MLA Maurice Bradley has welcomed plans to refurbish and develop Magilligan Prison as ‘a step in the right direction’.
Back in 2016, Bradley pressed the then Justice Minister, Claire Sugden during question time at Stormont.
At that time, Bradley was informed that the Department of Justice was committed to providing a redeveloped prison at Magilligan, but at that time the Minister was unable to give a timescale for work to begin.
“The revelation this week – that work is expected to begin within the next couple of years – is good news,” commented Bradley.
“We are well aware that Magilligan has outlived its purpose, the infrastructure there does not meet Disability Discrimination Act standards and it is expensive to maintain and operate.
“I am pleased that the Department and the NI Prison Service are still committed to the new build at Magilligan, however it is subject to capital funding.
“The absence of an Executive and a Justice Minister is hampering this project and indeed many others from progressing.
“I would encourage the Department and the Prison Service to do what they can to move forward on this project sooner rather than later.
“The redevelopment of the prison will benefit not only the prisoners; it will also have a positive effect on job security in the area.”