McMahon calls for release of Brendan Lillis

Bundoran Town Councillor Mick McMahon is calling for the immediate release of a seriously ill republican prison on compassionate grounds.

Bundoran Town Councillor Mick McMahon is calling for the immediate release of a seriously ill republican prison on compassionate grounds.

The Sinn Féin councillor told the Donegal Democrat yesterday: “Brendan Lillis should be released immediately from Magheraberry prison as he is seriously ill and has been confined to bed for more than 600 days.

Lillis was sentenced to life in prison in 1977 on explosive charges but was released on licence in 1993, as part of the peace process.

In 2009, he was arrested for armed robbery and his licence was revoked and he was told that he would have to spend his life in prison.

Cllr McMahon commented: “Back when he was arrested, the judge said he was too weak to stand trial. He was sent to prison on the grounds that he was ‘a danger to the public’. Now he is completely debilitated - he does not represent a threat to anyone.”

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister is also calling for Lillis’s release. He said this week that NI Justice Minister “has the power to release Brendan Lillis on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.”