Secretary of State refuses to meet Derry MLA on Price and McGeough prison cases

The Secretary of State has refused to meet with SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey to discuss the ongoing cases of Marian Price, Gerry McGeough and the protesting prisoners at Maghaberry Prison.

Mr Ramsey said that he was ‘disappointed and angry’ that Owen Paterson refused to meet with him and said his silence on the prison matters was ‘not conducive to efforts to address injustice and nurture public confidence in the justice system’.

Mr Ramsey said: “I wrote to the Secretary of State immediately after returning from a visit to see Marian Price on 13th January to request an urgent meeting to discuss her case and the ongoing incarceration of Gerry McGeough as well as the general situation within Roe House in Maghaberry Prison.  I received a reply from the Secretary this morning to say he would not meet me and that it would be ‘inappropriate’ for him to comment further.


“I find it ‘inappropriate’ to say the least that Marian Price has had her licence revoked on the Secretary’s say so, and that Gerry McGeough is still held in Maghaberry due to Owen Paterson’s refusal to grant him justice.  The Secretary of State and the NIO‘s selective silence is not conducive to our efforts to address injustice and nurture public confidence in the justice system.”

Ms Price has been held in solitary confinement at Maghaberry Prison for over nine months without charge. She was arrested after holding a piece of paper for a masked man at an annual Easter Rising commemoration in Derry, a few days later Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson revoked her release from prison on license.

“Perhaps Mr Patterson’s time would be better spent in the archives of the NIO looking for Marian Price’s pardon that has been ‘lost’ if he is not available to elected representatives to give account for his actions – or inaction – and that of his staff,” Mr Ramsey said. “It is unacceptable and merely strengthens the will of those who seek to destroy the society we are building, by pointing out that unaccountable politicians in London continue to meddle in affairs that play out in our communities day and daily.”

With Many Thanks To : NewsWire ( Derry )

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