Maghaberry: Independant Enquiry Call



The Celtic League has called on the NI Minister for Justice, David Ford MLA, to set up an independent enquiry into the situation at Maghaberry Prison which has been the subject of controversy for several years. (See below):

“Minister of Justice
David Ford MLA
Department of Justice
Castle Buildings – Stormont Estate
Belfast – Northern Ireland


Dear Minister,

At its AGM in July (held on the Isle of Man) the Celtic League considered the ongoing difficulties in relation to the operation of Maghaberry Prison.

The AGM had the benefit of being able to resource a very substantial letter on the situation at the Prison which had been provided following an approach to your predecessor the Northern Ireland Prison Minister. (Correspondence – 14 page letter from NIPS to the Celtic League dated 14 May 2010).

However it was clear at the time of our meeting that serious difficulties persisted at Maghaberry and the AGM decided to call for an:

“open and transparent independent public enquiry into Maghaberry Prison in the North of Ireland following constant complaints by inmates of human rights abuses.”

I note that earlier this month the situation at the jail fortuitously was stabilised however I would suggest that independent oversight as implied by the above resolution would be beneficial in ensuring a long term solution to issues at the jail.

I trust that you will give this suggestion early consideration.

Yours Sincerely,

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information”

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J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League


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