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Statement by Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD, on the ruling regarding Ireland v UK (Hooded Men) case

Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Ireland, Press Releases, Europe, Great Britain, Ireland, Northern Ireland, 2018


The European Court of Human Rights today issued its judgment on the Government’s application for a revision of the ruling in the 1978 Ireland v UK (Hooded Men) case.

The ruling will be fully considered by the Government.

It is important to note that, although the Court dismissed the Government’s application for a revision, nothing in today’s judgment alters the Court’s original 1978 ruling that the men suffered inhuman and degrading treatment, in breach of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

My thoughts today are with the men who suffered this treatment, and who have had to deal with the long-lasting effects. I know that they will be understandably disappointed with this morning’s judgment.

I am due to meet the men in the coming weeks, and look forward to hearing their views.

Press Office
20 March 2018