Republican News · Thursday 4 September 1997

[An Phoblacht]

Saoirse relaunch in Fermanagh

By Mick Naughton.

Fittingly choosing Gaol Square in Enniskillen for the release of 200 balloons, Fermanagh Saoirse was relaunched on Wednesday 27 August with Sean Lynch from Lisnaskea, who was on parole from Long Kesh, as guest speaker.

``Now,'' he said, ``is the time for pressure to be put on the British government for a movement on prisoner release. Immediate movement is needed as a confidence-building measure to anchor this current peace process.''

A main issue for the areas POWs, added a Saoirse spokeswoman, was the issue of repatriation, which needed to be addressed to ease the burden on prisoners families, especially those who had already served 20-plus years in British jails, those sentenced to 40 years in the South and lifers. She highlighted the situation of Clones-born Sean Kinsella. He had served 21 years in English jails despite the trial judge recommending that he serve no more than 12 years. On his release, when he returned home, he was arrested in Cavan after a short period of freedom and is now in Portlaoise prison with no release date fixed.

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