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.