Edit: the latest on this family's story is told by Kathy Sheridan in the Weekend Section of the Irish Times August 21, 2010. As the political squabbling over the Michael Collins commemoration absorbs some of our politicians and their acolytes perhaps they might stop and ask if Michael Collins' memory might be better served by helping the living members of another Collins family to recover a life of dignity and peace.
Thread title has been amended.
Roy Collins was a victim of Ireland's continued toleration of the death penalty. His family is unusual but not unique in standing up proudly and having enough faith in our justice system to expect it would protect them.
Officially Ireland as a State has signed up to various treaties that say we should abolish the death penalty. So the State does not directly put anyone to death. But many Irish people impose a death penalty on people who cross them as if they can act with impunity. They seem to be beyond the reach of the law.
Why do we in reality tolerate the death penalty being imposed on our fellow citizens by others of our fellow citizens?
Link to Prime Time report on family living under threat of more assassinations
Can we not reclaim our freedom?