Monday, May 22, 2006

Richard McIlkenny has died

I met Richard McIlkenny in the early 1990's and you could not wish to meet a quieter, nicer, more humble man anywhere. The notion that he was a member of a gang of terrorists who had blown up two pubs full of innocent people was instantly ridiculous, and the people who tortured and terrorised a confession out of him, and the prison officers who brutalised him over the years, must have known that. Richard died aged 73 at the weekend, but the British state turned 16 years of his life into a nightmare.

Richard McIlkenny after been 'taken in for questioning'