George Stagg recounts how the government
took control of his brother’s burial
Repeats Friday @ 11.10pm
Inspired by recent Netflix-style documentaries, Finné is a home-grown documentary series commissioned by TG4 featuring the human side of big Irish stories that have made the headlines over the past 50 years. Filmed over 12 months by Galway’s Magamedia and presented by RTÉ’s courts correspondent, Orla O’Donnell, Finné revisits gross miscarriages of justice that have taken place in Ireland in the recent past.
When hunger striker Frank Stagg died in Wakefield prison in 1976, the Irish government were determined that he would not be made a martyr by the republican movement. After his death, Frank’s brother George was to accompany the coffin to Dublin airport where he was then to be transported for burial in the republican plot in Ballina in Mayo. But the government re-directed the plane to Shannon and took control of his brother’s burial. George Stagg recounts these events and how he subsequently tried to re-inter his brother in the republican plot.