Statement from Republican Political Prisoners, Roe House, Maghaberry Jail, Co Antrim.

Republican Political Prisoners, Roe House, Maghaberry, wish to clarify the current position of the planned downgrade to our already unacceptable visiting conditions which we have highlighted recently.

On Thursday 16th October 2014, Republican Political Prisoners’ representatives met with the jail governors who informed us that there would be no changes made to our current visiting arrangements and the proposed downgrade would not be imposed.

When pressed about the need for a modern visiting facility with privacy at its core, the governors simply stated that, at present, nothing was to change to our visiting area and there would not be a refurbishment.

This is neither a victory nor a resolution. The current visiting arrangements remain unacceptable. We have made clear and unambiguous recommendations for visiting conditions in our ‘Conditions Document’, to which family life and privacy are central.

The visits issue will not be resolved until these recommendations are implemented and respect and fair treatment are afforded to us and our families.

Republican Political Prisoners
Roe House
Maghaberry Jail,
Co Antrim
23rd October 2014

Support our prisoners on 4th Annual International POW-Day!

The 4th Annual International Day in support of the Irish Prisoners of War held in Maghaberry, Portlaoise, Hydebank, and Magilligan jails will be held on October 24, 25, and 26. Since 2011, the International POW-Day for Irish Republican prisoners is held annually on the last weekend of October. As last year, the POW-Day is organised by the independent “International Committee to Support the Irish Prisoners of War.”

The last weekend of October is a historical date for Irish Republicans. On October 25, 1917, the Ard-Fheis of Sinn Féin adopted a Republican Constitution. Three years later, Sinn Féin’s Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney, died after 74 days on hunger strike. Furthermore, Joseph Murphy died on hunger strike in Cork prison on that day. On October 27, 1980, the first H-Block hunger strike began, and on October 26, 1976, Máire Drumm, Vice-President of Sinn Féin, was murdered in the Mater Hospital, Belfast, by a loyalist death squad. Finally, on the last day of October 1973, the helicopter escape from Mountjoy jail took place.

In 2014, to mark these historical events as well as highlighting the plight of today’s Irish Republican POW’s, protests and pickets will be held in Ireland, England, Scotland, Continental Europe, North America, and Australia. A detailed and constantly updated list of events and protests is available from: http://supportthepows.irish-solidarity.net/

Críoch/Ends.

for confirmation: PRO International Committee to Support the Irish POW’s; supportthepows@irish-solidarity.net

List of Action for International POW Day

USA:

At 1pm Saturday October 25, 2014 at the Intersection of San Mateo and Central Ave in Albuquerque, NM, Red Student Faction-UNM (RSF) Students for Justice in Palestine-UNM (SJP) and New Mexico ANSWER Coalition will be having a Rally and Picket calling for the release of Irish POW’s and Palestinian Prisoners. (https://www.facebook.com/events/1471630239752636/)

New York: Saturday 1pm, outside Brit consulate in NYC, picket in support of IPOWs (organised by NIFC)


Canada:

Leaflet Drops organised for various cities, among These Ontario


Australia:
Sydney at 2.30pm on Saturday, meeting at circular quay. (organised by JCA)

Melbourne at 1pm on Saturday meeting at the celtic Club (organised by JCA)


Europe:

Germany: Protest outside British Consulate in Duesseldorf
Italy: Rome, picket, Friday 24, 3:30pm @ Piazza di Spagna
The Netherlands: Picket in The Hague (organised by RSF)

The Netherlands: Utrecht, Saturday, October 25, pickeet from 2pm to 4pm outside thyew Rooie rat Bookshop

France: Picket in Paris (organised by Liberation Irlande)
Scotland: Picket in Glasgow (organised by RSF)
England: Two picket in London (organised by IRPSG & RSF)


Ireland:

Cumman Padraig O Pearaill will hold a POW picket on the 25th of October in the Bullring in Wexford Town from 12-2pm (organised by RSF)
Dublin: From 12noon -1.45pm at the Daniel O’Connell statue in OConnell Street, Dublin on Saturday 25 October. (organised by RSF)
Belfast: White Line Picket on Falls Road, at Dunville Park (organised by RSF)

more Dates will be announced as they come in . . .