The release of Marian Price to attend her sister Dolours’ funeral would be an act of compassion. Her family and friends have appealed to Justice Minister David Ford to show her some humanity at this time.
Marian had an exceptionally close bond of love with her sister. The fact that her heart is broken at Dolours’ death will be understood far beyond the political circles in which either of them moved. The case for allowing her to grieve at her sister’s funeral will likewise be appreciated even by people of profoundly different ideas and background.
Minister Ford will know of Marian’s own physical and mental health difficulties which have led to her detention in a hospital facility for the past number of months. He will surely appreciate that keeping her isolated in custody to grieve alone as her sister is buried could have a devastating impact on her health.
Marian’s lawyers have asked Mr. Ford to consider allowing her to spend a week with her family to deal with her loss. We earnestly urge him to give positive consideration to the case they have made to him.
We ask all who are concerned to raise their voices so Mr. Ford can hear how broadly his decision will be supported if he grants this plea.