Ireland is found guilty of the violation of human rights against one of its citizens, Josie (Johanna) Airey.

Cork woman Josie Airey became a household name when she took the Irish government to the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg having failed to get legal aid. Josie had been unable to obtain a legal separation from her violent husband because she couldn't afford the legal fees. Supported by the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) and represented by Mary Robinson, Josie won her case.

In this interview for the programme 'Frontline' Josie talks about the circumstances leading up to her separation and the legal and financial obstacles she faced.

At the time the Irish State only supplied legal aid to those accused of crimes.

Maureen Black (Citizen's Advice Bureau, Cork) also comments on the plight of many women in the same or similar situation to Josie.

A ‘Frontline’ report by Colum Kenny broadcast on 2 April, 1979. 'Frontline' was a twice weekly current affairs programme.

Josie Airey