Republicans in Derry have condemned this morning's High Court decision to refuse to release Creggan man Neil Hegarty, who was returned to jail a day after being paroled.

Mr Hegarty's licence was revoked in December after he was accused of refusing to comply with tagging conditions.

He had been serving a ten year sentence and had been released after five. He was returned to Maghaberry Prison 36 hours after his release when it was alleged he refused entry to G4S staff who wanted to fit him with a tag.

His return to jail was then challenged by Madden & Finucane Solicitors.

But this morning, Justice McCloskey, despite expressing concerns about the police dossier into the incident, said that the 'threshold for judicial intervention had not been overcome'.

The Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association has described the decision as "devastating", and Mr Hegarty remains in jail.

Ciaran Shiels of Madden & Finucane has said they will lodge an appeal against the ruling.

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