RTÉ to show an excellent and controversial documentary on The Troubles 1 year ago

RTÉ to show an excellent and controversial documentary on The Troubles

The Emmy-nominated documentary will be shown on RTÉ One. Don't miss it.

On 18 June 1994, members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group, burst into a pub in Loughinisland, County Down, and fired on those in attendance.


Six people were killed and five others were injured. The attack on the mainly-Catholic patrons of the pub coincided with the Republic of Ireland's opening match against Italy in the 1994 World Cup.

Throughout the course of Alex Gibney's powerful documentary, No Stone Unturned, it's abundantly clear that this small community was neither pro-Catholic or Protestant, it was just a community. Like so many places in the six counties, Loughinisland wanted no part of the sectarian violence that unfolded in The Heights Bar on that horrific night.

Ultimately, the UVF claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that it was retaliation for the killing of three UVF members by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

A few months ago, the documentary was made available to watch for free on Amazon but at the time of its initial release, Gibney's feature received massive acclaim.

Since then, the documentary was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Investigative Documentary.

Gibney dedicated the nomination to the memory of those innocent people that were killed on that horrific night.


As stated previously, the documentary was thrust into the spotlight again after two investigative journalists who worked on the film, Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, were detained over the suspected theft of confidential documents relating to the killings.

In May of this year, three appeal judges at the High Court in Belfast quashed warrants for the arrest of Mr Birney and Mr McCaffrey, arising from their work on the documentary.


Speaking about RTÉ's decision to air No Stone Unturned, Trevor Birney has said: “This is a very significant moment for this film not just for everyone involved in the production but for the families of those murdered in the Loughinisland massacre, who have campaigned for truth for over 25-years. We thank everyone at RTÈ who have shown faith in our journalism.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney produced No Stone Unturned and after hearing the news that his colleagues were arrested, he said that he "approached this subject as a crime story, not a sectarian tale."


In terms of its aesthetic approach, as Variety said in their review: "His movie is a detective story that investigates the truth of what happened: Who, exactly, were the gunmen? And why, for years, did the crime remain unsolved? Gibney, like many observers, alleges a cover-up, one that reaches to the highest levels of the British government, and he offers convincing evidence."

The documentary, which was released last year, cites evidence of blunders, coverups, and collusion between the police and the UVF killers.


Having watched No Stone Unturned, there will be only two words that will be on your mind as the final credits roll, collusion and informants.

The Emmy Award nominated No Stone Unturned will air on RTÉ One on Wednesday, 2 October at 9.35pm.

Here's a look at what's in store along with the reactions of some viewers when they saw the documentary last year.

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