Irish Government to Act Over Hooded Men Torture


The Irish government has decided to proceed with an application to have a European Court of Human Rights judgement revised.

The case was originally brought by the Irish government on behalf of a number of men interned in the north of Ireland by the British in 1971.

In 1978 the Court ruled that the men had suffered inhumane and degrading treatment but stopped short of ruling that torture had occurred.

However new evidence publicised in a programme by RTE called the original decision of the Court into doubt.

Since then pressure has grown to have the Irish government seek a revision of the judgement on ‘the Hooded Men’ – so called because of one of the techniques involving long hours of hooding whilst other tortures were applied.

The campaign for justice for ‘the Hooded Men’ was spearheaded by Amnesty International and the Pat Finucane Centre.

Over the past few days the Celtic League has also voiced its support with letters from the General Secretary to the Taoiseach and from the Director of Information to the Ministers for Justice and Foreign Affairs.

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J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information


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