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Capital Punishment in Independent IrelandA Social, Legal and Political History$
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David M. Doyle and Liam O'Callaghan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620276

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620276.001.0001

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Conclusion: Ireland as a Mainstream Abolitionist Country

Conclusion: Ireland as a Mainstream Abolitionist Country

(p.245) Conclusion: Ireland as a Mainstream Abolitionist Country
Capital Punishment in Independent Ireland

David M. Doyle

Liam O’Callaghan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter concludes the book by examining, first, the complete abolition of the death penalty through the Criminal Justice Act 1990 and, second, the constitutional prohibition of the death penalty by referendum in 2001. In so doing Ireland signalled position as a mainstream abolitionist state, one committed, along with fellow European union members, to oppose capital punishment internationally. The chapter concludes by considering why the death penalty was not a source of public or political controversy in Ireland.

Keywords:   Criminal Justice Act 1990, abolition of capital punishment, European Union

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