‘I’ll be out before next Christmas’, evil Dwyer tells fellow inmates
Killer Graham Dwyer is so confident of winning his murder appeal next year that he has assured fellow inmates this Christmas will be his last spent behind bars.
Midlands Prison sources revealed that Dwyer is now devoting all his spare time to his upcoming Court of Appeal challenge against his conviction for the murder of Elaine O'Hara (36) in 2012.
His appeal was expected to be heard early in the new year, but it could now be delayed until later in 2017.
The Cork-born architect (44) has assured his fellow Midlands Prison inmates that he will not be behind bars for Christmas 2017.
He even joked to one inmate that he has already picked out the restaurant where he will celebrate his release.
Dwyer is now devoting up to six hours a day to studying the grounds for his appeal, which will centre on a number of forensic, evidential and technical issues.
Dwyer's sole social outlets are playing cards with a small circle of inmate acquaintances and using the prison library.
His family continues to visit him on a regular basis and he has maintained a letter-writing campaign to friends and former colleagues who have not severed ties with him.
However, the killer's confidence over his appeal and ongoing high profile has irked some other prisoners.
Dwyer, who is referred to as Prisoner 88335, has clashed with several inmates in the prison.
He was attacked by a serial rapist last summer after he bluntly refused to allow the man into a poker game.
In another incident, Dwyer was punched in the face after confronting a different rapist on the E3 landing of the prison.
Dwyer had apparently suspected the man of spreading rumours about him.
While the killer has a number of acquaintances in the prison, several of whom he has helped with education projects and socialises with, others are scathing of him.
"There are some who respect him [Dwyer] for keeping his head down and trying to get on with life in prison. He has been a model prisoner," one source said.
"But there are others who really don't like his high profile or his confidence that he will be released in 2017. Some are just jealous of the attention."
The Midlands Prison, where many of Ireland's murderers and rapists are detained, has an inmate population of more than 870.
Dwyer is a keen letter writer, though his access to the internet and films is restricted.
Over recent months he has been devoting enormous energy to his impending appeal.
A vegetarian, Dwyer follows a strict fitness regime and is one of the most avid users of the prison library.
Dwyer, of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, Dublin, was convicted of murdering Ms O'Hara on August 22, 2012.
The skeletal remains of the childcare worker were found on Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham, on September 13 ,2013.
His trial in March 2015 ranked as one of the most high-profile murder trials in Irish judicial history.
After a marathon hearing, the Central Criminal Court jury convicted Dwyer of murder and he received a mandatory life sentence.