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Sinn Féin meet Justice Minister

30 June, 2010 - by Alex Maskey, Pat Sheehan, Westminster


A Sinn Féin delegation led by party President Gerry Adams including Justice spokesperson Alex Maskey and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness this morning met with the Justice Minister David Ford.


Speaking after the meeting Mr Maskey said:


“This mornings meeting covered a range of issues. Chief amongst them was the ongoing situation in Maghaberry and a number of upcoming contentious Orange Parades.


“We made it clear to Mr Ford our firm view that a number of the problems in Maghaberry including 23 hour lock up, restricted movement and access to education and other provisions can and should be sorted out without delay by the prison administration. This is simply an issue of political will and an issue that Sinn Féin are determined to see speedily resolved.


“We also took the opportunity this morning to raise with the Minister our concerns around ongoing attempts by the Orange Order to continue to march through areas they are not wanted and the knock on rise in tensions that this causes particularly in interface areas.”

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