Gangland killer Brian Rattigan was released from Portlaoise prison this morning after spending more than 18 years behind bars for various extremely serious offenses.
o warden were present when Rattigan walked out of Ireland’s highest security prison at 6.30am, wearing a gray suit, fisherman’s hat, white shirt, sunglasses and a black mask.
An armed member of the Defense Forces ignored the proceedings from the roof of the prison as Rattigan marched in freedom wearing a collar with a photo of his beloved younger brother Joey who was shot dead in connection with the Crumlin / Drimnagh feud in July 2002.
Much like Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch who was released from Wheatfield Prison on Saturday morning, Rattigan was picked up in a rental car which was driven out of jail at high speed after Rattigan entered the black vehicle.
“The rental of these cars is becoming a bit of a trend now – that means registering the vehicle is of no use to criminal rivals,” said a source.
The driver’s face was covered with a black snood and he was wearing a white baseball cap.
“His release was routine – it went without incident. The car arrived at the prison shortly before 6.30 am.
“A prison guard checked the driver’s ID card, then Rattigan got out, got in the car and they drove off at considerable speed,” said a source.
Rattigan’s future is now the subject of much speculation and uncertainty.
The gang leader said he was a “changed man”, but many guards are extremely skeptical of this claim.
He said he would live in his family home in Drimnagh, but officers also received reports that he was planning to visit Spain.
Rattigan formerly of Cooley Road, Drimnagh was in prison for most of his adult life and pleaded guilty in October 2018, to killing Declan Gavin, 21 – the fatal stab that led to the Crumlin feud / Drimnagh which led to at least 15 murders.
He had previously been convicted of Gavin’s murder, but that was overturned in 2017 and he was jailed for nine years for his manslaughter in January 2019.
The father-of-one, Rattigan, has been in custody for the death of Declan Gavin since he was first charged with the offense in September 2003, but during that time he also served separate sentences for serious convictions for drugs, firearms and assault.
Rattigan was also sentenced to 17 years in prison for staging a million euro heroin deal from his prison cell in Portlaoise Prison.
However, this sentence which was imposed in March 2013 was backdated by the time Gardai made the massive bust which was in June 2008.