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Peter Mulvany says...Last WW2 Veteran to be Amnestied Dies
Saturday 02 April 2015: It is with regret to learn that 94 year old Phil Farrington died this morning in the care of the staff of Leopardstown Park Hospital, Foxrock, County Dublin. Phil who served at one time in the defence forces during the emergency, subsequently joined the British Army and was involved in the liberation of Belsen Concentration camp. Phil's story is well known having appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Programme 'The Disowned Army' and in various other newsmedia. Phil Farrington is the last survivor of those who were blacklisted in 1945 and amnestied by the Irish Government in 2013. May he rest in peace!
The Defence Forces (Second World War Amnesty and Immunity) Act (No 12) 2013, initiated by the Minister for Defence Mr Allan Shatter TD, on behalf of the Irish government, is an unprecedented, and historically significant piece of legislation, which exonerates members of the Irish defence forces who went AWOL (absent without leave) and joined UK or allied forces during world war two, and at the same time provides immunity from prosecution for others. Accompanied by an apology, this legislation comprehensively and unambiguously obliterates the imputation of guilt imposed by the post war Irish government on former blacklisted Irish defence force personnel. It effectively clears their name. http://www.irishseamensrelativesassociation.com
Mark Best says...Do you still have the old poppy badge, I bought some two years ago and some of my Branch members would like some more ?
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