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Adams calls for release of Margaretta D'Arcy

20 February, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has again called for the immediate release of Margaretta D’Arcy from Prison. Margaretta D'Arcy is currently held in the Dóchas centre in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin.

The Sinn Féin leader renewed his call after receiving correspondence from the Minister for Justice on Ms D’Arcy’s medical treatment in prison.

Mr Adams and party colleague Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh visited Magaretta D’Arcy in Limerick prison last Wednesday.

Gerry Adams said:

"Margaretta D’Arcy is 79 years old, suffers from Parkinsons disease and is undergoing treatment for cancer. While I accept the Minister for Justice’s assurance, in a letter to me, that Margaretta has “access to the full range of services in prison, including all medical services” including 24 hour nursing service, and daily access to a doctor if requested, or on referral by the nursing staff, nonetheless she is a frail and elderly woman with a serious medical condition who should not be in prison.

“Margaretta is taking a stand for Irish neutrality and for human rights and against the use of a civilian airport for military purposes, and the secret rendition of detainees to places of torture. She is not alone in expressing opposition to government policy.

“The Irish Human Rights Commission has accused the government of ‘not complying with its human rights obligations to prevent torture or inhumane or degrading treatment (and that its) reliance on the assurances of the US government is not enough.’

“Three years ago the UN Committee against Torture expressed concern about the co-operation of theIrish government in a rendition programme and others have criticised the government’s participation in CIA operations.

“Margaretta is not a criminal. She represents no threat to the public and it is outrageous that she should be still in prison. Margaretta D’Arcy should be released immediately."

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