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The Death Penalty and Ireland

November 17, 2009 3 comments

The former President of the High Court, Mr. Justice Richard Johnson has called for the Irish constitutional ban on the death penalty to be “reconsidered”. This follows on from recent debate in the U.K. (See Pádraig’s post on this here) and also from Channel 4’s recent documentary, The Execution of Gary Glitter. Article 15.5.2 of Bunreacht na hEireann prohibits the Irish parliament from “…enacting any law providing for the imposition of the death penalty.” No person has been judicially executed since 1954 (see here), although it was possible for executions to take place for certain offences until 1990, and a number of persons had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment. Read more…