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Hooded Men ruling "hugely disappointing" - Ó Donnghaile

11 September, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed disappointment that The European Court of Human Rights has rejected an appeal by the Irish Government against an earlier ruling that the British Army did not torture the Hooded Men.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:“The decision not to lodge this appeal at the Grand Chamber will be hugely disappointing for The Hooded Men and their families. “They have had the indignity of being victims of torture with the perpetrators of that policy going unpunished. “The men were never broken and have campaigned for truth and justice for almost fifty years. They continue to have our unwavering support in getting to the truth of their ordeal. “I commend the Irish Government for their stand in taking this case - it was the right thing to do - to stand against a great injustice inflicted on these fourteen Irish citizens. I also want to thank colleagues in the Seanad who unanimously supported my motion calling for this appeal to be lodged. “The people of Ireland, countless humanitarian and human rights organisations the world over all know well what these men endured amounted to torture. It is a great shame and indictment on the European Court that they failed to even allow The Hooded Men, some of whom are advanced in years, this opportunity to assert their case on the international stage. “I look forward to meeting the men, their families and their legal team again soon to discuss their next steps."

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