Friday 23 March 2018

Relatives angry as pardon for Gleeson 'bears wrong name'

Henry Gleeson. Collins Press
Henry Gleeson. Collins Press
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A grand-nephew of Henry Gleeson has branded it "nothing short of a disgrace" that a posthumous pardon signed by President Michael D Higgins "bears the wrong name".

Henry Gleeson, known widely as Harry, was the first person to receive a posthumous pardon by the State after he was wrongly hanged in 1941 for a murder he did not commit.

Mr Higgins signed a posthumous pardon for Mr Gleeson before Christmas and it is due to be presented to members of the Gleeson family today.

However, Mr Gleeson's nephew, Vincent Phelan, said some members of the family did not want the ceremony to go ahead with the signed decree as they claimed the pardon was in the name of Harry Gleeson, when he had been "tried, charged and convicted in the proper legal name of Henry Gleeson".

"The pardon is not in his correct name. You cannot pardon a non-entity," said Mr Phelan.

Irish Independent

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