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Politicians in Derry have welcomed the decision to move high profile republican Marian Price from Hydebank prison to hospital.

Ms Price, who is suffering ill-health, was moved to hospital on Friday to receive medical treatment.

The move follows a long campaign, which was supported by both Sinn Fein and the SDLP to have Ms Price released from prison.

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney, vice chair of the Justice Committee at the Assembly said: “This is a welcome move. Marian Price should of course be released as her continued imprisonment is an affront to natural justice.

“Along with party colleagues Jennifer McCann and Sean Lynch we have pressed the Justice Minister to, in the absence of her release, move Marian Price to an outside hospital

“We welcome this move which will see Marian Price get the care she needs and Sinn Féin will continue to press for her immediate release.”

The move was also welcomed by Foyle SDLP Assembly member Pat Ramsey.

“In recent weeks there has been a serious deterioration in Marian Price’s health and this is a sensible and wise decision to have her moved to hospital where the medication which she needs can be administered in the appropriate clinical environment,” he said.

Previously a group of American doctors had supported calls for Ms Price to be transferred to a hospital.

Mr Ramsey added; “This move was based on the findings of medical experts and is in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of this individual.

“It is welcomed, is fundamental to her human rights and should be respected.”