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Sinn Féin delegation meet Justice Minister over prison conditions

6 August, 2014 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA and junior minister Jennifer McCann led a delegation of Sinn Féin MLAs to meet Justice Minister David Ford to discuss conditions in Maghaberry prison. 

Speaking after the meeting, which was also attended by Rosie McCorley and Sean Lynch, the West Belfast MLA said; 

"I and other Sinn Féin MLAs recently visited Maghaberry Prison to meet with republican prisoners in Rose House about conditions in the prison. 

"We also met with prison administration representatives, including the deputy governor. 

"Following that meeting we asked for an urgent meeting with Justice Minister David Ford to discuss the concerns of the prisoners and the conditions in which they are being held. 

"As a result I met the minister today alongside Rosie McCorley and Sean Lynch. 

"We raised concerns over proposed changes to the visiting arrangements at the prison.

"We also raised the issue of controlled movement and pressed the minister to do all he can to have the 2010 agreement implemented in order to improve the situation in the prison. 

"During the meeting with David Ford we also discussed our concerns over strip searching and the number of prisoners held on the isolation wing. 

"The meeting was positive and we stressed the importance of resolving the issues raised by the prisoners. 

"David Ford said he would take the concerns on board and look into them.

"Sinn Féin will continue in out efforts to have all these issues resolved to ensure that all prisoners can be treated with dignity and respect.”

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