A statement from Dr Anne McCloskey on the imprisonment of Derry republican, Tony Taylor.
Tony Taylor, citizen of Derry and one of my patients at Racecourse Medical
Group was arrested and taken to Maghaberry Prison on Thursday March 10th. He
had been released on license for a further four years, following a three year
prison sentence which ended just over a year ago.
Tony's license was revoked
last Thursday, without any charges having been brought against him, nor
evidence of wrong-doing produced. This was at the diktat of one Theresa Anne
Villiers, a member of the British establishment, and Conservative Party MP for
Chipping Barnet. Ms Villiers spokesperson confirmed that Tony’s arrest was on
the recommendation of the Independent Parole Commission, another unelected body
appointed by the Department of Justice. The reason given was that he poses a
risk to the public. No further explanation seems required.
Since his arrest, Tony has remained in his cell in solitary confinement, as he
is being held in a wing with ordinary prisoners, and thus is at significant
risk of physical harm. I understand that he did not have access to food or
medication initially, and have no definite confirmation that this is no longer
As Tony’s GP I have serious concerns for his health and wellbeing. He has
long-standing medical problems and requires regular meals and access to his
usual prescription medication. His previous periods of imprisonment have taken
their toll on his health, and he is at risk of serious adverse outcomes as a
consequence of this arrest. Furthermore, Tony’s family have suffered hugely as
a result of his periods of separation from them, and this current situation
will be very stressful for them, especially for his son who has learning
difficulties, and who will have major problems adjusting to the loss of his
One of the hallmarks of a civilised society is access to justice, and the
presumption of innocence until found guilty in a court of law. Tony deserves
nothing less. Should there be any evidence against him, this should be produced
and he and his legal team be allowed a fair trial.
His family are tonight deprived of a husband and father at the bidding of a
woman who received not a single vote in this country. I add my voice to the
many calling for his immediate release.