We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Gerard McKerr RTÉ

Gerard McKerr, one of the "Hooded Men", has died

Gerard McKerr was 71.

GERARD MCKERR, ONE of the “Hooded Men” whose treatment during interrogation in Northern Ireland in 1971 is subject to a case before the European Court of Human Rights, has died.

McKerr was 71 when he passed in the early hours of this morning. He is survived by his wife

The men have argued that their treatment at the hands of British authorities in the 1970s amounted to torture.

The 14 men were arrested during internment in 1971 and removed for special, so-called ‘in-depth interrogation’ where they were subjected to a “psychological attack” according to an army directive.

An original case saw Ireland take the UK to court alleging that it had breached the European Convention on Human Rights.

The ECHR decided in 1978 that five interrogation techniques inflicted on the men constituted inhuman and degrading treatment and were in breached the convention, but were not torture.

An RTÉ documentary last year prompted the government to bring another case.

Read: New evidence proves the UK tortured interned men during The Troubles, says Ireland

Read: Amal Clooney is joining the Hooded Men’s legal team

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.