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Sinn Féin meets Maghaberry Review Panel

20 August, 2003


Speaking after meeting the Steele Review Panel looking into safety at Maghaberry, Sinn Féin Representative Raymond McCartney said:

"The setting up of this Review is a tacit admission that the safety of prisoners is the issue. This makes it clear-cut. What is required is segregation. It is now a question of when and how segregation will be applied across the board.

"It is a question of commonsense. It is a question of safety.

"Sinn Féin has consistently opposed the actions of these micro groups who have little or no support or strategy. However, it is clear that forced integration does not work. There is no logic in trying to force politically hostile prisoners to live together in prison.

"The NIO already operate a policy of segregation in Maghaberry for individuals from within the differing factions of Loyalism. This was a decision taken on the grounds of safety and without any necessity for a review. ENDS

Speaking after meeting the Steele Review Panel looking into safety at Maghaberry, Sinn Féin Representative Raymond McCartney said:

"The setting up of this Review is a tacit admission that the safety of prisoners is the issue. This makes it clear-cut. What is required is segregation. It is now a question of when and how segregation will be applied across the board.

"It is a question of commonsense. It is a question of safety.

"Sinn Féin has consistently opposed the actions of these micro groups who have little or no support or strategy. However, it is clear that forced integration does not work. There is no logic in trying to force politically hostile prisoners to live together in prison.

"The NIO already operate a policy of segregation in Maghaberry for individuals from within the differing factions of Loyalism. This was a decision taken on the grounds of safety and without any necessity for a review. ENDS

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