Arriving at Shannon Airport Dr Tiede Herrema receives a warm welcome and attends a press conference accompanied by his wife Elizabeth and children.
The Dutch industrialist Dr Tiede Herrema was freed on 6 November and immediately jetted off to the Bahamas returning to Ireland a month later.
I'm glad to be back in Limerick. I have the feeling that I'm home again and my home is in Limerick.
Speaking to the media he goes on to say that he would like to get back to normal life.
Chief Executive of the Dutch-owned Ferenka factory in Ballyvarra, County Limerick, Dr Herrema was abducted on his way to work on 3 October and was held hostage at a house in Monasterevin, County Kildare. On 21 October 1975 Gardaí surrounded the house and a siege began which lasted two-weeks until the release of Herrema on 6 November 1975.
The IRA members holding him, Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle, demanded the release of three republican prisoners being held in Limerick jail. However, the authorities refused to grant any concessions to the pair and Dr Herrema was eventually freed unconditionally.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 December 1975. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.