Maghaberry prison: Open Letter to Justice Minister David Ford
Brussels, July 20th 2011
Dear Mister Ford,
If you would decide to show a little compassion for Brendan Lillis and Roisin Lynch, partner of Brendan, then I would strongly appreciate that, Mr. Ford. Don't see them as your political ennemies but as human beings, please.
I will write you a final letter today asking you again to release Brendan and I call for Brendan's release on purely humanitarian grounds so that he might die at home.
Do not wait too long with your decision, Mr. Ford.
I heard that you want to organize now a new meeting 'to discuss the medical condition' of Brendan. I don't think that it would be a good idea. It will be too late for Brendan and it would be just terrible for Roisin. It will also undermine the credibility of the representatives of the DUP, Sinn Féin, the Alliance Party, the Green Party and the Progressive Unionist Party who supported you to become Northern Ireland’s first Justice Minister in 38 years.
Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old former Life-sentence political prisoner from West Belfast, in Ireland, is currently desperately 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!
Links:BBC interview with Brendan Lillis’ partner Roisin Lynch (18.7.2011):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/bbc_radio_foyle#fre...or click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b012m7nh
Then go forward to 1:05:05 - 7 days left to listen again
On 14-7-11 Roisin Lynch, partner of Brendan Lillis, spoke at a meeting in Pilot’s Row Derry.
Release Brendan Lillis – YouTube - http://youtu.be/xPlrXlHcyIo
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Photo: Brendan Lillis, dying in Maghaberry prison