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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7627280.stm

    Should be interesting and could have political impacts considering one of the prison breakers is after policing and justice powers.
    Monday night BBC.

    A Maze prison officer at the time of the 1983 IRA mass jailbreak tells his side of the story for the first time in a new BBC Northern Ireland documentary.

    Thirty-eight prisoners broke out in the biggest prison escape in British penal history.

    Half of them were recaptured within two days, but 19 made it to the Republic of Ireland and four eventually got as far as the United States. One prisoner has never been seen or heard of again.


    The programme reveals how inmates' strategy to get close to prison staff included conforming to demands, making cups of tea and helping out with crosswords.

    The intention was to create the conditions which allowed the inmates to capture the prison food lorry in preparation for driving out the front gate.

    The programme also describes how one group of prisoners lived under floorboards in a 'safe house' for two weeks before escaping across the border.
    Producer Michael Beattie said the escape remains a controversial subject even after 25 years.

    "It's difficult to make a documentary that everyone will be happy with," he said.

    "At one level, it's a ripping yarn to stand alongside other escape stories.

    "But it also left James Ferris dead, John Adams shot in the face, and Campbell Courtney shot in the leg. Many other officers were stabbed as well."
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    Quote Originally Posted by st333ve
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7627280.stm

    Should be interesting and could have political impacts considering one of the prison breakers is after policing and justice powers.
    Monday night BBC.

    A Maze prison officer at the time of the 1983 IRA mass jailbreak tells his side of the story for the first time in a new BBC Northern Ireland documentary.

    Thirty-eight prisoners broke out in the biggest prison escape in British penal history.

    Half of them were recaptured within two days, but 19 made it to the Republic of Ireland and four eventually got as far as the United States. One prisoner has never been seen or heard of again.


    The programme reveals how inmates' strategy to get close to prison staff included conforming to demands, making cups of tea and helping out with crosswords.

    The intention was to create the conditions which allowed the inmates to capture the prison food lorry in preparation for driving out the front gate.

    The programme also describes how one group of prisoners lived under floorboards in a 'safe house' for two weeks before escaping across the border.
    Producer Michael Beattie said the escape remains a controversial subject even after 25 years.

    "It's difficult to make a documentary that everyone will be happy with," he said.

    "At one level, it's a ripping yarn to stand alongside other escape stories.

    "But it also left James Ferris dead, John Adams shot in the face, and Campbell Courtney shot in the leg. Many other officers were stabbed as well."
    It certainly was a major boost to Republican Morale at the time and won a lot of admiration at the time from different quarters even if they couldn't express it openly.

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    What did it gain them ?? Nothing 30yrs and they haven't gained an inch
    Time for change !!

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    "But it also left James Ferris dead, John Adams shot in the face, and Campbell Courtney shot in the leg. Many other officers were stabbed as well."
    And?

    That hardly compares to the suffering endured by Republican POWs and political prisoners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarek
    "But it also left James Ferris dead, John Adams shot in the face, and Campbell Courtney shot in the leg. Many other officers were stabbed as well."
    And?

    That hardly compares to the suffering endured by Republican POWs and political prisoners.
    Good to see that you dismiss the murder of someone doing their job so lightly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aindriu
    Quote Originally Posted by Sarek
    "But it also left James Ferris dead, John Adams shot in the face, and Campbell Courtney shot in the leg. Many other officers were stabbed as well."
    And?

    That hardly compares to the suffering endured by Republican POWs and political prisoners.
    Good to see that you dismiss the murder of someone doing their job so lightly
    Would you feel the same way about the murder of Reihardt Heifrich on his way to work by British-directed Czech resistance fighters? No doubt they would bare the blame for the tit-for-tat retaliation meeted out by Heidrich's colleagues against Czech civilians.
    The prison officers were given the opportunity to surrender, the IRA escapees wanted to get out with the minimum of hassle in the minimum time and conflict with prison officers was obviously not part of the plan. Injuries sustained by prison staff were a result of their own belligerant hatred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by múscailte
    Quote Originally Posted by Aindriu
    Quote Originally Posted by Sarek
    "But it also left James Ferris dead, John Adams shot in the face, and Campbell Courtney shot in the leg. Many other officers were stabbed as well."
    And?

    That hardly compares to the suffering endured by Republican POWs and political prisoners.
    Good to see that you dismiss the murder of someone doing their job so lightly
    Would you feel the same way about the murder of Reihardt Heifrich on his way to work by British-directed Czech resistance fighters? No doubt they would bare the blame for the tit-for-tat retaliation meeted out by Heidrich's colleagues against Czech civilians.
    The prison officers were given the opportunity to surrender, the IRA escapees wanted to get out with the minimum of hassle in the minimum time and conflict with prison officers was obviously not part of the plan. Injuries sustained by prison staff were a result of their own belligerant hatred.
    They were doing their job! It was their job to keep the prison secure and prisoners detained just the same as they do in any other prison. There is also a huge difference between Heidrich and the PO that was murdered FFS!
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    Aindriu wrote
    They were doing their job! It was their job to keep the prison secure and prisoners detained just the same as they do in any other prison. There is also a huge difference between Heidrich and the PO that was murdered FFS!
    The SS said the same in Autwitz .Political prisoners have a right to escape and they clearly told the prison officers what their intentions were and what would happen if they they tried to stop them.The prison officers decided to try and stop them which resulted in one of them being killed.
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    Wasn't the escape from Kilkenny Jail during the War of Independence the largest from a UK jail?
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    It was a cracking, first class operation that has to be admired. The audacity and bravery of the prisoners did earn them a lot of respect and the three spokespersons (escapees) gave a good account of themselves.

    Amazing to think that these men are dismissed as sell outs and traitors by the keyboard warriors who infest this site. You know, the type who can't build a bonfire in Ballymena without getting themselves arrested.

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