Northern Ireland

Derry march charges re-instated in Marian Price case

Image caption Marian Price's lawyer said she was severely depressed and may not be fit to appear in court

Charges against four people including former hunger striker Marian Price have been re-instated by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

The charges relate to a republican march in Londonderry in April 2011.

In May, a district judge said he would not return the four for trial as there were "no papers in front of him" and the charges were not proceeded with.

However, the decision by the PPS means that the four will now face the original charges again.

The three Derry men were freed but Ms Price continued to be held in custody because her licence had been revoked.

Ms Price, 57, who appeared in court under her married name of Marian McGlinchey, from Stockman's Avenue in Belfast, was charged along with Paddy McDaid, 42, of Sackville Court, Frank Quigley, 29, of Elmwood Road and Marvin Canning, 50, of Glendara, all in Derry, in connection with managing and taking part in a meeting in support of a proscribed organisation.

Revoked

They are due to appear at a preliminary enquiry at the city's Magistrate's Court on 27 September.

At the time of her first appearance on this charge in May 2011, it was announced that the secretary of state had revoked Ms Price's licence and she has remained in custody ever since.

There have been increasing concerns about the health of Ms Price and the matter has been raised by various political parties including Sinn Fein and the SDLP.

It is not known if she will be judged fit to appear in court on that date.

At the hearing in May, a barrister told the court that his client was "severely depressed" and may not be fit to appear in court for some time.

Ms Price was convicted for her part in the bombing of the Old Bailey in London in 1973 but was later released from prison on licence.

Her licence was revoked by then Secretary of State Owen Paterson last May.