Republican prisoners protest

Republican Prisoners in Portlaoise Prison held a short protest by refusing to obey “Lock up” last Wednesday night.

Republican Prisoners in Portlaoise Prison held a short protest by refusing to obey “Lock up” last Wednesday night.

The protest, which lasted for around ten minutes, was in solidarity with inmates in Maghaberry Prison in County Antrim.

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service confirmed that a protest had taken place, but said they prisoners returned to their cells after ten minutes.

It is understood that prison officers were not required to intervene in the brief protest.

A statement from the prisoners on the Irish Republican Prisoners Website, said the protest was designed “not to cause conflict or confrontation in Portlaoise jail but to draw attention to the deplorable conditions and brutality endured by our comrades in Maghaberry jail and specifically the continuing refusal to allow injured prisoners medical treatment and access to their legal representatives.”

The prisoners said they were prepared to step up their campaign, should the issues in Maghaberry escalate.

They called upon TD’s, councillors and senators in the 26 counties to raise these issues publicly.

They also called for the immediate full implementation of the August 2010 agreement as a means towards a conflict free environment.