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‘Disappeared’ was just disappointing

I watched The Disappeared on RTÉ. I expected major information about those who are missing or those whose bodies have been recovered. But, alas, that was not the case.

There was a Jerry Springer aspect to what was a mini show trial to find someone guilty. Presenter Darragh McIntyre did not explain the horrific nature of the times that were.

It was war: shootings and bombings were a 24-hour occurrence. British intelligence used and abused agents, like Freddie Scapaticci and Denis Donaldson, to carry out legalised murder. Agents spread false stories through the Republican grapevine to point fingers of suspicion, resulting in the deaths of innocent people.

Gerry Adams has been trying to set up a truth commission where all sides can lay their sins bare and start healing. The stumbling block is not former members of the Republican movement. Lips are sealed because of the Northern Ireland office, M15 and No 10 Downing street. It is simplistic to cajole information from Adams, who is doing his utmost to provide all the information he can to give relatives a body to mourn. There was nothing new in this documentary, apart from the fact that little has changed in appropriating blame — a fall guy is badly needed by both governments, and who better than the Sinn Féin president?

McIntyre has the angling of the camera down to a tee — putting himself into the frame, almost posing as an Anglicised version of God.

He may as well stand out on the pitch with two other Anglicised versions of Irishmen, Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane (the new managers of the Irish soccer team), who proudly wore an emblem that commemorates all British soldiers killed in all conflicts.

That includes those who gunned down distraught innocent people on both Bloody Sundays, in Croke Park and in Derry. The gang who butchered the Miami Showband also wore British uniforms, so fair play for wearing the poppy. There will be many turning in their graves.

J Woods
Gort an Choirce
Dun na nGall


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