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.

22nd January, 2012
Desertion in a dark hour can never be justified
`The central fact of the matter is that these men abandoned their country in one of its hours of greatest need, for a variety of reasons'.

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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