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Insight: When Hospitals Kill
Some of Below the Radar’s key staff started their investigative TV journalism careers with “Insight”, UTV’s flagship weekly current affairs strand.

Films staff produced there include two Royal Television Society award-winners, subject-matter ranging from accountability for deaths in hospital; failings in the criminal justice system which allowed a killer to go free to kill again, police brutality, and transparency in the Civil Service.

Three children died in separate incidents in hospitals in Northern Ireland. All died of the same cause: they were killed by hospitals accidentally administering too much and the wrong type of intravenous fluid. This hour-long film, a UTV Insight special, exposed how the deaths were allowed to happen again and again and how one of them was deliberately covered up. It won UTV's first Royal Television Society award for current affairs, and also triggered a police enquiry and a public inquiry.

Royal Television Society
Royal Television Society National and Regional Current Affairs award 2003/2004

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Production for:
UTV

Transmission date:
21st October 2004

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Ruth O'ReillyRuth O'Reilly email

When a group of young people faced charges for a series of offences against police officers, it appeared to be yet another example of drunken public disorder at pub closing time. All protested their innocence – and maintained that the police had attacked them. Then amateur video footage surfaced in which police could be seen directing a startling level of aggression towards the young people concerned. This programme explored this incident and the issues it raises for policing and the attitude of the police which prevails when confronted with allegations of wrongdoing within their own ranks.

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Production for:
UTV

Transmission date:
27th June 2005

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Ruth O'ReillyRuth O'Reilly email

Northern Ireland's foremost satirist, Newton Emerson, cast his withering gaze over the Northern Ireland Civil Service, examining the power it exerts behind the ministers, the financial scandals it has been responsible for and the complete lack of consequences for the people at the top responsible for those scandals. His attempts to draw these personalities into the public eye were rebuffed - all requests for interviews were turned down; so he had to make do with cardboard cut-outs instead...

 

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Production for:
UTV

Transmission date:
6th March 2008

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Ruth O'ReillyRuth O'Reilly email

Gareth O'Connor stood accused of Real IRA activity when he disappeared back in 2003. His family blamed the Provisional IRA for his fate. This film traced O'Connor's final few month and the black economy he and many others in Northern Ireland operated in. It exposed the existence of a pyramid scheme O'Connor had invested in; his attempts to recover lost money - apparently intercepted and seized by the Provisionals; his confrontations with a leading Provisional IRA man in the area; and the revelation that O'Connor was spying on the Real IRA for police on both sides of the border.

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Production for:
UTV

Transmission date:
19th June 2003

For information on this programme please contact:

Ruth O'ReillyRuth O'Reilly email

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