So the News and Current Affairs Department of RTÉ, our self-proclaimed “national broadcaster” (no sniggering, please), has suddenly become aware that there were two sides to the conflict that raged in the north-eastern part of our island-nation during the 1970s, ‘80s and 1990s. Yes, the war wasn’t solely caused by Irish Republicans (actually it truly began with British soldiers-turned-terrorists back in 1966) and the British Armed Forces participated in it too (y’know, the same ones we used to shoot at during the War of Independence when they patrolled the streets of Dublin and Cork – and Belfast and Derry). RTÉ’s much-hyped documentary broadcast last night revealed the levels of government-authorised torture inflicted by Britain on Irish citizens living in the fifth of our country retained under the British Occupation following the 1916-21 revolution (y’know, the one that was staged and fought on the streets of Dublin and Cork – and Belfast and Derry). The programme was titled “The Torture Files” and the horrifying stories contained within were presented as if something startlingly new and unbeknown to the people of Ireland (except, y’know, the fifth of our population forced to live under the British Occupation despite having supported the same historic struggle fought on the streets of Dublin and Cork – and Belfast and Derry).
Of course the revelations were anything but new or unbeknown. If fact they were widely reported for decades though you might have missed all that if you had relied on RTÉ for such information any time between 1968 and 1998 (or even 2014!). God be with the days when the apparatchiks of the Workers Party controlled the news and current affairs output at Montrose, when state censorship was second to ideological censorship enforced with an iron fist by a closed coterie of journalists and editors. They all thought the same, they all talked the same. Though of course that is not too hard when most of them were screwing each other too (one way or another). Ah, wine and coke parties in Dublin 4; look at us with our beards, our manifestos, our white lines and our ABBA albums too. Fun, fun, fun in the know-nothing sun (of the empire upon which it never sets… ahem).
Here at An Sionnach Fionn, gadfly of the establishment, such items of historical enquiry have been a regular feature for the last three years. Again and again accusations have been levelled, proof has been offered, yet the critics cry: oh no, that cannot be true, it would simply be too dreadful a vista to contemplate…
Yet it was and is true. All of it.
So here are some select highlights from the campaign for truth waged by one lonely blog against the closed face of Irish media denial:
From Ireland To Iraq – The Same Army, The Same Abusers
Former British Agent Admits Irish Citizens Were Waterboarded
The Murder Machine – The British War In Ireland
Pat Finucane – A Victim Of Britain’s State-Sponsored Terrorism In Ireland
Death Squad Britain – The Past That Won’t Stay Hidden
Ulster Resistance – Unapologetic British Terrorism In Ireland
The Truth About Ireland’s British Troubles
Death Squad Killers In The Land Down Under
No Investigation Into A 1971 British War Crime In Ireland
any chance of a youtube video of the programme “the Torture Files” for those of us residing in the rest of the world?
I will have a look. If people wish to watch outside of Ireland (26 Cos) try this app for your Chrome browser: Hola Better Internet. I use it all the time. It can be buggy but when it works it is good. You use it to mask your location. So if you wish to watch the programme on the RTÉ player set your location as Ireland. You are then watching through an Irish-based server/proxy even if you are outside the state.