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Date Posted: Sun, Dec 10 2006, 21:01:41 PST
Author: rights.civil@googlemail.com
Subject: DOWNTOWN RADIO-Repatriation


Our Hon. Secretary was to-day invited to speak on Downtown Radio’s popular lunchtime talk-show and without interruption or in-house censorship was allowed, for around ten minutes, to speak freely on the issue of the repatriation of Irish Republican prisoners in British jails. Downtown Radio is based in Belfast, but its FM station can be listened to all over the Six Occupied Counties, and beyond.

He welcomed the return of brothers Robert and Aidan Hulme to Portloaise on Tuesday of this week. He highlighted the fact that Aidan had been suffering severely for over four years with a serious leg injury, received in a pre-arrest motor-bike accident in Belfast. He also mentioned that Noel Maguire, of Co. Fermanagh, who had been with Robert in Full Sutton, was now, in the opinion of many, isolated, vulnerable and in considerable danger after being attacked by knife-wielding racists in October 2005.

Our Hon. Sec. was highly critical of the “protracted foot-dragging” of (In) Justice Minister Michael McDowell, who he claimed turned a blind eye to Aidan’s plight, whereby in contrast, the British authorities, within or shortly after one year, secured the repatriation of some of their nationals under existing transfer of prisoners legislation enacted some years ago by the European Union.

On Aidan’s case he pointed out that the medication recommended by HM’s Prison Service was immediately “binned” once he arrived in Portlaoise, and that as a result he has experienced around 80% of pain relief and can now sleep at night, which is a major and welcome improvement in his condition. He informed Downtown Radio listeners that Aidan’s legal-team was pursuing a case for medical neglect against the British penal system. He ended the interview by wishing the staff and listeners of Downtown seasonal greetings from the civil rights veterans’ networks.


Posted from rights.civil@googlemail.com – the central workstation of the Oct. 5th Association (Est. Jan. 1997) – a network of 1968 civil rights veterans and supporters.
Regular posting on Stormont-Watch et al via www.ia-pl.org –This is the forum of the Irish Anti-Partition League: ia_pl32@hotmail.com

The Oct. 5th. Assoc was established in Jan. 1997, on the 30th anniversary of the founding of the N. Ireland Civil Rights Association, of which our Hon. Sec. was a co-founder forty years ago next month.

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