Desertion in a dark hour can never be justified
There must be recognition that the desertion of 5,000 Irish soldiers to Britain during World War II was wrong, writes Tom McGurk.
I don't know of any other country in the world where thousands of men recruited to the army in a time of national emergency, and who then deserted to join a foreign army, would be seen as 'victims' or even 'heroes'.
Recently, a campaign was launched seeking a government pardon for some 5,000 members of the Irish Defence Forces who deserted during World War II. Many joined the British Army and others just emigrated to...
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