BBC reports David McGreavy was allowed to transfer to a category D open prison in 1994, which had minimal security and allowed him the freedom to leave the facility during the day. However, he was transferred back to the more restrictive category C facility later that same year. Throughout the years, McGreavy applied for — and was denied — parole on several occasions. However, he was ultimately granted parole in 2018 after serving 45 years. As reported by The Irish Post, the parole board determined McGreavy, “developed self-control, as well as a considerable understanding of the problems that he has had and what caused them.”
In their report, the parole board cited a psychologist’s assessment of McGreavy, which stated he “has learnt to remain calm in stressful situations. He has also shown himself to be compliant and co-operative with authority. ” The psychologist also said McGreavy has “a network of supportive friends,” which would help him integrate back into society. McGreavy was officially released from prison in June 2019.