Taoiseach asked to back demand for immediate release of three “illegally held” Irish citizens
Having visited both Maghaberry Prison in Antrim and the prison cell in Belfast's City Hospital yesterday, Wednesday 13 February, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called on the Taoiseach to back demands for the immediate release of three Irish citizens being “held illegally” by the British government.
Aengus was part of a cross-party delegation of eight TDs and senators who visited Maghaberry Prison to meet a number of prisoners, including Martin Corry and Gary Adams. They also visited Marian McGlinchey, neé Price, who is being held in Belfast's City Hospital having been transferred there due to her deteriorating mental and physical health.
"In the case of both Martin Corry and Marian McGlinchey neé Price, the British have effectively interned them without trial. They are Irish citizens being held by a foreign state, illegally, with no charges, no evidence, no trial date and no release date.
“In the case of Gary Adams he is being held contrary to the Good Friday and Weston Park agreements which facilitated the release of prisoners convicted of offences which occurred prior to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, in his case 1984.
"I was shocked to see the deteriorating health of Marian, whose sister Dolours died recently, and who is effectively being held in isolation.
“The British Secretary of State has it within her powers to release her on compassionate grounds immediately, on the grounds she has no case to answer and the fact that given her frail health that she poses no 'risk to the security of the state'.
“In fact, vindictively to keep these three prisoners incarcerated, poses a bigger risk to the security of the state.
"I call on the Taoiseach to use his position as head of the Irish Government and President of the EU to demand their immediate release, as he would if other Irish citizens were being detained illegally anywhere else in the world.”