The Government has lodged an application with the European Court of Human Rights for a revision of its landmark judgment in the Ireland v United Kingdom state case.

The application arose after new evidence in an RTÉ Investigations Unit documentary broadcast in June revealed British National Archive documents showing a political decision had been taken at cabinet level to use torture methods during internment operations in 1971.

14 so-called ‘Hooded Men’ had been subjected to extreme interrogation techniques which the ECHR found in 1978 to be inhumane and degrading treatment, but not torture.

The judgment set legal precedent for international law on torture.

The deadline for seeking a revised judgment was today, six months after the new facts emerged in the RTÉ broadcast.

Ireland's application was completed and signed off today and lodged with the ECHR tonight.