A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a doorman, Brian Fitzgerald, in Limerick in 2002.

James Martin Cahill, with an address in Birmingham, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court this afternoon.

Gardaí told the court that Cahill said he had been paid €10,000 to kill Fitzgerald.

Cahill apologised in court for the crime, and said he was willing to testify if other people are charged with the murder.

He also said he was afraid for his safety.

As he was being led from court he said he feared he would be murdered in his cell.

Brian Fitzgerald's widow told the court that her husband had been her best friend, and had meant the world to her.

She described him as a good honest and hardworking man and said no one could ever replace him.