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Hydebank Wood College (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Hydebank Wood College (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Hydebank Wood College (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A wing at Hydebank built for just three dissident republicans will cost the taxpayer a “grotesque” £355,000 a year to run, it has emerged.

Sunday Life revealed last week that the unit housing Christine Connor, Amanda McCabe (also known as Mandy Duffy) and Sharon Jordan cost a huge £482,000 to build.

The running cost was revealed by Justice Minister Naomi Long in response to a question from Ulster Unionist Doug Beattie.