Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
Concerns: the deaths in Maghaberry prison, Brendan Lillis actually dying in the Maghaberry prison
Thanks for your reply.
It is very strange that, while you are pretending to investigate the complaints from prisoners and the deaths in prison custody (from 1 September 2005 the remit of the Prisoner Ombudsman was even extended as required by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), you ‘can not comment and can not be helpful’ in the case of Brendan Lillis who is very sick and is dying now in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland where there were 3 deaths during the past 3 months.
You say that these matters are for Minister for Justice Ford and the prison authorities.
Many people wrote to Minister Ford and the prison authorities but they didn’t receive an answer.
Have they to wait until they can go to the funeral of Brendan ?
Don’t forget that you are an prisoner ombudsman. So, it is your work to DO something for prisoners.
Remember also that if you do not help a sick prisoner who risks to die, you can be prosecuted as this prisoner dies.
President of Werkgroep Morkhoven
Friends of Brendan Lillis
Photo: Pauline McCabe and her team