Garda killer Pierce Macauley was freed from prison today after serving his time for the brutal knife attack on his ex-wife.
E stabbed Pauline Tully, now a Sinn Féin TD, 13 times in 2014.
Macaulay had previously served a sentence for the 1996 murder of Det Garda Jerry McCabe.
They had met in the same prison in Castellaria as she had visited to meet another Republican prisoner, and they were married in 2003.
He walked through the Co Roscommon lock-up this morning wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a mask to hide his face.
The driver of the North-reg white SUV, who also covered his face, helped put two of his bags in the boot of the car before driving.
This was in stark contrast to their 2009 release which was greeted with a public statement and apology by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams.
McAuley and fellow gang member Kevin Walsh were driven from the prison gates in a van driven by then-Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferriss to visit their families nearby.
Within five years of his release, his wife Pauline Tully had to seek a protection order after becoming violent towards him.
Then on Christmas Eve that year he subjected her to prolonged hard labor for two and a half hours in which he beat and stabbed her to death at her Co Cavan home.
Earlier this year Ms. Tully, now a Sinn Féin TD for Cavan/Monaghan, talked about how she expects her ex-husband to be away from her and their children.
“I just have to hope he leaves us alone, basically,” she told The Glass Ceiling podcast.
“I have a protection order and I’m just hoping, life is going well for me anyway.
“I have no control over what he can or can’t do.
“I just have to be cautious, I guess, to see how things are and tell the boys to be the same and hope that as I said, with the passage of time he doesn’t bother us.”
The 2015 lawsuit heard how the couple had separated last February and were living in an apartment in Ballyconnell, away from the family home.
On the morning of the attack, he along with his wife had arranged to meet their children at her house.
However, she came unannounced two hours ago and attacked him while intoxicated.
He repeatedly stabbed his estranged wife as she lay on her blood-soaked kitchen floor during the prolonged assault.
She eventually crawled away and alerted a neighbor, who barely recognized her at first because of her injuries.
The neighbor went to Tommy’s house and alerted him who found Macauley with a boulder in his hands and threatening the car in which Ms. Tully had locked herself.
Macauley was kicked out by his brother.
During the trial Ms. Tully described how Macauley had threatened to kill her and that she would have lived in fear for the rest of her life.
“My youngest son has said that he looked through the glass panel and saw his father throwing a knife at me. Children should never have seen such things.”
In her victim impact statement, she said: “I am absolutely in awe of him and afraid that someday he will make another attempt on my life.
“I never expected to enjoy a peaceful mind, but to live a life haunted by what happened to me.”
They first met at the Castlerea prison, where she had gone to meet another Republican prisoner who was being held in the Grove area of the prison.
Macaulay was sentenced to 14 years in 1996 for participating in a post office raid in Adare, Limerick in which Det Garda Jerry McCabe was shot and killed.
In 1991, the Brixton escape from prison was rejected by Republicans after an attack on his wife.