Willie Gallagher trial to be screened at Film Festival

A film based on the Diplock trial of leading Strabane republican socialist Willie Gallagher will be screened at the Belfast Film Festival next month.

‘The Legion Hall Bombing’ is based on transcripts of the trial of the then 18 year-old Mr Gallagher, now a leading figure in the IRSP. The British Legion Hall was badly damaged in the bomb attack in 1975.

It is a film version of a play which was broadcast on the BBC in the late 1970s but Mr Gallagher has never seen it because it he was on hunger strike in jail when it was screened.

However, he said he now plans to travel to Belfast for the festival screening. “The film may be of some historical significance but in my eyes the Diplock Court is still in existence and republicans are still going through that same system. It still exists today,” Mr Gallagher said.