department named Cogús45 campaigning on issues of prison conditions and have called for the donation of books to
Maghaberry, whilst the IRSP also have their own organisation, Teach na Fáilte.
Promoting the current prisoner campaign is an important aspect of dissident
propaganda. For dissidents there are several beneficial reasons in promoting the
campaign for republican prisoners. Firstly, highlighting alleged poor treatment
of republican prisoners contradicts the claims of normalisation in Northern
Ireland. In May 2011, republican prisoners in Maghaberryprison began a
Peter Shirlow, Jonathan Tonge, James McAuley and Catherine McGlynn
imprisonment of republicans has always been an issue
that evokes suffering and symbolises effectively the ongoing struggle
and objection to partition.
In 2003, the IRSP’s Eddie McGarrigle urged INLA
former prisoners to support the campaign by Real and Continuity IRA
prisoners for segregation of republicans in Maghaberryprison, stating
that: ‘The IRSP fully support the right to segregation and we