Sleep Deprivation Continues in Maghaberry

Via the IRPWA a statement fro Roe 4 Republican Prisoners Maghaberry.

For a number of years Republican Prisoners have highlighted systematic sleep deprivation by night guards.
On August 3rd 2015 the Prison Ombudsman issued a report which stated the NIPS policy for night guard morning checks, during which they were rattling and banging doors at 7am, were impractical, flawed, being applied incorrectly and thus legally baseless. Subsequently due to the threat of a Judicial Review and exposure this practice was largely discontinued.

On Thursday 18th February, Republican Prisoners recognised the night guard as an individual who has been responsible for deliberate sleep disruption of Republican Prisoners for over two years. This individual has returned to not only the draconian 7am checks but to wakening Republican Prisoners throughout the night by slamming the spyglass flaps and shining high powered torches into their eyes. As a result no Republican Prisoner has had a full nights sleep in 4 days.

In spite of multiple complaints and attempts to solve the matter, Republican Prisoners have been ignored. This is clearly another part of the increased harassment of Republican Prisoners as has been highlighted in recent statements. This is no less than inhuman and degrading treatment and it is now being made clear to NIPS and all those concerned; if this behavior is to continue Republican Prisoners will not be quiescent in the face of such harassment and intimidation.

Imprisoned In Maghaberry


  1. Who on the outside loses sleep over the continued torture of Irishmen?

  2. Unfortunately not many Daithi, while there's many
    republicans that disagree with the GFA I don't believe
    there is much support for armed actions at present
    and those that disagree,and attempt military action
    are ending up in jail for long periods due to informants
    technology and other methods by state force's.The
    vast majority of people unfortunately don't care what
    happens in the jails.

  3. SeanSmith, I think Lynagh and McKearney had it right when they said the British wouldnt allow it enemies to exist in its bosom, that concept has so many interesting tangents too. But i wonder what the best possible course of events for the prisoners now would be? Is a settlement like the Provos reached with early release even an option? Its not in PSF or the British/Irish governments interest to be magnanimous about this issue.

  4. DaithiD

    Well, violence doesn't work. Dialogue is the only option that does.

  5. Steve, I hope you still adovocate that when partition is gone.

  6. DaithiD

    As partition can only be removed through dialogue, yes, obviously.

    Violence changed not one iota otherwise.

  7. @Steve Ricardos it could also be argued that British/loyalist violence has changed nothing.

  8. chchlc2222 chchlc2222 ,
    it could also be argued that British violence ensured nothing changed.

  9. Or....Violence changed not one iota otherwise.

    The border did not change. 3000 dead, untold misery and further entrenched bigotry for fuck all.


  10. Steve, the Belfast Loyalists would of got the pogrom they yearned for were it not for it. But its a tactic, not a strategy or an end in itself.

  11. DaithiD

    I absolutely understand the need for defense, but I still contend that even the loyalists violence changed nothing.