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Pol Brennan Rides Out Hurricane In Solitary

A couple of weeks ago we reported on the plight of

Pol Brennan

, the former Irish Republican Army man held in a Federal lock-up in the Valley on an immigration charge.

A lot has happened since. The day our story hit the street, Hurricane Dolly tore through Los Fresnos, but Brennan wasn’t there to see it, as the jail was evacuated the day before.

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Nervous again about his supposed reputation as a flight risk, prison officials singled out Brennan for special treatment. Along with another inmate with an escape history, a shackled Brennan was into a windowless van and trucked 14 hours west to another detention center in New Mexico. There, Brennan was promptly placed in solitary.

Yesterday, he was trundled back to Texas and is now in Pearsall’s South Texas Detention Complex near San Antonio.

The news hasn’t been all bad for Brennan, though. Two more U.S. Congressmen – Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal and New York Republican Jim Walsh -- have joined Rep. Peter King in support of Brennan’s bail petition.

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