Tuesday 21 November 2017

Coogan's view of Brendan Hughes

In his review of Ed Moloney's book, 'Voices from the Grave' (Irish Independent, April 17), Tim Pat Coogan said that my brother, Brendan Hughes, "drank heavily" after he had been released from Long Kesh.

How does Mr Coogan know that, since he himself admits in his review that he only ever met Brendan once, and that was at the height of the 1980 hunger strike when he found Brendan to be "rational and intelligent"?

Is Mr Coogan insinuating that Brendan was less rational and intelligent in 2001 (when he gave his interviews to Boston College) than he had been in 1981 and that. therefore. his testimony in 'Voices from the Grave' is valueless? If so, he should say so, and he should provide us with the evidence upon which he comes to that conclusion.

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