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£9.5m PAID OUT FOR OVERTIME IN NORTH’S PRISONS SINCE 2009 !

THE Northern Ireland Prison Service has spent more than £9.5 million in overtime since 2009. The payments, which have risen year on year, equate to more than £183,ooo a week on average.

Some prison officers have increased their annual salary by up to £16,ooo by working additional hours. Finlay Spratt, chairman of the Prison Officers ‘ Association in the north, said : ” These figures clearly demonstrate that the staffing levels across the Northern Ireland Prison Service are far too low. ” They are paying overtime but, speaking as a trade unionist, they should be cutting out on overtime and recruiting more staff. ” But it’s cheaper to pay the overtime. ” Let’s be honest – nobody in the current economic climate is going to say no to a bit of extra cash. ” They are not objecting to overtime but I, as a trade unionist, am – I think they should be getting more people into employment.”

Finlay Spratt says the continued dissident threat against prison officers is increasing incidents of stress and depression

The figures were released under freedom-of-information legislation. They show that since 2009, staff at the high-security Maghaberry jail in Co Antrim, where murdered prison officer David Black was employed, worked the most overtime. A total of £5.6m was paid out – almost four times more than any other facility. Payments peaked last year when £1.7m was spent between March and October. Until recently more than 40 dissident republicans at Roe House in Maghaberry were engaged in a dirty protest which involved mixing urine and excrement and spreading it on cell walls. The protest over strip searches was called off last month. The Department of Justice said overtime was a normal aspect of running a 24-hour-a-day ‘ business ‘. ” This analysis shows that additional hours are worked by staff across NIPS but particularly in the three prisons and the Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Service,” it said. ” This approach has been in place over many years and is a normal aspect of running a 24/7 operational business.”

Workers at Magilligan prison in Co Derry were paid £1.3m in overtime since March 2009. At Hydebank Wood which accommodates women and young offenders, the overtime bill reached £1.2m. The Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Service generated an overtime bill of £2.7m during the same period. There are 1,591 prison officers in the north. In February the prison service launched its first recruitment drive in 20 years. The first tranche of 20 custody officers earning £18,000 a year started work in October. A further 140 recruits are expected to start work in the coming weeks. SDLP assembly member Patsy McGlone, who sits on the justice committee, at Stormont, said  prison management might need to reassess how resources were deployed. “Having been to Maghaberry on a number of occasions it never ceases to amaze me how many prison officers it takes to escort a prisoner,” he said. ” I understand some of these guys are high-risk but it does puzzle me as to why, as I have seen, it takes five prison officers to escort a prisoner. ” If overtime is being spent unnecessarily it really has to be looked at again.”

WITH MANY THANKS TO : LESLEY- ANNE McKEOWN, IRISH NEWS.

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The Irish Republican Choice for TIME Person of the Year 2012 Marian Price – Icon of Resistance

The Irish Republican Choice for TIME Person of the Year 2012

Marian Price – Icon of Resistance 

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Remember the POWs at Christmas! List for cards and letters

December in the Republican calendar is traditionally Prisoner‘s month and as such we would ask that people drop a card or letter to a Republican POW and let them know we are thinking of them at this time.. A list of POWs and Internees is provided below with addresses underneath.

 
GRMA
 

Republican prisoners Roe 4, Maghaberry 

 
 
Joe Allen
Joe Barr
Brendan Campbell
Brian Cavlan
Martin Connolly
Dee Duffy
Paul Duffy
Shane Duffy
Dominic Dynes
Harry Fitzsimons
Tony Friel
Sean Kelly
Brendan McConville
Sean McConville
Liam McDonnell
Mark McGuigan
Gerard McManus
Kevin Barry Nolan
Brian Sheridan
Brian Shivers
Kevin Vernon
John Paul Wootton
 

SSU

 
Gavin Coyle.
Austin Creggan
Desmond Hamill
Tommy Hamill
Martin McGilloway
 
Female Republican Wing – Hydebank.
 
Sharon Rafferty
 
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E3, Portlaoise Prison

 
Bernard Dempsey
Bobby Donohue.
Darragh Evans
Sean Farrell
Cormac Fitzpatrick
David Jordan
Jim Mc Cormack
Stephen McGowan.
Nick Kendall
Mathew Perry
Vincent Ryan
Brian Walsh.
 
 
 
addresses for cards and letters:
 
Hydebank Wood
Hospital Road
BELFAST
BT8 8NA 
 
Maghaberry Prison
Old Road
Ballinderry Upper
BT28 2PT
 
 
Portlaoise Prison
Portlaoise, Co Laois
Ireland

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Marian Price’s Family’s Statement

McGlinchey and Price family statement 22/11/2012

We as Marian’s family are appalled at the lack of urgency being displayed by the Parole Commissioners who are at present reviewing her case. There is a broadly shared view both within our family and the wider community that a stalling process is being employed to delay a determinant decision. We have all been assured that these Commissioners have the powers to deliver such a verdict and this view has been continually reinforced by the Secretaries of State past and present as well as David Ford’s Department of Justice and their respective appointees. It is now 18 months since Owen Paterson employed mechanisms to revoke a license he claimed Marian was held under. She is now imprisoned for offences dating back almost 40 years. Marian has been bailed by the courts yet since May 2011 has remained in solitary confinement in prison and present is held in an isolated hospital unit.

As a consequence of her treatment in Maghaberry and Hydebank prison Marian’s health has continued to deteriorate. The hospital staff now treating Marian’s various illnesses have had an arduous task balancing highly toxic medications with other treatments. This ordeal for all involved should be not be happening. The courts have said Marian should be released on bail and all medical opinion has stated she cannot be treated in an environment that is not conductive to recovery. Marian has been in an ‘outside’ hospital since June and is held under guard with all the rules and regulations applied to a prison regime. The fact that she has been hospitalised by such a lengthy period without improvement and indeed marked deterioration speaks volumes about the chronic state of her health.

Our family can no longer await the pleasure of those with the power to deal expeditiously with this legal limbo. Marian has been forced to endure the brunt of game playing to the detriment of her mental and physical health. We call on those assigned to adjudicate in this travesty of a so called justice system to act now before a shameful situation becomes irredeemable. The Parol Commissioners have not complied with the obligations apportioned to them. Marian is entitled to have a hearing within a reasonable time under Article 5 of the European Convention. The Commissioners dealing with Marian’s case must discharge their statuatory legal duties without interference from any source. Their delay in embarking on the pathway to a resolution of this urgent matter is tilting the scales towards further deterioration in Marian’s already serious ill health. At the same time we call on the state to produce the evidence if it exists so that Marian’s legal team can defend her. The Parole Commissioners must swiftly enact the duties charged to them and after such a lengthy process come to a just and decisie ruling.

The Price/McGlinchey family

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