[Sinn Fein]

7 November 2000

Louth Councillors call for release of Castlerea Five

Sinn Fein Councillor Arthur Morgan today led a delegation of Louth councillors to meet with republican prisoners in Castlerea jail.   Following the visit they called for the immediate release of the Castlerea Five.

Also on the delegation were Councillors Kevin Meenan, Sean Kenna and Jim Gavin and party representative for Mid Louth Pearse McGeogh.

Speaking after the visit Cllr. Morgan said:

``A delegation of Sinn Fein Councillors from Louth today met with republican prisoners in Castlerea jail to discuss the current political situation.  During the course of the meeting there was a broad discussion on the peace process and current difficulties casued by the attitude and behaviour of the UUP and the British government.

``Among other issues discussed were ongoing efforts to get the Irish government to fulfill its commitments under the Good Friday Agreement and release the republican prisoners still imprisoned in this state.  The remaining republican prisoners in Castlerea should have been released already under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Sinn Fein will continue to press for their immediate release.''

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