IT doesn't do to be heartless, but unless I'm missing something, there is no compelling reason why men who deserted the Irish Army during World War Two should be pardoned. They were guilty of an offence that in some jurisdictions carries the death penalty; from that, one may conclude they got off rather lightly.
If they were guilty as charged -- and ascertaining a person was abroad when they should have been here is a very easy matter -- then they remain guilty. They made a choice; they have to accept the consequences.
Mount Brown, Dublin 8