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Thursday 14 December 2017

Pardon for Irish man hanged for murder 75 years ago

Review: Harry Gleeson
Review: Harry Gleeson
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

A man who was hanged for murder is to receive a pardon from the Government almost 75 years after his death.

Harry Gleeson was executed for killing Mary McCarthy, who was shot dead in Tipperary, in November, 1940.

Mr Gleeson will become the first recipient of a posthumous pardon from the State after the Government determined that his conviction was unsafe.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald will now advise President Michael D Higgins to exercise his right of pardon under Article 13.6 of the Constitution. Mr Gleeson was found guilty of the murder of his neighbour in February, 1941.

The farmer had discovered Mrs McCarthy's mutilated body in a remote spot on his uncle's farm near New Inn, Co Tipperary, the previous year.

He was sentenced to death and was executed in Mountjoy Prison in April, 1941, just two months after his conviction.

The Justice for Harry Gleeson group and The Innocence Project wrote to former Justice Minister Alan Shatter in 2012, who then ordered a case review.

Irish Independent

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