Saturday 21 October 2017

Eamon Delaney: 'Disappeared' are Irish heroes and no Adams denial will change that

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

As television events go, this week's documentary, 'The Disappeared', about the vanished victims of the IRA's dirty war in Ireland, was truly momentous. A joint BBC and RTE production it was shown on both channels and garnered a huge audience and online response.

It was a masterclass in film-making, a layered and gripping account, which mixed extensive archive footage of the Troubles with newly shot misty scenes of the cross-Border hills and bog lands: bleak, beautiful but, in this narrative, a pitiless backdrop.

The interviews with victims and former paramilitaries were fresh and revealing, clearly the achievement of reporter Darragh MacIntyre, whose presence and empathic voice was the linchpin to an exposure that was all the more devastating for its slow, methodical and incremental approach.

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