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Ó Snodaigh demands release of republican prisoners

29 November, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the Eamon Gilmore to demand of the British Government an end of the internment without trial of two Irish citizens in the Six Counties and to honour the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement and Weston Park Agreement and release two other Irish citizens being held in Maghaberry Prison in the North.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh was part of a cross party delegation which visited a number of republican prisoners in Maghaberry Prison and Marion Price who is currently being detained in the City Hospital. The delegation also met with the North’s Minister for Justice David Ford.

Both Marion Price and Martin Corey are being held without charge, sentence or release dates.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“It is the judicial norms in a democratic society that those arrested would be charged or released but the British government has once again, in its dealings with Ireland, violated the basic rights of Irish citizens.

“I call on the British Government to act now and release both Marion Price and Martin Corey. Eamon Gilmore should contact the British Government directly to make this demand on behalf of the Irish Government.”

In relation to two of the other prisoners whom the delegation met, Gerry McGeough and Gary Adams, Ó Snodaigh called for their immediate release and reminded the British and Irish government that both qualify for release under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and Weston Park. One of the men is seriously ill having had a 7th stent inserted in his heart only this week.

Ó Snodaigh said;

“Failure to release Gerry McGeough and Gary Adams is a breach of commitment made during the peace process by both governments and they should be released without any further delay.

“That these men are in jail, away from their families and friends without any release date, is feeding anti-peace process sentiment in some quarters and is an insult to those who endorsed the Good Friday Agreement 14 years ago.” ENDS

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