Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (287)

Finian McGrath


373 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding a person (details supplied) who is on hunger strike; if this person’s human rights will be respected; if they will be given the maximum assistance and support from the prison authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6523/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The person referred to is on remand in Limerick prison pending a further court appearance on 11 March 2004. I am informed that he has been charged with wilful obstruction, dangerous driving, obstruction of a peace officer, obstructing a member of the Garda Síochána in the course of his duty, failing to comply with the direction of a member of the Garda Síochána and abusive behaviour in a public place.

I have made inquiries regarding this case and I am satisfied the person referred to is being given appropriate assistance and support by the prison authorities. I have been informed that he ended his hunger strike on 1 March 2004.