A High Court challenge by the mother of murdered boxer Kevin Sheehy aimed at preventing the transfer of her son's killer to a prison in the UK is to be fully contested at a hearing next month.
Lawyers for the Minister for Justice previously told the court it was not proposed to transfer Logan Jackson before the case is heard.
Today, Senior Counsel Ann-Marie Lawlor told the court the Minister would be fully contesting the application by Tracy Tully, whose 20-year-old son Kevin was killed by Logan Jackson at Hyde Road Limerick on 1 July, 2019.
Ms Tully wants permission to bring a High Court action to quash a decision allowing Logan Jackson to serve the remainder of a life sentence in a UK prison.
Champion boxer Kevin Sheey died after he suffered catastrophic head injuries after being repeatedly struck with a jeep driven by Jackson who is from Longford Road, Coventry.
He was sentenced to life in prison at the Central Criminal Court after he was convicted of Mr Sheehy's murder.
31-year-old Jackson later successfully applied for a transfer to a prison in the UK where he can serve out his sentence.
Ms Tully applied to the High Court for leave to seek a judicial review of the decision.
Lawyers for Mr Jackson said they wanted the matter dealt with as soon as possible and said their client was in solitary confinement. A hearing date was fixed for 15 July next.
Tracy Tully has brought the proceedings because she claims that if the transfer goes ahead, she fears she will not have any say, nor be able to make any submissions to the UK authorities, when Jackson applies for parole.
She claims that if the transfer goes ahead any decision on a parole application by her son's killer would be in the hands of the authorities in another jurisdiction.
She claims that the Minister's decision to allow the transfer to go ahead is unconstitutional and an "abdication of the Irish State's responsibility to determine when a person serving a life sentence may be paroled".
In her action she seeks declarations including that the proposed transfer breaches her rights under the 2017 Victim of Crime Act and was made outside of the Minister's powers under the 2019 Parole Act.
She further seeks a declaration that the decision to transfer Jackson is unconstitutional as it removed the jurisdiction for sentencing Jackson from the Irish State and handed it over to another state.