6 August 1998 Edition

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Morrison praises H-Block Three

On Friday 31 July Bruce Morrison updated over 200 government officals and Irish-American community activists on the Irish peace process at the Concordia-Argonaut Club in San Francisco.

John Fogarty of the Irish American Unity Conference asked Morrison what mechanisms had been set up for the release of the H-Block Three, Terry Kirby, Pol Brennan and Kevin Barry Artt. Fogarty noted that in the light of the recent statements by Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly, these men were indeed included in the Good Friday Agreement, contrary to last week's statement by Mo Mowlam. Morrison said that Britain must withdraw the warrants for the H-Block Three's extradition and added that they should be free on bail.

Morrison, who had visited the men at Camp Parks Prison before last Friday's event, said that he was impressed by their fortitude and strength, although he admitted he would rather have visited them in their own homes.

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown also spoke at the event. He pronounced the cases of the H-Block Three to be disgraceful and said that all the men should be home with their families.

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