Don’t air documentary plead bereaved family of Creeslough victims

The victims of the Creeslough explosion
The victims of the Creeslough explosion

THE family of two people who died in last year's Creeslough explosion in Co Donegal have requested that a documentary on the incident should not be broadcast tonight.

The documentary on the blast, which killed 10 people in October 2022, is due to air on TG4.

The family of Robert Garwe (50) and five-year-old daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe, have said it is "not acceptable" to air the documentary so soon after last year's explosion, which has been linked to a gas leak.

The brother of Mr Garwe's partner Áine Flanagan said TG4 should have considered airing it in six months' time.

Killian Flanagan told RTÉ’s Liveline that he has contacted TG4 and the gardaí to request that the programme does not air while an ongoing garda investigation is under way.

In the programme a butcher working in the service station at the time describes the scene as similar to "9/11 or the Omagh bomb".

Pádraig O’Donnell (51) also likened the blast aftermath to a "scene from a horror movie".

In a statement, TG4 told RTÉ that the aim of the programme was "to shine a light on the people of the area who assisted in the rescue at the scene of the explosion".

"It contains interviews with some of those who risked their own lives while bringing others to safety. They speak compassionately and sensitively about the roles they played helping others in the face of great adversity.

"The contributors wanted to express their gratitude at how an ordinary community came together at a time of great difficulty to try to assist their friends and neighbours

"Some of those who took part did so with the knowledge of some of those who lost loved ones. The programme shows the upmost respect for those who lost their lives."

Iniúchadh TG4 - An Craoslach is due to air on TG4 on Wednesday at 9.30pm.