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'Dangerous and devious' Joe O'Reilly 'should never be let out', say Rachel's family

The elderly parents of murdered mum Rachel O'Reilly have hit out at having to go through the trauma of parole applications by her killer husband Joe every two years, saying it was “like opening a sore” each time.

Rose and Jim Callaly said Joe O'Reilly was a “psychopath” who would be a “danger to the public” if he was ever let out.

Rose said that she should have the right to attend the Parole Board hearing to see what case Joe O'Reilly was making to be released and to “see his face”.

They recounted the time, just two days after their daughter's funeral, when Joe O'Reilly persuaded them to come down to the home, claiming it had brought him inner peace and proceeded to reenact what the murderer must have done.

“After that day I had no doubt whatsoever that he was the murderer,” said Rose.

Jim said the “eyes were jumping out of his head” as he did the reenactment and said that was how he got “his kicks”.

But it still took time for him to believe Rose that he was the killer, saying it was a “fierce shock”.

Rose Callaly, pictured in 2009

Rose said it would be “some sort of solace” if Joe O'Reilly admitted his actions.

Parole Board figures show that the average sentence served by 21 life sentence prisoners granted parole in 2017 was 18 years.

That compared to 18.5 years in 2016 and between 17-18 in 2014.

An opposition Parole Board Bill, which has been accepted by the Government, would increase the seven-year threshold for the first parole application by a life sentence prisoner to 12 years.