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Sinn Féin calls for immediate release of Tony Taylor

9 September, 2016 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin Justice Committee members Declan Kearney, Pat Sheehan and Michaela Boyle visited Maghaberry prison earlier today.

Speaking afterwards Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA said;

“Our fact-finding delegation to Maghaberry prison set out to get an insight in relation to the current prison environment.

“During our visit we had an opportunity to meet with prisoners both from the integrated wings and also political prisoners in Roe House. In addition we met with prison management and those involved in delivering education, training and employability skills.

“Today’s visit was extremely informative in relation to the pace of prison reform. 

“While much progress has been made in improving the quality of the prison environment for both prisoners and staff, it is clear there is some distance to go to deliver on the completion of comprehensive prison reform. Both political and ordinary prisoners, as well as members of staff, are all entitled to be treated with the highest standards of equality, respect and dignity.

“Our delegation also met with Tony Taylor, who is currently being wrongfully detained. He should be released from detention with immediate effect.

“We also met Brendan McConville who provided us with an update on the Justice for the Craigavon Two campaign. We discussed the serious concerns, which exist in relation to the convictions of Brendan and his co-accused John Paul Wooton.

“We will use today’s visit as the basis for further engagement with prison management and the Justice Department in relation to how prison reform should be maximised in the coming period.”

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