Dissidents boot Dowdall and his dad off Republican wing in Portlaoise Prison
Thug Jonathan Dowdall and his father have been booted off the Republican landing in Portlaoise because dissidents said they were embarrassed by their presence – after the media reported they were there.
Former Sinn Fein councillor Dowdall (40), was accepted on to the Republican wing in the high-security prison after pleading guilty to water- boarding Alex Hurley, who he wrongly believed was trying to defraud him in connection with the sale of a motorbike.
The E1 Republican landing in Portlaoise Prison is reserved for Republican paramilitaries and famously has a more relaxed regime than in other jails.
However, a source has revealed that Dowdall has not been having an easy time of it behind bars in recent weeks.
A family member had cancelled a visit to him in Portlaoise since it emerged in court that their daughter had recorded the video of him waterboarding Alex but visits resumed this week.
We can also reveal that Dowdall and his father, Patrick, have both been booted off the republican wing of the prison.
Dowdall was keen to boast about his republican links when he tortured Alex at his home, but despite his claims is not suspected of involvement in the IRA.
The Irish Republican Prisoner Supporter’s Group released a statement this week confirming the men had been booted off the wing.
“Criminals Jonathan and Patrick Dowdall have been expelled from E1 Republican landing in Portlaoise Prison,” they stated.
“Since news broke of their being placed on the landing it caused outrage within Republican circles.”
The statement said the right to political status is fundamental to republican prisoners.
“At times the very heart of the Republican struggle was centred around the incarceration of Republican POWs; wherein the attempts to criminalise the fundamental legitimacy and dignity of that struggle were resisted with tremendous hardships.
“At times Republicans suffered torture and even death on hunger strike in the fight against criminalisation. Indeed the actions and steadfastness of Republican POWs elevated the Republican Struggle as a model to other revolutionary struggles.”
The statement said republican prisoners took action on Tuesday evening “to protect and safeguard the integrity of republican POWs and the republican struggle itself”.
The statement did not explain why the Dowdalls were allowed on the wing in the first place and why they were only removed after the media reported on their presence there.
Several republican figures have been linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud including New IRA man Michael Barr, who was believed to have been involved in the Regency shooting and was shot dead last year.
Footage of the attack on Hurley was found when Dowdall’s home was raided by detectives investigating the Regency Hotel bloodbath.