Dramatic new TG4 series examines cases of Injustice in Ireland and how they were overturned on appeal begins tonight. Journalist Michelle Nic Phaidín examines each case from the point of view of those involved and the hard work and effort that went into the appeal process. She also asks how the journey of each case affected those involved and changed their lives forever.
At the heart of each story is a firsthand account of what happened. These personal journeys are supplemented by those close to the case – journalists, solicitors and neighbours all give expert testimony and personal perspective on how it happened, how it was put right and what it meant for the people involved.
Tonight the focus will be on the case of Michael Feichin Hannon. In 1997, 10 year old Úna Hardester accused Michael Feichín Hannon (22) of sexually assaulting her. Úna’s parents immediately complained to Gardaí and brought their daughter to Clifden District Hospital. Initial examinations that evening revealed no obvious evidence of a sexual assault.
In 2006, Una Hardester who was 20 years old at the time, returned to Ireland and retracted her statement by admitting that she had the fabricated the allegations. Hannon only found out about the retraction by chance. His sister encountered Hardester at a petrol station in Galway. Hannon contacted his solicitor, who got in touch with the local gardaí. They confirmed that Hardester had made a retraction.
In April 2009, Ten years after his original conviction, Mr Hannon’s name was cleared as he received a certificate of miscarriage of justice.
Be prepared for shock, surprise, and stirred up emotion as we put the spotlight on the systems that govern our society. This is a gripping series of human stories that tells what happens when justice isn’t served.