The Death Penalty in Post-Independence Ireland
|Title:||The Death Penalty in Post-Independence Ireland||Authors:||Doyle, David
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6276||Date:||Mar-2012||Abstract:||The history of capital punishment in post-Independence Ireland has received scant scholarly attention. This essay is an attempt to set out what can be learned about the executed persons, the executioners, and the politicians whose inaction (not reforming the law) and actions (deciding against clemency) brought the two former groups together. The death penalty was deployed strategically against IRA members during the early 1940s as part of a package of legal measures designed to crush subversive activity, but more usually its targets were murderers whose acts had no wider ramifications. One notable aspect of the Irish arrangements was that when a prisoner was to be taken to the gallows an English hangman was always contracted to arrange the 'drop'. Reflecting popular antipathy towards the practice the Irish state was unable to find a willing executioner within its borders.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Taylor and Francis||Copyright (published version):||2012 Taylor and Francis||Keywords:||Capital punishment;Ireland||DOI:||10.1080/01440365.2012.661141||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Law Research Collection|
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