WATCH: RTE documentary to feature murder of Moy SDLP man Denis Mullen

The murder of SDLP activist and father-of-two Denis Mullen in Moy in the 1970s, will be among those featured in a RTE programme on loyalist and security force collusion, due to be broadcast on Monday night 15 June.

‘Collusion’ is a special feature length television documentary commissioned and funded by RTÉ.

Denise Mullen in the arms of her mother at the funeral of her father, Denis, who was shot dead by loyalists in the 1970s. High-profile figures from the SDLP, including Gerry Fitt and Austin Currie, were also in attendance.

Denise Mullen in the arms of her mother at the funeral of her father, Denis, who was shot dead by loyalists in the 1970s. High-profile figures from the SDLP, including Gerry Fitt and Austin Currie, were also in attendance.

In a first television interview, a member of the gang linked to the Dublin Monaghan bombs and many other atrocities reveals that their intent was to foment a civil war – and in that event, they were confident they could “crush the other side”.

Taoisigh Jack Lynch and Liam Cosgrave were met with flat denials when they raised collusion with their British counterparts. The film will reveal that the British were well aware of it. As one British Army general even says in a secret memo it “may be necessary to turn a blind eye to UDA arms”.

Supported by archive evidence and interviews with senior Irish and British officials of the period, the film reveals that the British Army decided early on it could not fight a war on two fronts and concentrated its efforts on “destroying” the Provisional IRA, while at the same saying publicly it was dealing with the conflict in an even handed way.

The film will also reveal that a new collusion investigation has been launched into 19 other linked killings and a former British security minister admits that the scale of collusion was much greater than he imagined.

Collusion will be broadcast this Monday on RTÉ ONE at 9.35pm.