Almost three quarters of a century after he was convicted of, and hanged for, the murder of Mary (Moll) McCarthy, the Government has announced that it will advise the President to issue a posthumous pardon for Harry Gleeson.
Read Erin McGuire in The Irish Times on How Harry Gleeson was wrongly hanged for murder in 1941.
Having reviewed the case, Shane Murphy SC, concluded that there were deficiencies in the conviction rendering it unsafe, as it was based on “unconvincing circumstantial evidence”, and the Government expressed its regret that a man was convicted and executed in circumstances now found to be unsafe.
Read the full statement from the Department of Justice & Equality here, in which the Government said that it “regrets that this decision leaves unresolved the brutal murder of Ms Mary McCarthy, whose children were deprived of their mother in terrible circumstances.”
The power to commute a sentence or issue a pardon is vested in the President under Article 13.6 of the Constitution. The President exercises that power on the advice of the Government.
Tipperary Star – 19th June 2009
The Irish Independent – 9th September 2013
The Irish Times – 10th January 2015
The Irish Innocence Project – 8th of February 2015
The Irish Times – 1st of April 2015
RTÉ News – 1st of April 2015
What happens if you’re imprisoned for a crime you didn’t commit – via TheJournal.ie – 5th April 2015
The Irish Independent – 6th April 2015