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Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association • October 5th Association

Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association
Saturday 17th August 2002.

The IRPWA has learnt with sadness of the death of little Kyle McMonagle, grandson of Republican prisoner Ciaran McLaughlin. Kyle passed away this morning at 10.00am and despite repeated requests for compassionate release to be with his dying grandson Ciaran was denied this most basic right. The authorities had granted him a few hours parole but had stopped this taking place until Sunday. Since they were fully aware of the gravity of the child’s condition, having been furnished with full reports from Altnagelvin Hospital, one has to ask if this was a malicious delay to further torture this prisoner and his family. Their treatment highlights in a truly tragic way the brutality and contempt being endured by the prisoners in Maghaberry Gaol and their families on the outside. We in the IRPWA send our sincere sympathy to Ciaran, Bernie, Leanne and their entire family and assure them of our continued support and assistance. No other family should be faced with this appalling treatment, it’s time the powers that be gave prisoners the human rights and dignity they deserve.

October 5th Association (Civil Rights Veterans)

With a deep sense of sadness civil rights veterans received word that Kyle McMonagle, aged two years and six months, passed away peacefully at 10 am to-day, in Altnagelvin Hospital, surrounded by members of his loving family.

Over recent weeks the family have maintained a constant vigil at the hospital. Kyle had suffered with a very severe form of hydrocephalus.

We wish to thank sincerely all those, who upon our request, personally contacted the Prison Service and the N. Ireland Office in a bid to secure compassionate parole for Kyle's grandfather, Mr. Ciaran McLaughlin, a long-term republican prisoner at HMP Maghaberry. These included the Bishop of Derry, Dr. Seamus Hegarty, the city's mayor, Councillor Anne McCloskey, and Mr. Ivan Cooper, a former Minister of Community Relations in the ill-fated 1974 power-sharing executive at Stormont. We wish also to thank our many sincere friends in the United States whose continuing support is much needed, and greatly appreciated.

While Mr. McLaughlin was not released to bid a last fond farewell to the child, all concerned parties will mount a determined effort again to ensure that he is present at Kyle's funeral. We civil rights' veterans now call on the Stormont and British authorities to keep their 'security' to a minimum at this sad time for Ciaran, and his long-suffering family. We wish to see Kyle laid to rest in a totally peaceful and dignified manner.

Messages of sympathy received by the civil rights veterans association will be printed out and conveyed to the child's grieving family. The remains will be waked to night and Sunday night. Our members will be on hand should the family require any assistance at this tragic time. We extend our deepest sympathy to Kyle's parents, his grandmother Mrs. Bernadette McLaughlin, and all the family circle, and hope to be able to speak to Ciaran personally to offer our condolences over the next few days.

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