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Sinn Fein accuses Justice Department over compassionate parole refusal

24 March, 2006


Sinn Féin TD for Kerry North Martin Ferris tonight accused the Department of Justice of 'petty, vindictive behaviour' after they refused Republican prisoner Pearse McCauley compassionate parole to attend the funeral of his mother in law.

Deputy Ferris said:

"The decision to deny Pearse McCauley parole to attend the funeral of his mother in law is the latest petty, vindictive decision by the Department of Justice regarding compassionate parole applications by Republican prisoners in Castlerea.

"It appears that the Department of Justice is rowing back on conditions which were hard won by Republican prisoners over many years. It is unacceptable that the Department of Justice is for its own narrow reasons penalising Republican prisoners in this fashion." ENDS

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