Imprisoned water charge protesters will step up their hunger strike from this morning by refusing fluids in opposition to their transfer to Wheatfield Prison, it has been reported.
Derek Byrne, Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill, all serving sentences for breaching a High Court order, began refusing food over the weekend.
They are opposing their transfer from Mountjoy to Wheatfield Prison.
A fourth man, Michael Batty, is receiving medical treatment abroad, while Bernie Hughes is serving her sentence in the Dóchas Centre women’s unit.
The men have vowed to refuse fluids until they are returned to Mountjoy. This location is closer their homes and would make visiting arrangements easier for their families.
The men said in a statement that “We were moved out of Mountjoy because of a political decision. We have taken the steps to go on hunger strike and have been on hunger strike since yesterday.”
“If we are not moved back to Mountjoy Training Unit, as we were told we would be, then on Monday morning we will be taking it further and refusing fluids until we are moved back to Mountjoy.”
Thousands of people marched in support of the jailed protesters over the weekend.
Yesterday, a small protest took place outside Wheatfield Prison where demonstrators called for Derek Byrne, Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill to be returned to Mountjoy Prison.