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Marian Price released from custody


Marian Price is set to be released from prison custody, it has been announced

Marian Price is set to be released from prison custody, it has been announced

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Marian Price is set to be released from prison custody, it has been announced

High-profile republican Marian Price has been released from prison custody after a ruling by the Parole Commissioners.

The IRA Old Bailey bomber, whose married name is Marian McGlinchey, has been detained for more than two years since former Northern Ireland secretary of state Owen Paterson revoked her licence.

Due to ongoing health issues she was held at Belfast City Hospital. It is understood Price will be discharged from the hospital later.

A statement from the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) said: "The Parole Commissioners have decided, given her current circumstances, to release Marian McGlinchey on licence. Such a licence is normally subject to conditions."

Republicans have been conducting a high-profile campaign for her release.

Price is facing two dissident republican-related charges. The 58-year-old had been given bail but her life licence, which was granted on release for the Old Bailey bomb, was subsequently revoked by Mr Paterson in May 2011.

She was convicted along with her sister Dolours Price for their role in the 1973 car bomb attack on the London court, which resulted in the death of one man and injured more than 200, and subsequently served seven years. Dolours Price died in Dublin earlier this year.

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The Irish Government welcomed her release.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who raised the issue during meetings with Prime Minister David Cameron, said: "There has been growing concern about Marion Price's health in recent months. I am pleased to learn of today's news and I hope that Ms Price will now be able to spend time with her family and friends."

Meanwhile, the DUP called for the Parole Commissioners to explain their decision. Paul Givan, who chairs the justice committee at Stormont, claimed the release decision was bizarre. He said: "Those who have rallied to Marian Price's case should understand that their pandering to dissident republicans sends a mixed message to people across the province. They should have no truck with those who condone the work of terrorists. A clear signal must be sent to anyone who supports terrorism that they will feel the full weight of the law."

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