26 September 1997
Sinn Fein welcome prison releases
Sinn Fein Vice President, Pat Doherty, has welcomed the release of five republican prisoners from Portlaoise Jail this afternoon.
Speaking in Donegal Mr. Doherty said:
``At our meeting with the Irish government last Friday, our party President Gerry Adams, impressed on the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, and on the Minister for Justice, John O'Donoghue that the issue of political prisoners needed to be urgently addressed.
``The release of these five prisoners is a very welcome development and is an indication of the seriousness with which the Irish government has approached the peace process in relation to the issue of political prisoners. We are now looking for the British government to display a similar approach and begin the release of all political prisoners immediately.
``In the meantime we urge both governments to process with all speed the applications for transfer of Irish prisoners in English jails.''
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