22 September 2005

Sinn Féin 'slighted dissident prisoners'

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(Irish News)

Sinn Féin has been accused of snubbing dissident republican prisoners during a visit to Maghaberry jail yesterday (Tuesday).

North Belfast assembly member Gerry Kelly and South Down assembly member Catriona Ruane were understood to have briefed prisoners on recent developments and raised concerns with the prison governor.

However, independent republican Dolours Price claimed last night that the Sinn Féin delegation had refused to meet non-Provisional republican prisoners.

"They were slighted in a way that they should not have been," she said.

"To be ignored in that manner was not hurtful, in that they do not subscribe to Gerry Kelly's republicanism, but it was wrong."

However, a Sinn Féin spokesman has denied the claims.

"Any prisoners who requested a meeting with Gerry Kelly and Catriona Ruane met with them," he said.

Gerry Kelly said: "Sinn Féin raised with the governor and senior staff a number of concerns we have particularly involving the regime used in the segregated section of the prison."

September 22, 2005
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This article appeared first in the September 21, 2005 edition of the Irish News.

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