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RTE Prime Time - Ireland and the Arms Trade

At the time of the Omagh bombing, the Irish and British Prime Ministers pronounced that they would not rest until the perpetrators had been caught. Ten years on and with a failed trial for the 29 murders in the north of Ireland and a faltering case of conspiracy against another man in the Republic, relatives of some of the victims went to court themselves – suing the men they claimed were to blame. This film showed how the families had been promised support from authorities in the south to help make their action a success, but only days from the trial nothing had happened.

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Production for:
RTE Prime Time

Transmission date:
25th March 2008

For information on this programme please contact:

Ruth O'ReillyRuth O'Reilly email

For three years there had been intense speculation about why the discovery of semen on the hand of Robert Holohan - whose body was found concealed on a beach - had not been shared with the jury which tried his killer, Wayne O'Donoghue. Brining in the expertise of three American forensic scientists, this film unraveled, firstly, the limited reliability of the DNA fingerprinting technique which initially identified the semen as belonging to O'Donoghue, and, secondly, their unanimous conclusion that the matter had got onto Robert's hand not from direct sexual contact, but from contact with a semen-stained bathmat.

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Production for:
RTE Prime Time

Transmission date:
15th January 2008

For information on this programme please contact:

Ruth O'ReillyRuth O'Reilly email

An investigation for RTE’s Prime Time into the extent of the growing arms trade in Ireland. Highlighting how legislation aimed at keeping the trade in check is inadequate, the report reveals the true scale of Ireland’s involvement and exposes the reality of Ireland’s neutrality.

 

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Production for:
RTE Prime Time

Transmission date:
13th December 2007

For information on this programme please contact:

Michael FanningMichael Fanning email

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