"Creating Lunatics." ‘There is a thing worse than death..madness. Almost every lunatic asylum in Ireland holds prisoners who have been made insane in the British and Free State torture chambers and prison camps.. The public does not know these things; the Free State Government tries to conceal, the Irish Press refuses to publish any of the facts concerning torture and the ill treatment of prisoners or camp conditions.. Most of the cases of prison insanity seem to come on gradually, many can be traced to torture..If the prisoners are not released very shortly, before July, there will be hundreds of cases of mental collapse.. Maud Gonne MacBride. Hon, Secretary, Women Prisoners’ Defence League. 30th April, 1924. Printed one side. With manuscript corrections to some of the text. . (25cm x 18). Paper age toned and brittle along margins, with a few light creases. Maud Gonne’s son Sean MacBride, was a founding member of Amnesty International and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Amnesty 1974. This document is redolent of the tenants on which Amnesty International was founded.