Northern Ireland

Reaction to Marian Price's release

The high-profile Irish republican Marian McGlinchey, formerly Price, has been released from custody after more than two years.

The convicted IRA bomber had been in custody since May 2011, when the former Northern Ireland Secretary, Owen Paterson, revoked her licence.

She was moved from Hydebank Prison to a Belfast hospital on medical advice last June. She will remain in hospital.

She was previously convicted for her part in the Old Bailey bomb in 1973.

There has been reaction across the political spectrum to her release.

Sinn Fein junior minister Jennifer McCann

"She should never have been imprisoned in the first place. Re-imposing her life-term licence, especially given that she was granted bail, was a vindictive and unjust decision, and denied Ms Price the entitlement to due legal process.

"Sinn Fein had made representations to the parole hearing and we are glad they have seen sense."

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey

"This was never a case about politics, it had human rights at its centre and this and other cases, regardless of political viewpoint, should be seen as a human rights issue."

Paul Givan, DUP chair of justice committee

"The Price licence was revoked under article 9(1) of the Life Sentences (Northern Ireland) Order 2001 on the advice of the Parole Commission therefore the Commission now need to come forward and explain what has changed. Indeed, to this end, I have invited the Commissioners to appear in front of the DoJ Committee and answer questions from MLAs.

In 2012, when the SDLP tabled a motion in support of Marian Price in the Assembly, I argued that attempts to have undue influence on how the Parole Commissioners exercised their duty were foolish. If we are to have confidence in the system, it is important that the process be opened up to allow us to know what recommendations were made by the Department of Justice or NIO on the matter.

Tom Elliot, Ulster Unionist MLA

"The news today that the Parole Commissioners have made the decision to release Marian Price from custody will come as a shock to many people.

"This is because charges of providing property for the purposes of terrorism in relation to the murders of soldiers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey, as well as encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, still stand against her."

Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny

"There has been growing concern about Marian Price's health in recent months.

"I am pleased to learn of today's news and I hope that Ms Price will now be able to spend time with her family and friends."

Irish deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore

"Her detention and declining health have led to concerns across the political spectrum in the Oireachtas (Irish Houses of Parliament) and I know that this decision will be widely welcomed on humanitarian grounds."