[Sinn Fein]

31 July 1998

Prisoner Releases Welcomed

Sinn Fein Ardchomhairle member Martin Ferris has welcomed todays release of a number of Irish republican prisoners from Portlaoise Prison. Commending the Taoiseach and his government he said it was important that the British government followed this initiative by begining the process of releasing all the prisoners of the conflict.

Mr Ferris said:

``We welcome today's decision of the Irish government to release Republican prisoners. The releases are in the spirit of the ongoing peace process and we commend the Taoiseach and his government for this timely initiative. We expect all political prisoners to be released as part of this conflict resolution process, sooner rather than later. The British government need to begin to take their responsability seriously in this vital area by following up this initiative and releasing the prisoners''

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