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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 … Syndicat De Magistrature Judge E Bloch … Lawyer, Le Droit DeL’Homme Paul Bykaerk … RHA Yann Goulet … MRIAI Uinseann MacEoin … Journalist Brendan O Cathaoir … Comhalachas Daon Scoil Brendan O Cearbhaill … MAC Dr Dermot McDermotFree Legal Aid CentresPaxChristi Ireland ) (consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF and the Council of Europe…Carrick-an-Suir Trades CouncilSligo Co. CouncilConradh na Gaeilge Clare Co. CouncilDr. Rhona Fields (US psychiatrist)…Waterford Trades CouncilNenagh Co. CouncilCommunity Government Movement…actress Siobhan McKennaEdinburgh University Students Association…writer Desmond FennellDerry Trades CouncilLabour Party Dublin SoutheastLongford Co. CouncilIrish Post Office Engineering Union…actor Cyril CusackTrinity College Dublin Labour Party…writer/broadcaster Proinsias Mac AonghusaNavan Trades CouncilDonegal Co. Council…writer Con HoulihanLabour Party Ranelagh BranchGalway Co. Council…author Ulick O’ConnorUniversity College Dublin Fianna FailNEETUnion(Dublin No.1 Branch)…poet Seamus DeaneFianna Fail Harry Boland CumanLaw professor Barry McAuleyUniversity College Galway Students UnionFianna Fail Eamon O Murchú CumannCashel Co. CouncilMenonite Church…journalist John MulcahyFederated Workers Union of IrelandDr. Robert Daly (psychiatrist)… Northside Dublin Women’s Group…lecturer Augustine MartinWorkers Party Wicklow Comhairle Ceanntar National Institute of Higher Education Students UnionsDatsun car workersBray Trades Council…author/ journalist Tim Pat CooganRanks workersWomen Workers UnionLeitrim Co. Council Kadar Asmal (lecturer/ government minister South Africa)… Connolly Youth MovementArklow Co. CouncilBrendan O’DuillPsychiatric Nurses AssociationCommunist Party of IrelandAssociation of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs (Limerick)Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist Leninist)Drogheda CorporationIrish Commission for Justice & Peace Dublin Anarchist Collective…Navan Co. Council… Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (9d1 Branch) League for the Workers Republic Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union (11102 Branch) Buncrana Co. Council Robert Ballagh Irish Civil Rights Association Bernadette McAliskey Dublin Gay Rights Collective Kerry Co. Council Irish Transport & General Workers Union T.O’Mahony Peoples Democracy IRSP Dublin City Council Irish Painters and Decorators Union Revolutionary Struggle Jerome Connolly (independent expert Irish Department of Foreign Affairs – NGO Standing Committee on Human Rights) Limerick Trades Council Kildare Co. Council Sinn Féin Roscommon Co. Council Dublin Trades Council Socialist Works MovementShannon Trades CouncilDundalk Regional Technical College Students UnionSpirit of Freedom Committee…author Robert MerlePrisoners’ Rights OrganisationMargueretta D’Arcy (actress/ writer/ playwright)Sligo Trades CouncilArchbishop Gaetano Alibrandi Papal Nuncio IrelandPlumbers Union (southern)Joe Costello TDUnion of Students of IrelandDrogheda Trades CouncilNaas Urban District CouncilUniversity College Dublin Students UnionProf. Ivor BrowneBray Co. Council Irish Post Office Engineering Union…journalist/author Eamonn McCannTrinity College Dublin Students UnionUnion of ConstructionAllied Trades and Technicians Cork 2nd Branch) …journalist Vincent BrowneShannon Town CommissionersUniversity College Cork Law SocietyLongford Co. Council…broadcaster Sean Mac Mathuna
This website details the international campaign for an independent public inquiry into the Sallins Case.  
The case follows the notorious  abduction, malicious arrest, torture, framing and jailing of innocent men.
Why is the corrupt cover up by successive Irish government’s ignoring whistleblowers,  perpetuating the suffering of Irish families for close on 50 years?
What were the torture techniques employed in Ireland over, at least, thirty years?

Why is the ongoing failure to hold the inquiry in itself a new, current, REAL TIME CRIME, according to the UN. 
What is ongoing Cruel Inhuman and Degrading Treatment of the Sallins Men and their families?
Why does the UN Convention against Torture and the European Convention for Human Rights insist on an inquiry to expose the truth?
How has the Sallins case entered history as Ireland’s longest running criminal case and considered the most outrageous miscarriage of justice?
Is the detention, as detailed in this site, of over 40 people in Ireland in 1976 in the Sallins Case the biggest round up of political activists since WW2?
What happened in a tunnel under Dublin’s Bridewell Garda Station?
Read how eleven men were tortured, six charged and, after 5 trials, three sentenced to 12 years. 
Was the only evidence against them untrue ‘confessions’ of robbing a mail train, dictated and written by Gardai and signed under torture?
Become aware of the draconian emergency legislation, the Offences Against the State Act,  which facilitates detentions and torture.
Prepare to be shocked by the five trials that took place and the notorious juryless Special Criminal Court. 
Did a judge openly sleep on the bench during one of the trials?
Read how over 50 gardai gave sworn evidence of not hearing any of the screams in the Bridewell over three days and nights.
Was the final trial the longest in Irish legal history?
Read the full shocking investigation report by Amnesty International pronouncing an endemic torture policy in the state and a special court that is nothing but a sentencing tribunal.
See why the inquiry demand is supported by Fair Trials International. 
View the Government Inquiry Petition demanded by all NGO Irish human rights organisations [the Irish Council for  Civil Liberties, the Association for Legal Justice & Pat Finucane Centre]
See many of the listed thousands of Irish citizens, ex-Presidents, celebrities, trade unionists, community activists, across the political, social and religious spectrum concerned at the case.
Who was the Garda Commissioner- Mi6 agent who ran the Garda Heavy Gang and discover the identity of many of his gang members.
Why is a statutory independent public inquiry the key to exposing this cover-up, the worst and most glaring Irish miscarriage of justice?
Numerous articles, award winning documentaries, radio and TV programmes related to the case, its background, as well as relevant documents, timelines and court judgements are all available in one place, in this one site.
And nowhere else.

Latest Articles on the Campaign

crimes and confessions

Crimes and Confessions

For over forty years the existence of a Garda heavy Gang has been denied. This ground-breaking three-part true-crime series looks at three of the most notorious miscarriages of justice cases from the 1970s and 1980 and draws links between them.

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Award-winning Documentaries on the Cover-Up

Finne Documentary


As the seeds of police state develop, Osgur Breatnach re-visits his nightmarish conviction for the Sallins mail train frame-up, his subsequent efforts to quash the conviction and force a public inquiry.

Policed Podcasts


Irish Policing Authority member, Dr. Vicky Conway (BCL, LLM), hosts two podcasts with Osgur Breatnach, wrongfully convicted in 1978 of the Sallins Mail Train Robbery. 15,000 Hits first 7 Days.

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The traumatic after-effects of the Sallins Case on the Breatnach family.
2 Million Hits * New York Festival Radio Award * Irish Music Rights Organisation Award * Law Society’s Justice Media Award.

At the Hands of the State

At the HANDS of the STATE

Faoi Lámha an Stáit

Subtitled TV documentary explaining why Amnesty International condemned Irish policing and unfair trials before the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

You can read all articles on the Sallins Case HERE

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