The case for Gerry McGeough

Pressure is growing on the authorities at Maghaberry prison to release internee Gerry McGeough, who suffers from a serious heart condition, into hospital care.

Mr McGeough is a republican ‘dissident’ and a former member of the Sinn Fein leadership. He was arrested four years ago in connection with an IRA attack in 1981. Although qualifying under the release terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the prominent Tyrone republican was handed a 20-year prison sentence by a non-jury Diplock court earlier this year in a judgement widely seen as politically motivated.

Despite winning a judicial review of his case in July -- on the basis that he served three years for IRA offences in the US and should be eligible for immediate release -- he learned this week that a hearing of the review will not be possible until December at the earliest.

The following article by Martin Galvin summarises the background to the case.

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