IRA volunteer Gerry McGeough (with a “u”) was jailed for the attempted murder of the UDR’s Samuel Brush in 1981. His appeal for a pardon, based on time served previously in Germany, was denied in March (BBC).
“End internment by remand and release Marian Price now.” In May 2011, Marian Price’s bail was overturned and she was returned to prison by Secretary of State Owen Paterson, and has remained there since. She was moved from Hydebank in England to a Belfast prison hospital in June (BBC | Belfast Daily).
Two pieces of graffiti along Lecky Road, Derry, calling for the release of republican POWs: “Free all POWs – 32CSM” [32 County Sovereignty Movement (web)] and “Free all ONH [Óglaigh Na hÉireann (WP)] POWs now!!”
“Honour our patriot dead – wear an Easter lily”. “Political status for republican prisoners – www.éirígí.org“. These are two small boards below the advertising hoarding at the junction of Northumberland Street and the Falls Road, Belfast. The web address only works with the fadas removed.
Owen Paterson (with one “t”) is the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who revoked Price’s licence last year after she appeared at an Easter rally but those charges have just been dismissed (BBC). This Marian Price (WP) mural on the Whiterock Road was launched on May 13 to protest her continued incarceration. The stencil is in Beechmount Street.
The 1981 hunger strikes – as the culmination of the blanket protest and no-wash or “dirty” protest – are put in parallel with the dirty protest against forced strip searches in Maghaberry prison, involving throwing urine and excrement onto prison landings, as well as not washing or shaving (BBC).
“RNU supports the POWs in Maghaberry and Portlaoise gaol.” Taylor, E. McLoone, M. McLoone, Nash, Doyle, Cassidy, Kerr, McFadden, Derry, O’Donnell. “T. Taylor” is presumably Tony Taylor, released under the conditions of the Good Friday agreement but jailed for three years in 2011 for possession of a rifle (BBC).