Brendan Lillis – A Humanitarian Issue (via prisons of shame)

Brendan Lillis - A Humanitarian Issue "Trying To Save Brendan's Life" Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old prisoner from West Belfast is currently desperately ill in the medical wing of the notorious Maghaberry prison in County Antrim. He suffers from the intensely painful and progressive disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis which due to other medical complications has seen him unable to move from his bed for 14 months and his weight has dropped to a perilous 6 stones (38.1 Kilos !). Due t … Read More

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The case of Brendan Lillis (via The Irish Law & Democracy Committee)

The case of Brendan Lillis "Brendan Lillis is a former republican political prisoner who served a life sentence as a result of his involvement in the North’s violent political conflict. He served around 16 years for possession of explosives and firearms. In 1992 he  was released on license. In 2009 he appeared in court on a robbery related charge, a charge which is no longer to be proceeded with. Shortly after his arrest the British Secretary of State withdrew his licence … Read More

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Rescheduled Event: The case of Michael McKevitt: A contemporary miscarriage of Justice? (via The Irish Law & Democracy Committee)

Rescheduled Event: The case of Michael McKevitt: A contemporary miscarriage of Justice? The Irish Law & Democracy Committee has rescheduled the following event: The case of Michael McKevitt: A contemporary miscarriage of Justice? The event has been rescheduled for Thursday 12th May 2011 at 7pm in Room 2/26 Peter Froggart Centre, Queens University, Belfast   The panel will include: Peter Corrigan LLB (K. Winter Solicitors) Dr Vicky Conway (QUB Law School specialising in Policing, and Miscarriages of Justice, author of The Blue Wa … Read More

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>DATES FOR QUEENS PROTEST MARCHS

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Republican Sinn Féin will be holding a series of protests during the visit of the Queen of England to Dublin on May 17/18 and in Kildare on May 19.

On May 17 Republican Sinn Féin will assemble at the Black Church, St Mary’s Place (facing Granby Row and the Maldron Hotel) in Upper Dorset St at 12 noon. (Garden of Remembrance).

On Wednesday May 18 we will assemble at the junction of Summerhill Parade and Portland Row at 12 noon. (Croke Park).

On that evening (of May 18 we will assemble at the junction of New St and Nicholas St near St Patrick’s Cathedral at 5pm. (Dublin Castle).

On Thursday May 19 in Kildare Town at 10am in the Market Square. (National Stud)

Some venues may be subject to change; for up to date information contact Republican Sinn Féin Ard Oifig at: 01 8729747 / 087 9374277.

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PROTEST ACTION HAS COMMENCED.

On Friday 6th May 2011 at 10pm republican prisoners started protest action against the failure of gaol admin/NIO to implement the 12th August 2010 agreement.

Shortly after they began protest action the riot squad entered their cells and attacked them before physically removing the prisoners. The prisoners were trailed out of their cells and along the landing.

3 prisoners, John Paul Wottoon, Mark McGuigan and Gerard McManus were stripped naked by the riot squad and then trailed around their cells (through the debris of the broken sink and toilet etc) before being trailed along the landing.  They have received injuries as a result.

The prisoners were then separated from the other prisoners not on protest, and are now on a different landing. Their cells have been stripped bare and they have no access to dry clothing. The sewage system is now faulty which means that when the other prisoners flush their toilets all the toilet waste is now flooding into their cells.

Since Friday night the prisoners on protest have been locked up under rule 7, and have not been able to make contact with their families. Gerard Mc Manus’ family were refused their family visit yesterday (Sunday).

Today the prisoners were informed that rule 7 had been lifted and that they would all be allocated 5mins to make a phone call.