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Garda Jerry McCabe killer questioned over stabbing of his wife Pauline Tully McAuley

Pearse McAuley is being held at Cavan Garda Station.

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A MAN WHO was convicted and jailed for the manslaughter of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe is being questioned by gardaí today in relation to the stabbing of his wife.

Pauline Tully-McAuley is being treated for serious stab wounds in hospital this morning following an incident in Cavan yesterday.

The assault occurred at a house in Kilnaleck Wednesday afternoon.

Gardaí were called to the scene and Pearse McAuley was arrested. He was held for questioning at Cavan Garda Station, garda sources confirmed to TheJournal.ie this morning.

It is understood the woman in her 40s suffered a punctured lung in the attack.

A former Sinn Féin councillor, Tully-McAuley gave up her seat to concentrate on her teaching career and her family.  The party told TheJournal.ie this morning that it would not be commenting on the incident. 

McAuley, a former IRA man, spent 10 and a half years in prison for the manslaughter of Jerry McCabe. The garda was killed during an attempted robbery in Adare, county Limerick in June 1996.

Initial charges of murder against him three others were dropped after witnesses refused to testify for fear of the IRA.

McAuley was released from prison in 2009.

However, he had been granted temporary release in January 2003 so he could marry Pauline Tully. The ceremony took place in her hometown of Kilnaleck.

Read: Woman in her 40s stabbed in Cavan

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