Growing Support

Following are some of those who have expressed concern at the injustices of the Sallins Case.

Irish Supreme Court Justice Adrian HardimanAmnesty InternationalThe Irish Council for Civil Liberties … Ex and sitting Presidents … Mary MacAleese, Mary Robinson, Michael D Higgins … Adviser to Irish Council of State, Michael Farrell … Singer/Songwriter Christy Moore … Ex UN Assistant General Secretary Dennis Halliday … Musician Donal Lunny … Law Professor Kent University Dermot Walsh … Actor Donal O’Kelly … Musician Keith Donald … Chair of European (CCBE) Criminal Law Committee, solicitor James MacGuill … Retired Judge Pat McCartan … Poet Paula Meehan … Film and TV director/producer Lelia Doolan…South African Minister and ICCL founder Kadar Asmal… Birminham Six (Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Joseph Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power, John Walker)… Guildford Four (Paul Hill, Gerry Conlon, Paddy Armstrong, Carole Richardson)…ex Philippine hostage Fr. Niall O’Brien… UN consultants International Association of Democratic LawyersInternational Commission of Jurists… author MP Chris Mullen… musician Tony McMahon Irish Congress of Trade Unions Fr. Donal O’Carroll Papal Nuncio Archbishop Alibrandi… performer Mick Hanley… author Tim Pat CooganBrehon Law Society USAAfrican Commission on Human and Peoples’ RightsChristian Association for Abolition of TortureInternational Commission of Jurists, GenevaAssociation for Legal JusticeIrish Transport and General Workers’ Union Aux Bishop J. Kavanagh …… Human Rights lawyer Paul O’Dwyer USA…Irish Commission for Justice and Peace… ex-US Attorney General Ramsey Clarke…Human Rights activists Berrigan Brothers, Frs. Raymond Murray, Des Wilson… actor Niall Toibín… actor Mick Lally…actor Cyril Cusack…actor Brendan Gleeson…actress Finuala Flanagan…comedian and actor Niall Tóibín…broadcaster Gay ByrneLiberty UKCardinal O’FiaichMaitre Antoine Comte, ParisHuman Rights Watch, London

Documentaries on the Case



Seeds of a police state
½ Million views. TG4 2019



International award-winning radio documentary
Over 2M hits. RTE 2019

faoi lamh an stait

At the HANDS of the STATE

Faoi Lámha an Stáit

Ex- Minister admits torture
Award-winning. TG4 2001

What’s the Sallins Conspiracy Case all about?

Mr. Osgur Breatnach, a human rights activist, journalist and author, was kidnapped by Gardaí in 1976. He was wrongly accused of participation in the 1976 Cork to Dublin mail train robbery, at Sallins, Co. Kildare. He was one of 40 men detained following the robbery, in the biggest round up ordered by any Irish government since WW2. Eleven of the men (including Breatnach) were tortured by members of the Garda Heavy Gang. Such behaviour was common practise. Breatnach was detained eight consecutive times, over eight consecutive days, before being hospitalised.

After the longest consecutive criminal trials (5) in Irish history, which included controversial issues of perjury and a sleeping judge, three were convicted and sentenced to a total of 33 years. International campaigns have resulted in their being found innocent and released from jail. But all Governments refuse an inquiry. The State refuse to investigate the crimes against these men, instead they have conspired to cover-up the case. The international campaign for an impartial sworn public inquiry, as dictated by international law, is gaining support from across society, in Ireland and abroad.

Magil Sallins Case
Sallins Inquiry
Diceman Sallins Case
ICCL Sallins
Amnesty Sallins


Amnesty International and The Irish Council for Civil Liberties have jointly called on the Irish Government to comply with its international obligation to hold an impartial public inquiry into the  Sallins Case.

Immediately after the round-up of over 40 Irish citizens in 1976 during the garda investigation of the robbery, Amnesty publicly called for the inquiry, as required by international UN obligations. A 100-page report of their findings after their 1978 on-the-ground investigation, was submitted to the government. Ever since, they have reiterated their demand.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties, formed immediately after the mass arrests by, amongst others, Mary Robinson (later to be President of Ireland) and law professor Kadar Asmal has always demanded such an inquiry.

The full text of the joint statement issued by Amnesty International and ICCL on 9 July 2019 is available HERE

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