A good move this morning and long overdue:
Shatter finally brings in amnesty for deserters who fought Nazis - Independent.ie
Hopefully this will go some way to remove the stain placed on these brave men's reputations by the State and help the families get some closure. It's really pretty shocking that it's taken this long to pass a pretty simple piece of legislation.THOUSANDS of Irish soldiers who deserted the Defence Forces during World War II to fight on the Allied side against the Germans will receive an official amnesty and apology from the Government this afternoon.
The bill, which was introduced by Justice and Defence Minister Alan Shatter, provides for the granting of an amnesty and apology to troops who went absent without leave during the war and joined the Allies to fight the Nazis.