Free Tony Taylor now interned 376 Day’s

Tony Taylor from Derry City is currently Interned in Maghaberry Prison.

To date, there has been no allegation of wrongdoing let alone evidence put to Tony by the authorities to explain his continued imprisonment.

The decision to jail Tony has been taken by the British Secretary of State, based on unaccountable intelligence supposedly provided by the security services. This is an abuse of power, undemocratic and an infringement of human rights.

#freetonytaylor

With many thanks to: James Connolly.

Tony Taylor from Derry City is currently Interned in Maghaberry Prison

To date, there has been no allegation of wrongdoing let alone evidence put to Tony by the authorities to explain his continued imprisonment.

The decision to jail Tony has been taken by the British Secretary of State, based on unaccountable intelligence supposedly provided by the security services. This is an abuse of power, undemocratic and an infringement of human rights.

#freetonytaylor

Republican prisoner Tony Taylor’s wife makes direct appeal to Stormont ‘Don’t Forget About My Husband’

Republican prisoner Tony Taylor's wife makes direct appeal to Stormont 'Don't forget about my husband'
The wife of a prominent Derry republican who was returned to prison last year has spoken of the difficulties her family has faced on the first anniversary of his detention.

Tony Taylor has been held in custody at Maghaberry prison since March 2016 following the revoking of his license by then Secretary of State Theresa Villiers.

He was arrested by the PSNI while on a shopping trip with his family at Crescent Link Retail Park.

At the time the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) said his licence was revoked by the Parole Commission because of the risk he posed to the public.

Mr Taylor was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1994 after he was seriously injured in a premature explosion in Derry.

He was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

In 2011 he was sentenced to three years in jail for possession of a rifle. He was released in 2014.

There have repeated calls for the now Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, to release Mr Taylor, as concerns continue over his health, and the lack of evidence against him.

A protest rally marking the first anniversary of Mr Taylor’s detention was held outside the PSNI Station on the Strand Road on Saturday, where Mr Taylor’s wife spoke of the difficulties she and her three children had faced over the past year, during which time she said her family have been placed under ‘constant surveillance’ by the PSNI and she has not been allowed to visit her husband in prison.

Mrs Taylor said that the past 12 months had been especially hard for her son, Bliain, who is disabled.

“It is difficult for me to explain how we as a family have been traumatised by Tony’s arrest and detention,” she said.

“His continued absence is having a devastating impact on our family.

“Our son Bliain is now totally dependent on me, and I myself am both physically and emotionally drained.”

“I believe his arrest is linked to his political beliefs and his work on behalf of Republican prisoners, but we don’t accept there is any further reason for him being detained, and no evidence has been produced for this.”

She added that there are also concerns for husband’s health, which she said will continue to deteriorate the longer he remains in jail.

Mrs Taylor also said she now wished to visit Stormont and directly address politicians about her family’s situation.

“I would like to be invited to Stormont so I can explain what we have been going through and how unjust Tony’s treatment has been, because he is the only man currently interned in the country,” she said.

“I want to be sure that Tony’s is not forgotten about by the politicians because Tony’s rights, and our rights, have been repeatedly denied.”

Gary Donnelly, independent councillor on Derry City and Strabane District Council, said that local parties now need to step up their efforts in lobbying for Mr Taylor’s release, after the council passed a motion in April of last year.

“The corporate position of Derry City and Strabane District Council is that Tony should be released immediately, so the councillors in there and their political parties should be taking the case forward, and it’s about time that the councillors who signed up to that motion put pressure on the British government,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein councillor Paul Fleming added: “Tony Talyor shouldn’t be in prison, he is being held without being charged, without due process, and we will continue to support Lorraine and her family in getting Tony released.”

Report on MagHaberry for UNHRW

I enjoyed your recent talk at I.S. Hamburg. Thank you forgiving me your contact details. The Human Rights situation which I am deeplyconcerned about is with regard to the Internment and Torture happening in HMPMaghaberry in the North of Ireland.In this report I have included a timeline of events.Statements from Prisone…rs and families of ex prisoners, statements fromPolitical Parties, Press and media articles as well as links to video and othermulti media.
To begin with, might I take this opportunity to raiseconcerns that there appears to be an almost complete media blackout of theevents which are happening in HMP Maghaberry, and that things have deteriorated(since you and I first spoke,) to the point where there are now upwards of 20prisoners involved in a “no wash” protest. This involves either smearing theirexcrement on the walls of their cells or alternatively “stirring” the excrementand urine together to form a liquid which is then poured out of the cell doors,and unfortunately almost invariably swept back into the cells by staff andothers involved in the cleaning of the prison wings.
Whilst I and others are extremely concerned about thewelfare of all of the Prisoners there are a numbers of Prisoners which forreasons of chronic ill health we feel compelled to highlight specifically andindividually.
They are as follows.
 
Marian Price Mc Glinchey – a female prisoner currently beingheld in Hydebank women’s prison, after being held for over 9 months inisolation in an all male prison. Marian suffers from arthritis, PTSD, anorexiaand is now in constant pain and has progressive alopecia. Information on Marian, see Attachment 1
Gerry Mc Geough- a male prisoner in his 50’s, currently heldin Maghaberry,  with chronic and lifethreatening heart failure, who we feel should have qualified under the “GoodFriday” St Andrews agreementand been granted parole on compassionate grounds.

STOP POLITICIAL POLICING

Despite this Mr Mc Geough has had to be admitted to hospital on severaloccasions because of post-operative complications with “Stents” which werefitted in his circulatory system (5 have been fitted to date).He has recently been moved from the prison to hospital under a veil of secrecy,causing his wife and family quite some distress. See Attachment 2.
Martin Corey – a male prisoner in his 50’s currently beingheld without charge or explanation on the orders of Owen Patterson MP,Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who it seems over-rules the electedParliament of Northern Ireland, including the Minister for Justice David Ford.See Attachment 3.
Tony Taylor – a male “Remand” Prisoner in his 50’s. Tony hadhis spleen removed several years ago and still has shrapnel in his body from abomb-blast which occurred just prior to his spleen having to be removed. SeeAttachment 4.
Brian Shivers- a male Prisoner Terminally Ill suffering fromCystic Fibrosis and been told by specialists that he has five years or less tolive (if given adequate medical treatment). Brian has just been sentenced to 25years in prison, effectively a death sentence given his health condition. SeeAttachment 5.

 
History of Brendans illness “Ankylosing Spondylitis”. Thecampaign to free him: Re: The medical facilities at HMP Maghaberry. See Attachment 6.
Other useful contacts t etc. Included in Attachment 8.
Conclusion:For the best part of 2 years now, Irish Prisoners in HMPMaghaberry have been involved in some form of protest over conditions withinthe Prison. Points of particular confrontation would appear to be the continueduse of forced strip searching of Prisoners and continued controlled movement.These practices continue despite an agreement being reached between Prisonersand Prison authorities in August 2011. The agreement was reached with the helpof outside mediators including clergymen, but has so far not been implementedby the Prison authorities. Apart from the aforementioned circumstances ofPrisoners being incarcerated in HMP Maghaberry several other Prisoners andtheir families have alleged that a system of regular brutality and isolationprevails within the Prison. Recently released Prisoners Damian Mc Laughlin and Colin Duffy have gone onrecord to detail the situation within the Prison. See Attachment 8.
It is my own professional opinion, having studied Medicine at Degree level, that notonly are the Healthcare “facilities” at Maghaberry inadequate, but I believethat they are in fact “non-existent”. For example: The ex prisoner BrendanLillis being given approx. 10 days to live due to being unable to tolerate foodof fluids and the “Maghaberry” Medical staff being unable to even cannulate avein for an intravenous infusion of potentially life saving fluids.Mr Lillis has since been released to the care of outside Medical facilities andhis family.
It is my sincere hope that UNHRW will take positive actionRe: Maghaberry Prison, as to date all other avenues that have been exploredhave proved to be unhelpful.Particularly unhelpful has been Amnesty International Ireland who despite beingcontacted several times about ths situation have chosen either to ignore theconcerns and furthermore, recently deleting legitimate comments and questionsfrom their Facebook page and banning anyone from their page who raises even theleast concern about the situation in HMP Maghaberry.
Bearing in mind that the eerily similar situation in theH-Blocks of HMP Maze resulted in the deaths on Hunger-Strike of 10 Prisoners, Iimplore you to investigate the situation in Maghaberry Prison as matter ofgreat urgency.
 
Yours faithfully
 
Mr Nollaig Connolly O.D.P. M.T.O.  
 
 Linked Attachments
Attachemnt 1 Re:Marian Price Mc Glinchey.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/01/19/the-case-of-marian-price/#.Tz_5vyfbN-w.facebook
https://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/notes/fermanaghcavan-csm/statement-on-marian-prices-internment-and-removal-to-hydebank/191757110925624

 
Attachment 2 Re: Gerry Mc Geough.
https://seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/secretary-of-state-refuses-to-meet-derry-mla-on-price-and-mcgeough-prison-cases/http://www.tyronetimes.co.uk/news/local/mcgeough_to_learn_fate_over_jail_term_1_3544956#.T0TWcw7tsRA.facebook
https://seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/statement-from-gerry-mcgeough-on-his-one-year-incarceration-today-in-maghaberry-prison-2182012/
Attachment 3 Re:Martin Corey.
http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/freemartincoreyhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Release-Martin-Corey/173309709401159?ref=ts&sk=wall#!/pages/Release-Martin-Corey/173309709401159
Attachment 4 Re: Tony Taylor
http://www.derryjournal.com/news/local/my_husband_will_die_in_there_1_3418869
http://www.republicannetwork.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=236%3Acogus-pow-tony-taylor-forced-on-dirty-protest-on-committal-wing&catid=44%3Aprisoners-support&Itemid=30
Attachment 5 Re:Brian Shivers.
https://seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/statement-from-the-family-friends-of-republican-prisoners-maghaberry-20th-feb-2012/
Attachment 6 Re:Brenda Lillis.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis/
http://www.thejournal.ie/republican-prisoner-brendan-lillis-set-free-from-prison-205033-Aug2011/
Attacment 7 Re: Statements from recently released ex prisoners Damian Mc Laugling & Colin Duffy.
http://friendsofcolinduffy.com/ColinspeaksoutaboutMaghaberry.aspxLiam Mellows Society, Derry
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis/#!/mandy.mccabe.duffy/posts/2989540852043http://www.32csm.net/2012/02/32csm-female-member-beaten-to-pulp-by.html#!/2012/01/echoes-of-1981-from-andersonstown-news.htmlAttachment 8 Helpful Link to Families & Friends of Prisoners and other contactshttp://republicanprisonersmaghaberry.com/default.aspxAttachment 9  Useful Contact for Northern Ireland Assembly.Emmett DoyleParliamentary Advisor to Pat Ramsey MLA.
emmetdoyle@niassembly.gov.uk

St Pauli Maghaberry Awareness Group Deutschland 
contact details stpaulimag@yahoo.ie.

 
 
 
 
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