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Situation in Roe House needs resolved – Sinn Féin

18 June, 2010 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín (North Belfast) has said that Sinn Féin representatives continue to express serious concerns about the current situation for Prisoners in Roe House, Maghaberry prison.

Ms Ní Chuilín was giving a breakdown of the engagements carried out by Sinn Féin after a party delegation recently met prisoners during a visit to Maghaberry.

Speaking today she said;

“Over the course of recent weeks a number of Sinn Féin representatives have visited prisoners in Maghaberry. We are actively seeking a resolution to the issues in the jail. It is important that prisoners rights are protected.

Gerry Adams raised the issue directly with David Ford. We have also met with relatives of prisoners affected by the current regime in the prison.

We are currently involved in an ongoing engagement with the Justice Department as we seek to ensure a speedy resolution of the problems in Maghaberry.

Raymond McCartney and myself met with the Director of the Prison Service Robin Masefield on numerous occasions to outline our ongoing concerns about the situation in Roe House and in relation to the Prison system overall.

I recently attended a public meeting in Conway Mill on the 29th May in relation to the situation for prisoners in Maghaberry, I outlined Sinn Féin’s position following our delegation’s visit to the prison.

It remains our view that with the right political will the outstanding issues can be resolved and a humane regime can quickly be put in place. People being held in prison have the right to be treated with respect and dignity” CRÍOCH

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