So closes thankfully a shameful chapter in this state's history.
The vilification of those who went to fight a very serious threat to this country was disgusting.
I have no problem with issuing a pardon to those men who committed the crime of desertion from their own country's armed forces 70 years ago. By which I mean an official rubber stamping of the de facto situation that those surviving are not going to be prosecuted in their feeble dotage for something that happened a long time ago.
As if they ever were.
But Minister Shatter is going too far in trying to rewrite history by "apologising" for the actions of his predecessors in government during the War Years and immediately afterwards. As he has done in this case and earlier ones.
There is nothing for us to be ashamed about with regard to our general policy of neutrality in the war. We were right. Dev was right. He not only did the expedient thing; he did the right moral thing.
And I say that as somebody who has never and will never vote Fianna Fail.
Credit where it is due.