claire Byrne Live

A group of campaigners calling for tougher sentencing laws will meet with the parole board over the coming weeks.

Kilkenny campaigner, John Whelan is a member of SAVE - Sentencing and Victim Equality. John's sister Sharon and her two young daughters - Zarah (7) and Nadia (5) were murdered on Christmas morning 2008.

Angela Doyle Stuart, whose sister Lisa was murdered in 2009  and Kathleen Chada whose children Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5) were murdered in 2013 also live locally also spoke out for the need for changes in the parole system.

At present someone serving a life sentence for murder can be eligible for parole after serving just seven years.

Following the powerful television interview with broadcaster Claire Byrne, the chairman of the Parole Board, John Costello agreed to meet with members of the group.