In 2012 Mayo woman Maureen Kearney was brutally attacked in her home in the suburbs of Paris and was left tied to a chair with the chilling message - "this is your second warning, there will be no third".

But when she reported the attack to the police, she was accused of making it up or staging the attack herself.

Maureen was a trade unionist in a French nuclear engineering company. France are world leaders in nuclear power and the nuclear industry is notoriously secretive.

Maureen learned of a deal between China and France which would transfer sensitive nuclear technology and threaten thousands of jobs. Along with her union, she campaigned to have the details of the deal revealed but faced hostility - powerful people did not want the deal scrutinised.

Maureen started to receive threatening phone calls. Her family noticed mysterious cars following them. And then one day a man came into her house and violently attacked her. She believes she was attacked to silence her.

This attack would change Maureen's life and leave her seriously traumatised. The subsequent police investigation and court case would traumatise her even further.

This is Maureen's story, a story of secrets and lies, of violence, of courage in the face of enormous adversity and most of all it is a story of one woman's resilience.

Narrated by Róisín O'Dea.

Produced by Róisín O'Dea and Nicoline Greer.

Sound Supervision by Peadar Carney.

Additional recordings by Sharon Gaffney and Anouk Batard.

Additional research by Stephen Carroll.

Special thanks to Diarmuid Hayes who brought Maureen's story to our attention.

The book La Syndicaliste is by Caroline Michel Aguirre.

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First broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 - Saturday 09th October, 2021 at 2pm

Repeated on RTÉ Radio 1 - Sunday 10th October, 2021 at 6pm

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