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'Hooded man' Kevin Hannaway to challenge Covid restrictions on visits at Portlaoise jail

Hooded man Kevin Hannaway
Connla Young

'HOODED man' Kevin Hannaway (71) has been given permission to challenge the Irish Prison Service over Covid-19 regulations at Portlaoise jail.

The Belfast man, who was convicted in 2018 of helping the 'IRA' carry out interrogations of other members in Dublin, is to challenge a rule that restricts visits to two family members and for a maximum of 15 minutes.

In 1971 he was subjected to what the European Court of Human Rights called “inhumane and degrading” treatment while being interned.

The High Court in Dublin granted permission for a challenge yesterday, which will be heard in November.

Solicitor Darragh Mackin, of Phoenix Law, said: “Whilst we all accept that there is a need for restrictions to prevent the continuing spread of Covid 19, those restrictions must be premised upon expert advice and must be consistent with those imposed on the wider population.”

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