Derry rally calls for release of Marian Price

Kate Nash, Mons. Raymond Murray, and Pat Ramsey MLA among those behind the banner at the from of the demonstrayion calling for the release of Maria Price. (2404MM10)
Kate Nash, Mons. Raymond Murray, and Pat Ramsey MLA among those behind the banner at the from of the demonstrayion calling for the release of Maria Price. (2404MM10)

Around 200 people took part in a demonstration in Derry on Sunday calling for the release of prominent republican Marian Price.

The demonstration, which included a march from Free Derry Corner to Guildhall Square, was attended by a number of well known dissident republicans, including Lurgan man Colin Duffy.

Mr Duffy was recently acquitted of the murders of two British soldiers at Massereene Baracks in March 2009.

At Guildhall Square, the march was addressed by a number of different speakers, including Gerry McGlinchey, husband of Marian Price, Mons. Raymond Murray, former Long Kesh chaplain, Kate Nash, Bloody Sunday relative, and Foyle SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey.

Mr McGlinchey called for the secretary of state to release his wife, who was returned to prison when her licence was revoked following her arrest after an Easter commemoration in Derry last year.

“He has not made clear in any way what threat she poses. I don’t think she poses any threat. He refuses to say what evidence he has,” he said.

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey called for a meeting with the secretary of state to discuss the ongoing detention of Ms Price. “It is fairly obvious that 12 months of solitary confinement has taken its toll. The SDLP are of the opinion she should be released.

“There is something not right if we have senior consultants telling us this lady should be in a hospital environment and the justice minister is being told something else,” he said.