Official pardon long overdue for heroic court-martialled soldiers
Published 23/06/2011 | 05:00
I am the author of 'Spitting On A Soldier's Grave', a book that revealed the story of the 4,983 soldiers who deserted the Irish Army to fight against fascism during World War Two.
After the war, the Irish government illegally court-martialled these men, in absentia, without trial or the right of reply, contrary to all the rules of natural justice and the tenets of the Irish Constitution. The government publicly vilified these Irish soldiers for the 'crime' of fighting against the Nazis. They even court-martialled the dead men -- men like Joseph Mullally from Westmeath, who died on the beaches of Normandy liberating Europe on June 6, 1944.
Now, Peter Mulvany has started a public campaign to have these men pardoned. A petition will be launched outside Dail Eireann at midday on June 30.