Dr Niamh Howlin plays key role in pardon for Myles Joyce

Pictured Above: Myles Joyce (Photo courtesy of the National Library of Ireland)

Lorna Siggins reporting recently for The Irish Times on the key role that research by our colleague Dr Niamh Howlin played in the Government's decision to advise the President of Ireland to pardon Myles Joyce, who was convicted for murder in relation to the Maamtrasna killings and hanged in 1882. The former Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD commissioned Dr Howlin to undertake a review of the case and she concluded that Myles Joyce, who was convicted for murder in relation to the Maamtrasna killings and hanged in 1882. The former Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD commissioned Dr Howlin to undertake a review of the case and she concluded that Myles Joyce's "trial, conviction and execution ... were unfair by the standards of criminal justice at the time".  Dr Howlin’s report in full can be accessed here.