On the Finné documentary strand on TG4.
George Stagg looks back at the government’s bizarre role in the funeral of his brother hunger striker Frank Stagg.
Frank died in 1976 after a 62-day hunger strike in Wakefield prison in Yorkshire, England where he had been serving a ten year sentence for a Republican-related arson.
His coffin was taken from the family at Shannon Airport to avoid a ‘military-style’ funeral prompting an Irish Army presence (top) and Garda baton charges at a subsequent ceremony in Leigue Cemetery in Ballina, County Mayo.
Finné on TG4 tomorrow at 9.30pm.
Thanks Paddy Hayes