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Government must appeal ‘Hooded Men’ case at the European Courts – Ó Donnghaile

24 April, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile


Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Irish Government not to abandon in the Hooded Men and to lodge an appeal on their behalf and on behalf of all those who value human rights and dignity, with the ECHR.

Speaking after the men and their legal representative briefed TD’s and Senators at Leinster House today, Seanadóir O Donnghaile said;

“Today, the secret torture of 14 men by the British Crown forces, during the early months of Interment in 1971, was publicly aired in the Oireachtas.

“It was a shocking story at the time it happened and it was a shocking story when retold today, 47 years later, by those who were selected for this refined torture and crude brutality.

“The Irish government were right to take the British government to the ECHR on the first occasion and they should pursue this journey alongside the Hooded Men to its final destination.

“I would urge them to continue to support the men’s pursuit of justice and appeal the most recent decision of the ECHR and I welcome the men’s meeting with An Tánaiste Simon Coveney this afternoon.

“This is not a semantical argument but a fundamental issue of protecting a person’s human rights from abuse by an abusive state power – namely the British government.

As one of the Hooded Men themselves put it so succinctly at today’s presentation, ‘The British Government should wear the stigma of torturer because that is precisely what they are’.

“The Irish Government must ensure this injustice is not allowed to pass without the full truth being exposed on the world stage.” 

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