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Prisoners endorse ONH ceasefire

Prisoners linked to Óglaigh na hÉireann have said they endorse the organisation's decision to call a ceasefire.

PRISONERS aligned to Óglaigh na hÉireann (ONH), which last month announced a ceasefire, have given their support to the organisation's decision to end armed action.

Inmates housed in the separated regime at Roe House in Maghaberry Prison have said they fully "endorse the announcement" that the group is to suspend "military operations against the British state".

In a statement given to The Irish News a spokesperson for the Cogús prisoners said they were "fully consulted during the internal review and offered contributions to the debate on the continued use of armed struggle".

"Owing to the present political reality in Ireland, and the impact of present day armed republicanism, we acknowledge the mature and honest assessment by Óglaigh na hÉireann on these important factors".

Last month the group, who were responsible for the attack on Catholic police officer Peadar Heffron in 2010, issued a statement to the Irish News saying: "The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann are announcing that with immediate effect we will suspend all armed actions against the British state".

It added: "We will continue to protect our membership and base as we move forward in a spirit of united determination to achieve our political aims."

While sources linked to the group say there has been no back-channel negotiations with the British government, it is understood they hope the current dispute involving republican prisoners in Maghaberry and the Prison Service may be resolved in recognition of the ceasefire.

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