13 June 1997 Edition

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Transfers welcomed

SINN FEIN COUNCILLOR and spokesperson on prison issues Michael Browne has welcomed the transfer of Irish prisoners Danny McNamee and Liam McCotter to Maghaberry prison in County Antrim.

Describing the transfer as a ``welcome development'', Browne said the move ``will go a long way toward easing the burden on their families who for years have been forced to make the arduous and expensive journey to England for prison visits''.

Browne reiterated the Sinn Féin call to the British government to use the full mechanism of the transfer legislation to transfer all Irish prisoners to jails near their homes.

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