Republican prisoners Pearse McCauley and Kevin Walsh were released from Castlerea prison on Wednesday.
Despite the fact that these men qualifed for early release under the GFA they served their full sentences.
Speaking following the release of the two republicans, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:
“In a public statement some years ago the IRA members convicted in relation to Jerry McCabe’s death and the wounding of Garda Ben O’ Sullivan, expressed their deep regret and apologised for the ‘hurt and grief we have caused to their families’.
I believe that this apology was genuine and it echoes the sentiments of republicans everywhere. I deeply regret the great loss and hurt suffered by the McCabe and O’Sullivan families. "