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Revealed: £500k cost of new dissident wing at Hydebank Women's Prison

Cost of unit for three female republicans branded 'obscene'

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Hydebank Wood College, Northern Ireland (Stock Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Hydebank Wood College, Northern Ireland (Stock Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Sharon Jordan and Mandy Duffy (Mandy McCabe)

Sharon Jordan and Mandy Duffy (Mandy McCabe)

The Nicholl twins from Carrickfergus, Laura and Nicola

The Nicholl twins from Carrickfergus, Laura and Nicola

Christine Connor

Christine Connor

Hazel Stewart

Hazel Stewart

A women's prison cell at Hydebank.

A women's prison cell at Hydebank.

Doug Beattie

Doug Beattie

Hydebank Wood College, Northern Ireland (Stock Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Female dissident republican inmates have been given a brand new wing at Hydebank Women's Prison at an "obscene" cost of almost £500,000 to taxpayers - because they refuse to mix with other lags.

The controversial Fern 4 unit was purposely built to cater for Christine Connor, who was jailed for 20 years last month for trying to kill police officers.

It is also now home to Amanda McCabe, known as Mandy Duffy, and Sharon Jordan, both of whom are facing charges of directing the New IRA's terror campaign.