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Man who killed Irish Independent journalist to be released after three years

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GRINNING KILLER: Gary Burch
GRINNING KILLER: Gary Burch

The man who attacked and killed Irish Independent journalist, Eugene Moloney, in 2012 is due to be released from prison this week, having served three years in prison.

26-year-old thug Gary Burch was convicted of manslaughter and received a five-and-a-half year sentence, with the final two years suspended.

With the standard 25pc remission included he will be due for release this week.

The incident occurred on Dublin’s Camden Street, just metres from Mr Moloney’s home in Portobello.

Eugene Moloney

A verbal row broke out between him and a group of men which descended into violence when Mr Burch struck Mr Moloney who later died in St James’ hospital.

Mr Moloney’s brother Sean (60) has said that he is “disgusted” with the impending release.

“My family is absolutely disgusted that this man will be back on the streets this week and can continue with his life,” Mr Moloney told the Star.

"Not only was Eugene’s life taken away in a horrific and violent way, but our family will have to live with the terrible consequences of his loss for the rest of our lives,” he said.

Eugene Moloney worked as a journalist for Independent newspapers for more than 20 years. He started with the Evening Herald in 1987 before moving to the Irish Independent.

The popular journalist was recently remembered by family and friends at a third anniversary mass.