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Marian Price and Martin Corey should be released immediately – Adams

20 February, 2013 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams raised the continued imprisonment of Marian Price and Martin Corey in the Dáil on Tuesday and called on the Irish government to “unequivocally call for the release of these two individuals.”


Addressing the Taoiseach the Sinn Féin leader said:


“Last week, an all-party delegation from the Dáil visited Maghaberry prison, and also the city hospital, to meet Ms Marian Price.


“An Teachta Aengus Ó Snodaigh was my party's representative on that delegation and I have asked him to give the Taoiseach a report on it because there are issues of concern.


“The biggest issue at present surrounds the continued imprisonment of Ms Marian Price and Mr Martin Corey. They are held without charge or trial. There is no due process whatsoever.


“I raised this with the Taoiseach on a number of occasions and I gave him a doctor's report on Ms Price's health. The delegation found her very ill.


“Obviously, she is also grieving for her sister, Dolours, who died just a short time ago. She is confined. The Government needs to raise these issues.


“I would like to know when was the last time the matter was raised and whether the Government will unequivocally call for the release of these two individuals.”


The Taoiseach replied that he would raise it with the British Prime Minister and that it ‘is not easy to decide what is the best thing to do’.


Responding Gerry Adams said:

“On the issue of Ms Marian Price, the Taoiseach said it is difficult to know what to do. There is a straightforward rule. If a citizen is to be accused of an offence, that citizen should be brought forward and subjected to due process - sin é.


“Ms Marian Price has not been subjected to due process. Whatever has been said against her has been said in secret - she cannot even hear it. It is back to the old days of internment, commissions and all the rest of it.


“It is easy to know what to do, with respect. If they want to keep these individuals in prison, let them go through due process or let the rest of us demand that they be released forthwith.”

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