Protest cancelled as prison agreement reached

The Northern Ireland Prison Service has published the text of an agreement between segregated republican prisoners in Maghaberry Prison and prison authorities.  The agreement is expected to bring to an end the protest by the prisoners in Roe House, and the planned public demonstration in Londonderry on Saturday has been cancelled.

From the BBC report

BBC NI Home Affairs Correspondent Vincent Kearney said that during the discussions, the prisoners had put forward a list of five demands and that agreement had been reached on the three demands they considered “most important”.

He said he had been told that starting on Friday, between 0830 BST and 1930 BST there would no longer be any limit on the number of prisoners who could use the recreation room or outside football pitch at the jail.

He said he had also been informed there would be a relaxation on “controlled movement inside the republican wing”.

Prisoners had told him they had secured concessions on strip-searching, and that there would no longer be “routine full-body searches”. However, it is understood strip-searching will remain an option “in exceptional circumstances”.