Thursday 19 October 2017

Eoghan Harris: The continuity of the IRA and bodies buried in bogs

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

LAST Tuesday, at 5.50pm, Brendan Smith, Fianna Fail TD for Cavan-Monaghan, rose in Dail Eireann to make by far the best speech on the moral and political issues raised by the RTE/BBC programme The Disappeared. Let me take four quotes from his speech as a stimulus to my own few thoughts.

"RTE and BBC did a valuable public service in producing this documentary, which dealt in great detail with those awful murders and devastated families."

So they did. It was all the better because reporter Darragh MacIntyre did not adopt a morally neutral stance. The programme's ethical hinterland was extended by the experience of RTE's executive producer Steve Carson, who had previously made a poignant film on Frank Aiken's involvement in the reprisal massacre of eight Protestant civilians in June 1922 at Altnaveigh, Co Armagh.

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