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Second World War: Pardons

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the Government of the Republic of Ireland regarding the possibility of issuing pardons to former members of the Irish Army who were court-martialled and had their right to state employment and benefits, including pensions, removed because they fought in the Crown forces during World War II.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

No representations have been made to the Government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the pardoning of former Irish soldiers who fought on the Allied side in the Second World War. This is a matter for the Irish Government and one to which the Irish Minister for Defence recently stated in the Dail that he was "giving active consideration". The Government are grateful for the contribution made by Irish service personnel during the Second World War. During the State Visit in May, Her Majesty The Queen and President McAleese laid wreaths together at the Irish War Memorial Gardens in memory of the Irish soldiers who died in the World Wars.

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