Family of Creeslough victims ask TG4 not to air documentary 

The family of two Creeslough victims has asked TG4 not to air the documentary on the tragedy tomorrow night.

The documentary on the blast, which killed 10 people in October 2022, is due to air on TG4 tomorrow night (Wednesday).

Áine Flanagan’s partner Robert Garwe and daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe died during the explosion.


Ms Flanagan’s brother, Killian Flanagan, raised the issue on today’s RTÉ’s Live line.

He said he has contacted TG4 and the gardaí to request that the programme does not air while an ongoing garda investigation is under way.

He claimed that the families of the victims were not consulted about the programme, entitled ‘An Craoslach’.

He added that his sister found out from an online article on the Donegal Daily, and said she has not slept a wink since last Tuesday.

He said that the investigation into the disaster is a multi-agency investigation and Ms Flanagan is holding out for answers as to what happened and why it happened.

RTE reports that Mr Flanagan agreed that the community and first responders involved in the documentary are heroes, but “tomorrow night Áine and others will be forced to look at a one-hour documentary revisiting the worst chapter of their existence, and seeing and hearing things for the first time and it’s not acceptable”.

In response, TG4 said the documentary shows the outmost respect to those who lost their lives.


“The focus of the documentary ‘Iniúchadh TG4 – An Craoslach’ is to shine a light on the people of the area who assisted in the rescue at the scene of the explosion.

“Some of those who took part did so with the knowledge of some of those who lost loved ones.

“The programme shows the upmost respect for those who lost their lives.

“The programme does not report anything about the victims other than what has already been reported publicly in the direct aftermath of the tragedy.”



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