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Sinn Féin TD demands repatriation of Aidan Hulme

4 May, 2006

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Arthur Morgan has demanded that both the British and Irish governments get their act together and ensure that Louth man Aidan Hulme, currently imprisoned in England, is immediately repatriated back to Ireland to enable him to receive adequate medical care.

Deputy Morgan said:

"Aidan Hulme is currently serving a 22-year sentence in prison in England. Prior to his arrest and imprisonment he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that left him with a severely injured leg. In the immediate aftermath of the accident he was receiving medical treatment and his condition was improving at the time of his detention.

"Subsequent to his arrest and imprisonment in Belmarsh Special Secure Unit, his medical condition began to deteriorate at an alarming rate to the point where he is in danger of losing his leg if proper medical treatment is not granted. It is my view that this treatment will not be granted while he remains in prison in England.

"The British authorities had transferred all the official documentation relating to his repatriation bid to the Department of Justice in Dublin by September 2005 but the application has still not been processed. These delays are unacceptable and are without doubt leaving open the risk of him having his injured leg amputated in England.

"I am calling on the British and Irish governments to speed-up existing repatriation procedures and return Aidan Hulme to Ireland immediately so he can receive the medical attention currently denied to him in England." ENDS

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