A pardon for Irish soldiers


Sir, – The Government’s decision to offer a “pardon and amnesty” to men who fought to save Ireland from fascism in the second World War (Home News, June 13th) is long overdue, but welcome nonetheless.

My grandfather was wounded at the Somme alongside neighbours from Donegal and my father was wounded at the Battle of the Rhine alongside men from the Free State.

Together they contributed to a peaceful Europe where small states enjoy security. This must not be forgotten. – Yours, etc,


Clifton Road,


Co Down.

A chara, – The Government is apologising to men who deserted the Defence Forces of this State. It is irrelevant what they did after this act. I have no issue with forgiving them, but this is a bridge too far. – Is mise,


John’s Court,

Birr, Co Offaly.