Peter Pringle's About Time. Surviving Ireland's Death Row PDF

By Peter Pringle

ISBN-10: 0752491563

ISBN-13: 9780752491561

Law and justice will not be constantly one and an analogous. at the 27 November 1980, Peter Pringle waited in an Irish courtroom to listen to the next phrases: 'Peter Pringle, for the crime of capital homicide ... the legislation prescribes just one penalty, and that penalty is death.' the matter was once that Peter didn't devote this crime. dealing with a sentence of demise through placing, Peter sought the internal energy and backbone to outlive. whilst his sentence used to be replaced to 40 years with out remission he got down to turn out his innocence. Fifteen years later, he's eventually a loose guy. this can be his tale.

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Nor had I any time for the Blueshirts, as the Irish fascist organisation was called. Because of my interest in politics I was excited when Jack Murphy, a candidate for the unemployed, was elected to the Dáil (the Irish parliament). This was a cause of great hope for the unemployed and poor of Dublin. But as he was a lone voice in the Dáil, without backing or support or political experience, he seldom got a hearing. Rumours were spread that he was a communist and he became a subject of scorn in the media.

I respected the men who went to Spain to fight fascism and had no time at all for those who went to support Franco. Nor had I any time for the Blueshirts, as the Irish fascist organisation was called. Because of my interest in politics I was excited when Jack Murphy, a candidate for the unemployed, was elected to the Dáil (the Irish parliament). This was a cause of great hope for the unemployed and poor of Dublin. But as he was a lone voice in the Dáil, without backing or support or political experience, he seldom got a hearing.

Then he would look at our result and question us as to how we had resolved it. At the time, I did not really appreciate his wisdom. My Dad rented a bog on the Featherbeds, an area of the Dublin Mountains to the south of the city. He would go up there on Saturdays and Sundays and cut the turf. Sometimes he’d bring me with him, on the crossbar of his bicycle as far as Rathfarnham, where we would board a big turf lorry, bike and all, and be driven the rest of the way up to the Featherbeds. While Dad was cutting turf my job was ‘footing the turf’, stacking it in a special way so that the wind would dry it out.

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