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Capital Punishment in Independent Ireland: A Social, Legal and Political History

David M. Doyle and Liam O'Callaghan


This is a comprehensive and nuanced historical survey of the death penalty in Ireland from the immediate post-Civil War period through to its complete abolition. Using original archival material, this book sheds light on the various social, legal and political contexts in which the death penalty operated and was discussed. In Ireland the death penalty served a dual function: as an instrument of punishment in the civilian criminal justice system, and as a weapon to combat periodic threats to the security of the state posed by the IRA. In closely examining cases dealt with in the ordinary crimin ... More

Keywords: capital punishment, independent Ireland, post-civil war Ireland, crime and punishment, political crime, criminal courts, class, gender, sanity, abolition of capital punishment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620276
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Doyle, author

Liam O'Callaghan, author