Statement from Republican Prisoners Roe 4 Maghaberry 28/08/15
Republican Political Prisoners, Roe 4, Maghaberry recently highlighted our refusal to accept the Jail lunchtime and evening meals as a response to the Jails refusal to allow us to use our kitchen facilities in a dignified manner. As a direct result of this protest Republican Prisoner, Dee Harkin, who suffers from diabetes, collapsed on the evening of Thursday 27th August 2015. Dee was found face down in his cell by another Republican Prisoner who called for a medic. The medic subsequently took almost 15 minutes to arrive.
We are relieved that on this occasion the consequences of the protest were not more serious. However, this incident serves to demonstrate the true nature of the Maghaberry Jail Administration. Our protest began as a result of the closure of the kitchen hatch which provided us with ventilation and a means of collecting food. The hatch had previously been opened without issue throughout the day. This sinister action cannot be seen as simply the closing of a hatch, this is an ever increasing locking down of our breathing space.
We have demonstrated the conditions in the kitchen when the hatch is closed to the Prisoner Ombudsman who commented on the heat and lack of air. Yet the Jail, despite the gravity of the situation and the strength of feeling regarding this further restriction, is unwilling to resolve a straight forward matter. We will continue to refuse the Jail meals until such times as the hatch is opened through out the day.
Republican Political Prisoners