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Three of the Sallins Men, Brian McNally, Nicky Kelly and Osgur Breatnach, in 1993 after the State refused to further represent the Gardai who were being sued in the case. However, the State went on to fully fund the Garda defence and refused to hold a public inquiry.

Claims that the Irish Gov is involved in corruption by not holding a statutory inquiry into the State’s involvement in the cover-up of the Sallins Case tortures and frame-up is going before the UN, supported by all Irish human rights organisations (Amnesty International (AI), the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC) and the Committee for the Administration of Justice (CAJ).

An official 100 page complaint to the United Nations by international lawyers KRW LAW claims up to eighteen breaches of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in particular against the International Convention Against Torture by the Irish State.

Osgur Breatnach, on the behalf of the Sallins Men, is Petitioning the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) to hold an official inquiry into their treatment by the State since 1976 because opf the refusal of the Irish State to do so.

Despite being obligated by the Convention to hold such an impartial public inquiry successive Irish Governments have refused to do so.

Neither time delay, not State payment of compensation removes the ongoing requirement to hold an impartial inquiry.

Article 1

For the purposes of this Convention, the term “torture” means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity…


Art 2: Entitlement to rights without distinction on the basis of political opinion.

Art 3: Right to life, liberty and security.

Art 5: Freedom from torture inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Art 7: Discrimination before the law

Art 8. Effective remedy

Art 9: Arbitrary arrest/detention

Art 10: Fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal    

Art 11: Presumption of innocence

Art 12: Interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks                   upon his honour and reputation.

Art 13: Freedom of movement

Art 16: Protection of the family

Art 18: The right to freedom of thought, conscience

Art 19: Freedom of opinion and expression

Art 20: Freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

Art 21: Taking part in government

Art 22: Free development of personality

Art 23: Right to work

Art 28: Denial of social order

Art 29: Full development of personality inhibited.


KRW-LAW have been cited by the world-renowned guide to the legal profession, Chambers and Partners, who identify the world’s top lawyers in 175 countries and ranked in their top band. 

KRW LAW LLP (KRW) have been instructed in some of the most significant and high profile cases in Ireland such as the Hooded Men, Ballymurphy Massacre, Birmingham Bombing families, Dana defamation cases, forced adoptions in the Mother and Baby controversies and other legacy issues.

They are also involved in human rights cases across the globe, assisting the Indian Sikh Federation to obtain an inquiry into the June 1984 Massacre of Sikhs at The Golden Temple Amritsar and have advised the Scottish lawyers of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the Libyan convicted for involvement in the Lockerbie Bombings, and also to the English lawyers of the family of Madeleine McCann.


RTE’s three part series on the Garda Heavy Gang, Crimes & Confessions, is getting top ratings. The first shocking programme on the Una Lynskey case  topped 33% of viewers. The programmes expose the State’s criminality in policing.

The second programme on the Sallins Case is tipped to be higher.

The Gov remains silent on the widespread demands for a public inquiry. The Garda Commissioner has appologied to Martin Conmey who was tortured by gardai, falsely accused and jailed for  three years before he was released. The Commissioner ignored the role of the Heavy Gang in his appology.

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