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At the Hands of the State


Faoi Lámha an Stáit

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Subtitles are in English


In 1997, Amnesty International published a report condemning the government of the twenty-six counties for its stance on human rights.

The case of Osgur Breatnach was one of the cases they mentioned, a man who was unjustly convicted of the Sallins Train Robbery.

Over- concerned about events in the North, censorship through Section 31 was introduced; both republicans and Irish speakers were imprisoned, and the state turned against all things Gaeilic or Irish.

Conor Cruise- O’Brien, the retired Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (1973- 1977) admits suppressing information about police brutality.


Duration: 38.00

First broadcast: 2001

Parental rating: 16


Produced by TMI Productions TG4

Scun Scan Productions

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