Sentenced to Death
By Colm Wallace
Between 1922 and 1990, a huge number of people convicted of murder had the death sentence imposed on them by the Irish State. The motivations for the murders varied from lust to greed, jealousy to hatred. The result of each case however, was the same. All of the protagonists were found guilty, given a date of execution and banished to a condemned cell in Mountjoy prison. A number of the unfortunate individuals met their fate at the end of the rope. The majority, however, had their sentences commuted, many just hours before they were due to be
This book examines the stories behind thirty of these reprieved murderers.