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Brón ar an mBás: POW Liam Mulhern Dies in British Captivity

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Óglach Liam Mulhern, Continuity Irish Republican Army



Liam Mulhern was first imprisoned at 15 years old, accused of being part of a 3 man active service unit attempting to plant a bomb in Belfast city centre as a member of the Continuity Irish Republican Army. They were later released after a period on remand.


Liam, a native of Belfast was a fluent Irish speaker and an articulate republican, he was found on Tuesday evening in his prison cell in Maghaberry, face down on the floor with no heartbeat, he could have been there for up to 1 hour without help, the prison was aware that Liam had a number of medical issues. Last year he had a small heart attack and often complained with chest pain and trouble breathing. Several months ago he passed out and had a seizure and when taken to Craigavon hospital, he was told he may have a clot on his brain or a stint and would need to receive further scans to determine the problem, he never received those tests and scans. Liam also suffered from Spina Bifida, which left him in severe pain. 3 years ago he was told by a doctor he needed an orthopaedic mattress for this condition and the prison failed to provide this. He was also waiting 18months for an injection into his spine for this pain and never received it.


The negligence of the prison to look after and treat all prisoners is clear and more has to be done to help prisoners with medical issues. Although Liam Mulhern was pronounced dead today, he died on the 27/10/14 in his prison cell, his heart was restarted on the way to hospital but by that time the lack of oxygen to the brain had already killed him and it was just procedure to monitor anyone who’s heart had been restarted for 48 hours on life support before officially being able to declare the death.



Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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