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RTÉ postpone Glenanne Gang film broadcast

Film maker Sean Murray
Connla Young

RTÉ has postponed the screening of a documentary about the activities of the Glenanne Gang.

The loyalist murder squad, which included members of the RUC, UDR and UVF, was responsible for more than 100 sectarian killings during the Troubles.

The activities of the gang feature in a documentary, Unquiet Graves – the Story of the Glenanne Gang', which was due to be broadcast by RTÉ last night.

The highly acclaimed documentary, has been shown at venues across Northern Ireland in recent months.

The feature-length documentary is narrated by Belfast-born Oscar-nominated actor Stephen Rea.

Among the allegations is a claim by a former RUC officer that British intelligence tried to persuade the UVF to attack a Catholic primary school in Co Armagh in retaliation for the killing of 10 Protestant men at Kingsmill in south Armagh, in January 1976.

Film maker Sean Murray, who directed the documentary, said on Twitter that the screening had been postponed “due to minor broadcast issues” and that “we don't have a date yet for re-schedule”.

Paul O'Connor from the Pat Finucane Centre, which works with the relatives of many of those killed, said: “We are being told that it is merely a postponement. We hope this is the case and we are waiting for a new date to be set by RTE.”

A spokeswoman for RTÉ said: “There has been a change to the transmission schedule and Unquiet Graves has been delayed.

"The new air date is still to be confirmed."

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