Category Archives: SUPPORT OUR P.O.W’s IN MAGHABERRY.
Fiona McFadden facing charge of supplying a false alibi
AN UNEMPLOYED single mother from Co Armagh is to stand trial in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black.
Fiona McFadden (29), of Killough Gardens, Lurgan, appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday for a brief arraignment hearing. She pleaded NOT GUILTY to a single charge that she supplied a false alibi to a murder suspect on the day after Mr Black was killed.The charge alleges that on November 3 2012 she “did an act which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice, namely, informed police officers investigating the murder of David Black that Sean McVeigh had been in her company at her address between 4pm and 9.30pm on the 31st day of October 2012”. The court heard her trial is expected to last a number of weeks. McFadden was released on continuing bail to await the fixing of a date for her trial later this year. Mr Black was shot dead on the M1 motorway in Co Armagh as he went to work (as a prison officer) at Maghaberry Prison in November 2012. The 52-year-old father-of-two was the first prison officer in the North of Ireland to be executed in almost 20 years. Sean McVeigh (33), of Victoria Road, Lurgan was charged at Craigavon Magistrates Court last February with the killing of Mr Black. He was further charged with possessing an assault rifle with the intent to endanger life. However, in July last year all the charges against him were dropped (Internment by Remand) he was not found guilty of any crime.
With many thanks to: The Irish News, for the orgional story.
Massive-Semtex-haul accused has case against him dropped.
A NORTH Belfast man accused of the largest Semtex in the last 10 years has had the case against him dropped.
Prosecutors said they were withdrawing a charge that Thomas Hughes possessed explosives with intent to endanger life. The decision, confirmed at Belfast Magistrates Court, follows a reveiew of all available forensic evedince in the case. Mr Hughes (47), of Maeve House in the New Lodge area, was arrested after police discovered 2.5kg of Semtex at the apartment complex in May. It had been cut into two blocks and wrapped in clingfilm and tinfoil. Laytex gloves and knife suspected of having been used to divide the explosives were seized. Mr Hughes, originally from Scotland, was not in the property when police raided it. At a previous court hearing his lawyer described him as coming from a republican background, being a strong supporter of the peace process and being vehemently opposed to any dissident republican acivity. Following confirmation of the prosecution position on Friday District Judge Fiona Bagnall ordered the charge against him to be withdrawn. Mr Hughe’s solicitor Michael Madden said his client should never have been before the courts. Mr Madden, of Madden and Finucane solicitors, said the hearing “marks the culmination of a sustained campaign of campaign of represtations at remand hearings for the Public Prosecution Service and the RUC/PSNI to serve evidence alleged to connect our client to the high explosives haul”. “This was a prosecution against Mr Hughes that should never have been brought,” he said. “We made strenuous objections both in Antrim Serious Crime Suite and our client’s first remand hearing as to the sufficiency and strength of the evidence said to properly ground this charge. “We are pleased that Mr Hughes can now look forward to putting this traumatic experience behind him and to getting back to his normal life.”
With many thanks to: The Irish News.
Another Shinner bites the dust
Former hunger striker took job bias case
THE man once known as Shame Fein’s “chief executive” has settled a legal action against the former republican party.
The former hunger striker took the case on the grounds of discrimination for holding a political opinion, unfair dismissal and breach of contract. Shame Fein political director Leo Green (61) took the unprecedented employment case against the former republican party following his shock departure ahead of this year’s Ard Fheis. Reports that the former hunger striker had left the party were dismissed at the time, with the former republican party insisting Mr Green had renewed his membership just a month earlier. However, when The Irish News revealed that an official complaint had been lodged with the Office of the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment, Shame Fein was forced to concede that it was being sued by a man who had been one of its most senior activists. His departure from Parliament Buildings coincided with that of fellow high-ranking party worker Jackie McMullan. Both men had been members of Shame Fein’s inner circle at Stormont since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement but it is thought a series of clashes over policy led to a parting of ways.
It has been suggested that Mr Green was involved in the original welfare reform negotiations with the DUP which concluded with Shame Fein agreeing to adopt some aspects of the controversial benefits overhaul. However, it is thought that the party ditched this strategy under pressure form senior officials in the Republic, including party leader Gerry Adams. After Mr Green lodged his complaint against Shame Fein the former republican party said it would contest the case but a spokesman confirmed to this newspaper last night that the proceedings had been halted before the need for a tribunal. “We can confirm that the issues between Leo Green and Shame Fein have been resolved amicably on terms, which are confidential to both parties,” the spokesman said. “This matter is now concluded.” Mr Green, who was known unofficially as “Shame Fein’s chief executive”, initally worked at Stormont as a special adviser to the then health minister Bairbre de Brun before joining Martin (J118) McGuinness’s staff. The Lurgan man was jailed in the late 1970s for the murder of a police officer and spent 53 days on hunger strike in 1980. He was succeeded in his role at Parliament Buildings by former leading republican from Belfast Bobby Storey.
With many thanks to: John Manly, Political Correspondent, The Irish News, for the orgional story.
HELP STOP THE ABUSE AND HATRED
directed towards the families and children of Irish Republican POWs
STOP THE HATRED NOW!
The Sectarian Hatred directed towards visitors of Irish Republican prisoners is palpable.
HELP SUPPORT THE DEPENDANTS OF IRISH POLITICAL PRISONERS
With many thanks to: Linda Pollender – IRNF
‘The further deaths of prison staff is inevitability should the Maghaberry situation not be resolved – ‘IRA’.
THE ‘IRA’ has claimed responsibility for two letter bombs addressed to prison officers at Maghaberry jail and has warned of further attacks.
The dissident republican group, which was formed in 2012 after a merger of the Real IRA, North-West-Based Republican Action Against Drugs and independent republicans from Mid Ulster, was behind the murder of prison officer David Black in November 2012. In a statement, using a recognised codeword, the ‘IRA’ stated that republican prisoners were subject to “degradation and torture” within the jail and said Mr Blacks murder was a “warning that has not been heeded”. “The further deaths of prison staff is an inevitability should the Maghaberry situation not to be resolved,” it said. The group claimed it was behind two letter bombs addressed to prison officers at Maghaberry and said they (the prison officers) “must be removed from Roe House immediately or face direct action from either inside or outside the jail”. “The IRA has the intelligence, capability, weaponry and volunteers at its disposal to take further actions against prison staff and management,” the statement said. “We will not be found wanting in that regard.” Meanwhile, The Irish News has learned the two letter bombs were sent from the same post box on the outskirts of Derry city. British army bomb-disposal experts were called in on Thursday and Friday when letters addressed to serving Maghaberry prison officers aroused the suspicions of postal staff at Derry’s Great James Street and Lisburn sorting offices. Both letters – which were subsequently found to contain viable devices – were posted at Woodlands on the northern outskirts of Derry, close to the border with Co Donegal.
Sources have said police beleived the Woodlands postal box was used because of its proximity to the border and for forensic reasons. It is beleived Woodlands was also used because those posting the letters would not be caught on CCTV cameras. “Many other letter boxes are in areas which are well covered by CCTV and therefore they would have been caught on camera,” a source told The Irish News. “This shows the ruthlessness of those behind the attack. They were willing to let postal workers carry highly dangerous material from Culmore [ adjacent to Woodlands ] into the sorting office,” The use of an isolated post box is further evidence of a new and emerging generation of dissident republicans who are technically more aware than their predecessors. Last week, The Irish News revealed security services used unmanned aerial drones to collect evidence against dissident republicans. It emerged that intelligence collected by drones was used in the case against Derry republican Tony Taylor. Tylor, (45) from Derry’s Bishop Street, was sentenced at Belfast Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession of a rifle in August 2011. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, with three years to be spent in custody and five on licence. The battle for technical superiority between the security services and dissident republicans has been growing since 2010 when officers highly trained in electronic surveilliance were deployed into the North of Ireland and in Derry. The officers are all members of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR). In an exclusive report in October 2010, The Irish News revealed a detachment of army intelligence special operations officers were sent to the city (Derry). Established in 2005, the SRR, is an intelligence support unit for the Special Air Service (SAS) and other similar units within the British military. The officers’ deployment in Derry has resulted in a number of spectacular successess in the city since 2010. They have included the interception of attacks, including the forced stop of a van containing four primed mortars in Derry’s Brandywell in March of last year.
With many thanks to: Claire Simpson and Seamus McKinney, The Irish News.
‘I was strip-searched 30 times. Held in the crucifix position and left lying debased and humiliated’
EIRIGI MAN TELLS HOW VISITS FROM SON (6) KEPT HIM GOING
REPUBLICAN ACTIVIST CLEARED AFTER 14 MONTHS
REPUBLICAN activist Stephen Murney says he endured repeated strip searches in a 14 month “living hell” behind bars.
In an exclusive interview with the Sunday World within days of walking free, after being cleared of a raft of terrorist charges, the Eirigi press officer lifted the lid on the brutal prison regime which he described as physical and mental torture. “I was forcibly strip searched about 20 to 30 times when I was in there (Maghaberry),” he said. “Just before the searches were about to happen, I was taken into a room and asked if I was going to comply with a search, I would make it known I wouldn’t. “Then I was left in a room for about 15 minutes, a reflection period they would call it (the prison officers), in a cell by yourself. “Basically this was to get you worried, as you know what’s going to happen to you. The cell then opens and half a dozen screws (prison officers), the Riot Squad (ninja’s) as they are known in jail, enter the room in black boiler suits with utility belts and batons. You are standing in the cell, they stand around you. “One in front, grabbed me by the face, each one to the side grabbed me by the arms, and hold you out like a crucifix position.
“The others behind me force me on my knees then pushed my face literally into the ground. At that point you are fully clothed, then they start removing your clothing. I didn’t put up resistance. “They held me in arm locks and pressure points and then left me lying on the ground, degraded and feeling humiliated. “And they never tell you what they are looking for,” explained Murney. He said the strip searches were unnecessary as the prison is equipped with an electronic BOSS chair that can detect any foreign item in the body. In a frank and open interview the Newry republican spoke of his determination to continue to fight for his political goals yet publicly backed a non-combatant approach to achieving a United Ireland. “Eirigi is engaging publicly and privately in relation to the futility of armed actions. “There are people who agree and disagree with our analysis and that is a range of all people, but I would support the party’s position,” said Mr Murney. However the former republican prisoner stopped short of condemning acts of violence carried out by other members of his group and the acts of dissident republican terror groups, including the murders of Constable Kerr and prison officer David Black. “The politics of condemnation never worked for 40 years. I am not going to jump on the bandwagon of condemnation now, but what I can say is that I do support armed groups and their actions. “There is a mjor misconception dissident activity equates to armed actions. Remember the dissidents of the Soviet Union were the toast of the West. “There is a whole raft of republicans of different shades who disagree with the status quo who don’t go out there with armed actions on their minds. “Former members of Shame Fein and the PIRA are coming out saying where they stand. Being a dissident does not necessarily equate with being involved in armed activity and Eirigi’s position on armed activity is clear as it was to Judge Philpott who has totally vindicated me and my party,” he added. Last Monday, Corrine Philpott QC, acquitted the Eirigi spokesman after six of the charges including possession of BB guns and combat styled clothing were thrown out in a no bill application. The final charge of taking and publishing photographs of PSNI/RUC officers on his Facebook account from the 2012 Olympic Torch run were also thrown out of by the Diplock court judge. Defending solicitor Darragh Macklin has now confirmed that he will be pursuing civil action for damages for his client. Speaking to the Sunday World Murney revealed how he coped with ‘crucifix styled’ strip searches and ill treatment during his 14 months on remand. His health has suffered, the visible toll on his physique can be seen in his significant loss in weight. The 30-year-old admits he experience proved to be a mental as well as physical “torture” following repeated, forced strip searches, sometimes twice a day. Murney was arrested in November 2012. He was offered bail of £1,000 bail with the conditions that he stayed out of Newry. He rejected the terms and continued to decline the condititions for a further year. “I have no doubt if I had accepted the bail I would have ended up breaching them through no fault of my own, and be on further charges. “The whole experience was hard on family, especially my six-year-old son Rhys. “He knew where I was and why, he knew the police had been harassing me for months before the raid. He was there in the house when the armed police raided my house at six in the morning,” he recalled.
It was the visits from his much loved son and the support of his family that kept him going through his darkest of hours. “As you can imagine I always looked forward to his visits. It was really difficult to say no to bail, but I had the support of my family. “My mother, Martina wrote to the Attorney General John Larkin, the NI Human Rights Commission, and the director of prosecutions to examine my case. So there was a campaign going on all the time. “We were being heard before I was arrested and we are continuing to be heard and that is what the British state tried to put a stop to by locking me away,” said Mr Murney. The position of the press officer is to continue his work with the political group in establishing a new electoral campaign North and South of the border. The socialist republican does say that a United Ireland is possible in his lifetime, but has said the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is living in “Cloud Cookoo Land”. “Martin McGuinness’ vision of a United Ireland by 2016 is just two years away, and in my opinion it is just not going to happen. “I would like to see it happen in my lifetime. Ireland has a wealth of natural reserves that is yet to be taped into, and just like Scotland voting on independence, it can happen here too. “We have already chosen candidates for the upcoming local council elections with two in Belfast and seven in the South. And we will be considering potentially sitting in the new Super Council of Newry, Mourne and Down. “Don’t forget I am an innocent man, and I intend to pursue my political beliefs despite all that happened to me, said Mr Murney. In the same week as the Newry man walked out of Laganside courts to greet his party supporters, four fellow Eirigi members were sentenced to six years in jail at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin for possession of firearms and handguns. Trinity PhD student Ursula Shannon (30) of Clonsilla, Dublin and her co-accused John McGreal (37), from Rush, and Colin Brady (24), of Kinsealy, both Co. Dublin, were found guilty of the offences after a short trial. A fourth co-accused, John Troy (34) of Cabra, Dublin had pleaded guilty to the unlawful possecession of the same Taurus pistol, magazine, Walther P5 pistol and one ZGJY branded combined stun gun and flashlight on the same date. Stephen Murney stated it was not his place to condemn the actions of any republican.
With many thanks to: Paula Mackin, the Sunday World.
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The British Injustice system today took a new turn.They now Intern people on promises of “possible” evidence. Not for them a transparent justice system with equality at the forefront but what else can we expect from a front loaded corrupt sectarian regime in a corrupt sectarian society. Silence as usual from the quislings who now accept the weighted system of British injustice unless it affects their own party members. The shouts and roars of “Political Policing” which emanate from them last only long enough for them to do their backroom deals, sort out their own and stick their heads firmly back in the sand so as not to have to answer the serious questions about the two tier society they have accepted for others but not themselves.
Oppose Irish Apartheid – Stand up to British State Oppression
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Beir Bua!! Neart le cheile
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- GARY McDAID FINDS HIMSELF PLACED IN A CRIMINAL WING IN MAGHABERRY GAOL, DELIBERATELY ISOLATED BY THE BRITISH CROWN. (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
Maghaberry Prison -THE ONGOING NEGLECT AND TORTURE BEING INFLICTED ON Gary McDaid – Maghaberry Prison !!!!
The ongoing Neglect and Torture inflicted on Gary McDaid
It has been brought to the attention of the IRPWA that Gary McDaid is suffering a debilitating illness within the walls of MagHaberry but has been informed by the authorities that he will not be receiving treatment as he is not a sentenced prisoner.
Gary suffers from a serious form of Glaucoma and there is a genetic family history of this disease which has led to family members suffering complete blindness.
The optician who was able to gain access to examine him stated that he had not seen such a rapid regression in one so young and without treatment, could lead to Gary losing his sight.His feet have also swollen to such an extent, he can’t put on shoes.
Last week saw charges against Gary for wrecking his cell. Any and all personal artifacts were removed including photographs of his children.
He is existing in his own waste in solitary confinement with Loyalist prisoners being given access to bang on his cell door and shout threats consistently and this all appears to be part of a greater agenda by shadowy British crown forces to exert pressure on him through this form of torture.
His existence, ill, in a bare holding cell with a one inch rubber mattress and living with the stench and health implications through his protest, some would have you think had been consigned to history.
This is reality in 2013. This is British torture on Irish soil and typifies the age old disregard towards human rights for those not beholden to the British crown.
Help end the neglect in MagHaberry..Help highlight the ongoing injustices by a cruel British torture regime and those who back them.
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“That the republican prisoners are Political Prisoners is without
question. Bobby Sands’ writings say that better than I can ever hope to.
And the importance of popular mobilisations is also recognised in his
writings. Bobby wrote in ‘I fought a ·monster today’: “My body is
broken and cold. I’m lonely and I need comfort. From somewhere afar
I hear those familiar voices which keep me going: ‘We are with you,
son. We are with you. Don’t let them beat you.’ I need to hear those
voices. They anger the monster. It retreats… Sometimes I really long to hear those voices. I know if they shout louder they will scare the monster away and my suffering will be ended.” And, in the same article,
written more than two-and-a-half years ago, he concluded: “I remember,
and I shall never forget, how this monster took the lives of Tom Ashe,
and I wonder each night what the monster will do to me tomorrow. ”
Gerry.. There are still prisoners this very day fighting the same Monsters in MagHaberry.. This time they are ignored by you and yours as there is no self-serving interest or Political kudos to be gained by publicly acknowleging the abuse and torture being suffered by Irishmen and Women in British gaols in Ireland.Gary McDaid and Gavin Coyle lie in the same conditions today as the blanketmen suffered, this time with British MI5 being given free access to inflict their mental torture..
Your namesake Samuel Adams summed it up far better in 1785 than I can today!
“Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say “what should be the reward of such sacrifices?” Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”
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IRPWA-COGUS-CABHAIR PLEASE SHARE GRMA
CABHAIR – IRISH REPUBLICAN PRISONERS DEPENDANTS FUND
Cabhair is a charitable organisation, solely dependant on public subscriptions. It was established in early 1987, following the revolutionary / reformist split in the republican movement, for “the relief of cases of distress arising out of republican activity”.
Immediately followimg the Ard-Fheis of Sinn F?in in 1986 when the Provisionals departed from the Republican road a number of Irish political prisoners in England, the Six Counties and the 26 Counties adhered to the revolutionary path and refused to accept support from the Provisionals.
To meet this pressing need CABHAIR was formed and has continued with this noble work. Prisoners that they have cared for have been released on completion of sentence and others have gone to prison. At no time since 1987 have no prisoners been in CABHAIR’s care. As long as British rule continues in Ireland, Irish people will resist that foreign occupation and, unfortunately, there will be political prisoners.
CABHAIR currently supports Republican prisoners in Portlaoise prison in the 26 Counties and Maghaberry prison in the Six Occupied Counties.
COGUS- REPUBLICAN NETWORK OF UNITY POW DEPARTMENT
The name “Cogús,” has being adopted by the RNU’s POW Department, meaning “Conscience.”
It is from here that we aim to highlight the injustice suffered by POW’s incarcerated within oppressive Gaols.
Cógus help support the families of imprisoned Irish POWs. Anyone who would like to donate to Cógus to help aid us in easing the hardships of Cógus prisoners can do so directly to Ulster Bank, Antrim Road Belfast. Account Number 10584365 Sort Code 98-00-11
IRISH REPUBLICAN PRISONERS WELFARE ASSOCIATION
In the U.S. -MAKE A DONATION TODAY TO AID THE DEPENDENTS of Irish Political Prisoners interned or sentenced under British laws in Ireland! Donations can be sent via Friends Of Irish Freedom, P.O. Box 210-Riverdale Station, Riverdale, NY 10471.
FOIF was founded in 1916 in NYC to aid the dependents of the Volunteers arrested in the aftermath of the Easter Rising. FOIF continued to support Republican Prisoners dependents through the War of Independence. We continue to aid Republican Prisoners Dependents today! Make a difference. Give something back to the land of our forebears.
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