Thalidomide Ireland

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Why was the Irish State so reluctant to warn mothers of the danger?

In the Irish Times, June 14th 2016, Olivia O'Leary Writes "Every so often in journalism, you get a real sense of what Charlie Chaplin tried to portray in his film ‘Modern Times’: the struggle of the individual against the mighty and deadening power of industry and of hierarchy.

I got that in the radio documentary we did in 1972 on the Irish Thalidomide experience when Irish parents of thalidomide sufferers started to campaign for compensation. What we did was to help establish that the Irish government had to take their share of the blame. See the full article here and listen to the podcast (note : Olivia's podcast starts at 53 mins).

The Thalidomide Trial

On May 27th 1968, executives of Chemie-Grunenthal, the German company that made the drug thalidomide, went on trial charged with criminal negligence.It was one of the biggest pharmaceutical scandals of post-war Europe, and the trial would last more than two years.

This BBC radio documentarrecalls the period.

Attacking the Devil

A documentary on thalidomide that explores Harold Evans, who was the campaigning editor of The Sunday Times and his tireless work to expose the truth about thalidomide. It is now available on Netflix