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Sinn Féin delegation to visit prisoners in Maghaberry Gaol

24 June, 2010 - by Raymond McCartney

A Sinn Féin delegation which recently met with the prisoners and administration in the Maghaberr will return to the gaol tomorrow (Friday 25th).

Speaking ahead of the visit with prisoners in Roe House, Foyle MLA and vice-chair of the Assembly Justice Committee, Raymond McCartney said;

“Sinn Féin will use this opportunity to update the effected prisoners about what we have been doing since our last visit with them.

Over the course of recent weeks a number of Sinn Féin representatives have visited prisoners in Maghaberry. We are actively seeking a resolution to the issues in the jail. It is important that prisoner’s rights are protected.
Gerry Adams raised the issue directly with David Ford. We have also met with relatives of prisoners affected by the current regime in the prison.
We are currently involved in an ongoing engagement with the Justice Department as we seek to ensure a speedy resolution of the problems in Maghaberry.
Carál Ní Chuilín and myself met with the Director of the Prison Service Robin Masefield on numerous occasions to outline our ongoing concerns about the situation in Roe House and in relation to the Prison system overall.
Party representatives also attended a public meeting in Conway Mill on the 29th May in relation to the situation for prisoners in Maghaberry, they outlined Sinn Féin’s position following our delegation’s visit to the prison.
It remains our view that with the right political will the outstanding issues can be resolved and a humane regime can quickly be put in place. People being held in prison have the right to be treated with respect and dignity” CRÍOCH

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