12 August 2010
Prison protest resolution welcomed by Sinn Féin
SINN FÉIN Assembly member Caral Ní Chuilin has welcomed the resolution this evening of the dispute in Roe House after a deal was worked out between the prison administration and the prisoners.
Ms Ní Chuilin said:
“In recent months, along with other Sinn Féin representatives, I have met the prisoners in Roe House, their families and the group representing them on the outside.
“I have also held many meetings with the prison administration and the Justice Minister. All along it was my firm view that if the necessary political will was demonstrated that the situation in Roe House could be resolved.
“Martin McGuinness raised the issue with David Ford again earlier this week.
“It is very welcome that the dialogue established between the prisoners and the administration has resulted in an acceptable resolution. Prisoners need to be treated with dignity and respect. It is now important that the deal reached is implemented fully and in a spirit of good faith. For our part, as members of the Justice Committee, we will continue to monitor the situation carefully.”