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Concerns raised about safety of suspected republican prisoner Luke O'Neill

Concerns have been raised about republican suspect Luke O'Neill after he was placed on a landing with the general prison population
Connla Young

A SOLICITOR acting for a Co Armagh man facing paramilitary charges has threatened to take legal action after authorities refused to move him to a republican landing at Maghaberry Prison.

Luke O’Neill (22) from Lurgan has been held on a general landing at the Co Antrim prison since being arrested and charged last month.

His solicitor Niall Murphy last night said he was worried for his client’s safety.

Normally paramilitary suspects and prisoners are held together in the prison’s Roe House.

Mr O’Neill was one of four men charged with “preparation of terrorist acts", namely targeting a former member of the security forces.

The men were arrested after a large-scale security operation during which police recovered a fully prepared explosively formed projectile.

The other three men are believed to have been transferred to Roe House.

It is understood the solicitor raised concerns about his client’s plight during a remand hearing in Craigavon yesterday.

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