Executed: Thomas Harte and Patrick McGrath.

Eighty years ago this week, a barely remembered event in the history of law and order within the Irish state occurred, yet the significance of it cann(...)

 IRA men Peter Barnes and James McCormack were hanged for their part in a bomb in Coventry in 1939 that killed five civilians.   Éamon de Valera’s Fianna Fáil government appealed for clemency but would execute six IRA men during the second World War. Photograph: Getty Images

The second World War was a conflict that claimed tens of millions of lives worldwide. Although Ireland adopted a neutral stance during the war, it wou(...)