Maghaberry prison Northern Ireland: Call for action in U.S.


Let’s ensure the prison knows that we are paying very close attention from the US and elsewhere !

The Irish Freedom Committee is urging all supporters of Irish republican prisoners in the US to place a short phone call tomorrow to Maghaberry Prison Medical Center, to appeal for the immediate humanitarian release of Brendan Lilllis. Brendan’s fiancée Roisin has been told by prison doctors today that he has very little time left to live. Please call the Maghaberry Prison Medical Center tomorrow at the number posted below and ask to speak with Doctor Palmer. Please be polite but firm, and state that you are calling with your urgent concerns for Brendan Lillis, who you have learned is now close to death. Brendan has not left his bed in over a year and a half. You are calling to urge the immediate, compassionate and humanitarian release of this very ill man to his home; so that he may pass in peace with his loved ones around him. All charges against him have been dropped, so there should be no reasonable objection to this humane, and long overdue, decision. Brendan’s fiancée asks that we direct our appeals to Doctor Palmer as she believes that he is a humanistic person who has become frustrated with the system that is responsible for the continued internment of her critically ill loved one in jail without charge.


Use a calling card and a land line for your MINIMUM expense. Phone 011-44-28-9261-1888. Ask to be transferred to the Medical Center, and ask to speak to Doctor Palmer. Time zones in the US are behind Irish 5 hours on the East Coast, 6 hours Central US, 7 hours Southwest, and 8 hours in Pacific Northwest. Ideally you should ring between 9AM and 3PM Irish time. BRENDAN’S TIME IS SHORT, and this call will take you less that 5 minutes; and with a calling card, cost you very little. Thank you for your continued support to the families of Irish republican political prisoners.

by: Irish Freedom Committee, Inc.

IRISH FREEDOM COMMITTEE NEWSLIST http://www.irishfreedomcommitt​


Friends of Brendan Lillis!/home.php?sk =group_132734503459781

Here is a link for sample letters, printable petitions, and contact info: http://www.irishfreedomcom​​LLIS.htm

Write to David Ford, Justice Minister. It will just take a minute to write a simple letter to tell him Brendan Lillis being held at Maghaberry is a cruel and inhuman treatment, and that he should be released.  Publish your letter on the Internet. Afterwards, the minister has not to come with the excuse that he ‘knew nothing about the tragical case’…

David Ford, Justice Minister
Department of Justice – Block B
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Northern Ireland
BT4 3SGPhoto: Brendan Lillis


3 thoughts on “Maghaberry prison Northern Ireland: Call for action in U.S.

  1. kruitvat Post author

    The Irish Freedom Committee

    The Irish Freedom Committee® (IFC) is an American-based human rights activist organization. We oppose the 1998 Stormont Treaty with Britain– disingenuously titled the “Good Friday Agreement” or “Peace Process”– as it is a British-imposed document which has nothing to do with peace, but is designed only to shore up Partition and to strengthen British rule in Ireland. While the 1998 Treaty was presented to the people of Ireland as the prerequisite to peace, peace has not indeed been the outcome; and instead the result has been the total surrender of Ireland’s constitutional claim to the Six Counties, the return of the hated Stormont seat of puppet British government with its built-in loyalist veto, and the re-strengthening of the illegal partition of Ireland. The Irish Freedom Committee does not endorse any political organization in Ireland, but we remain strong proponents for the complete and total removal of British military and administrative rule in any part of Ireland. It is our firm contention that a continued British military presence in Ireland is the root cause of the struggle. We support an immediate International inquiry into the illegal British claim to the Occupied North of Ireland, and we will continue to seek an Independent International Inquest into ongoing British War Crimes in Ireland.

    The Irish Freedom Committee is committed to the pursuit of TRUTH with JUSTICE in a Free, United, Sovereign All-Ireland Republic.

    Our Mission

    The Irish Freedom Committee is a Nation-wide, Registered Not-for-Profit, wholly U.S.- based organization with no Foreign Principal. We are dedicated to education on the true root causes of the 850-years resistance against British occupation, and to the humanitarian and charitable support of the dependents of anti-Treaty Irish Republican Political Prisoners.

    Our Objectives

    The Irish Freedom Committee® strives to:

    Monitor media coverage on British presence in the Occupied Six Counties.
    Expose media misrepresentations of the true nature of British occupation in Ireland.
    Alert others to defamatory portrayals of the Irish wherever they appear in the media.
    Educate the public on the root cause of the ongoing war in Ireland.
    Correct revisionist propaganda which attempts to depict the war in Ireland as a “religious” conflict — a cultivated lie that hides the true motivation for British occupation of Ireland.
    Alert and educate others to ongoing British State terrorism, extra judicial execution, and War Crimes.
    Assist, however legally possible, the families and dependants of anti-Treaty Republican political prisoners incarcerated for their belief in a United and Sovereign Ireland, free of British military or economic occupation.

  2. d. fennessy

    Release Brendan Lillis now! He has little time left and is a threat to no-one. It is the right thing to do!

  3. kruitvat Post author

    Irish Prisoner Facing Death!

    30 juin 2011

    Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old former Life-sentence political prisoner from West Belfast, in Ireland, is currentlydesperately ill in the medical wing of the notorious Maghaberry prison, in County Antrim. He suffers from the intensely painful and progressive disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis which due to other medical complications has left himunable to move from his bed for 14 months and his weight has dropped to a perilous 6 stones (38.1 Kilos !). Due to a series of serious infections and medication which has compromised his immune system, Mr Lillis has been unable to eat, sleep or hold down even liquids for a period close to a month and is constant agony. In short, his health has deteriorated to such an extent that his partner Roisin, who is his only contact with the outside world, fears that he will die in his prison bed!

    Dont let Brendan die in prison!

    Mr Lillis was an Irish Republican political prisoner who had been released on license but unfortunately was wrongfully arrested for an attempted robbery over a year ago. Despite being judged unfit to stand trial, due to his desperate medical condition, Mr Lillis is still being held in Maghaberry prison ‘on license’ due to his previous conviction for Irish Republican political charges and is currently in a ‘Catch 22′ situation, where he can be held indefinitely at the ‘pleasure’ of the British ‘Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Owen Patterson! . With the ‘Secretary of State’ having the singular power to release Mr Lillis, only public pressure will convince him to allow this seriously ill prisoner to receive the medical treatment he so badly needs and to spend his remaining days with his family, in a non-high security prison environment.

    Mr Lillis’ case is a purelyhumanitarian issue but it is complicated by his political antecedents. Ankylosing Spondylitis, the condition that Mr Lillis suffers from is an intensely painful condition that begins witha curvature of the spine and it has now got to the stage where he is in extreme pain 24 hours a day, with little relief and grossly sub-standard medical care. The Maghaberry prison ‘hospital’ is little more than a ‘sick-bay’ which is guarded by Unionist prison warders, who would be antagonistic to Mr Lillis due to his Irish Republican past.

    Roisin, Mr Lillis’ partner, is understandably beside herself with anxiety and is desperately looking for help with her fledgling campaign to have Brendan treated with dignity. Roisin stated:

    “I am trying my best to highlight this but sadly I’m working alone and don’t have much experience this area but I’m trying my best……For the 1st 10 weeks he had no visits because he couldn’t get into a wheelchair and they wouldn’t let me into the jail, after a lot of debates with the jail i was eventually allowed to visit him in his cell which i have done since then. as you all no Brendan is now in a precarious situation and if he doesn’t get released from jail i am in no doubts he will die soon.”

    Mr Lillis’ case should be a concern for everyone on humanitarian grounds alone and it would appear that only public pressure will make the Secretary of State notice the plight of a seriously ill, 59 year old man, in Maghaberry top-security prison, who is in constant pain on a daily basis and whose weight has plummeted to a dangerous 6 stone. Anyone who can help is asked to contact:

    politicians in Ireland, the UK, the USA and elsewhere
    humanitarian organisations
    the ‘Secretary of state for Northern Ireland’ Owen Patterson
    anyone who can help with Mr Lillis’ plight
    In conclusion, this is an obvious case where a human being is gravely ill, in constant pain and being kept in an environment where he is clearly not receiving anything like the medical care he needs. Mr Lillis’ family are imploringanyonewho can help with his plight to assist in whatever way they can. Mr Lillis’ case is a humanitarian issue that anyone, irrespective of political allegiance, can feel safe supporting. It is a sad indictment on society, in the 21st Century, that a human being is being held in these conditions.

    Mr Lillis’ partner Roisin has simply asked for help to save her partner’s life, don’t let her fight alone.

    By Iskra1916


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