On Monday evening last (November 5th) independent councillor Cieran Perry submitted an emergency motion to Dublin City Council calling on the 26 county administration to stop extraditing Irish Republicans to Maghaberry torture camp. The motion was passed unanimously.
Afterwards, Labour party councillors Whip Dermot Lacey, who arrived late for the vote signalled he did not support the motion. in another example of how the party of James Connolly has become unrecognisable to its revolutionary & working class roots. It’s shameful that this councillor supports the torture of Irish citizens in Maghaberry but given the Labour parties recent record in Leinster house, it comes as no surprise to Irish Republicans.
DCC is now the third council in the 26 counties following Cork county council & Donegal Glenties council who also passed similar motions against the extradition of Irish Republicans to Maghaberry, hopefully, more will do the same.
Stop The Torture In Maghaberry, Stop The Extradition Of Irish Republicans.
The full text of the motion: ”
This council objects to the extradition of Irish political prisoners to Maghaberry prison in the six counties. The onset of Brexit in March 2019 will disadvantage any political prisoners who may have been extradited under the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) framework but will no longer enjoy rights applying to EU nationals including EU sentence appeal processes.
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons in England and Wales Nick Hardwick described the prison as the most dangerous prison he had ever seen. The last comprehensive report on Maghaberry prison by “Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons in England and Wales” was damning and described the prison as “in crisis” and “unsafe and unstable” for prisoners and staff. The report highlights discrimination against Catholic prisoners. The conditions in Maghaberry prison are inhumane with forced strip searches, forced isolation and restricted association. All Republican prisoners in Maghaberry prison are denied educational opportunities. There have been 50 reported deaths in prisons in the six counties since 2007 and the Prison Ombudsman has expressed concern about the non-implementation of their recommendations on prison deaths.
Reason for the emergency motion: The recent decision by the European Court of Justice in relation to extradition from Ireland to the UK ruled that ’Mere notification by a member state of its intention to withdraw from the European Union is not an “exceptional” circumstance capable of justifying a refusal to execute an EAW issued by that member state’. This decision has resulted in the recent extradition of a prisoner to Maghaberry prison and may be used to complete the halted extradition of another 20 current cases.”