Hooded Men book relaunched after 41 years

Fr Raymond Murray pictured with some of the 'Hooded Men' at the relaunch of his book
Connla Young

A book first published 40 years ago which revealed the treatment suffered by the 'Hooded Men' has been re-launched.

The Hooded Men was first published in 1974 by campaigning Catholic priests Fr Raymond Murray and Fr Denis Faul.

Fr Murray spoke at the launch of the book, which was attended by several of the men who gave personal accounts of their ordeal.

Limited edition copies have been reproduced to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Sean McKenna, who died from a heart attack in 1975 aged 45.

He was one of 14 Catholic men who claim they were tortured by the British government after the introduction of internment in 1971.

Their treatment included being forced to listen to loud static noise and deprived of sleep, food and water, as well as having to stand in stress positions and being beaten if they fell.

Some of the men were also thrown from helicopters they were told were hundreds of feet in the air despite being just feet from the ground.

During the launch, hosted by the James Connolly 1916 Society in Monaghan on Saturday, Fr Murray spoke about his work to highlight human rights abuses in the north in the 1970s.

He said the men continue to seek answers.

“We are still seeking justice to this day for all kinds of brutality,” he said.


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