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

By Peter Pringle

Law and justice will not be continually one and an identical. 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 legislations prescribes just one penalty, and that penalty is death.' the matter was once that Peter didn't dedicate this crime. dealing with a sentence of demise via placing, Peter sought the interior energy and backbone to outlive. whilst his sentence used to be replaced to 40 years with no remission he got down to end up his innocence. Fifteen years later, he's ultimately a unfastened guy. this is often his tale.

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He had a caustic Dublin wit and cynicism, never short of a comment or retort no matter the occasion. Each day after his lunch Dermot would take a nap on a chaise longue in his kitchen. ’ Dermot taught me how to drive. At lunchtime he used to drop me home before heading to his own place. But one day he went via his house and got out of the van, telling me to drive myself home and pick him up an hour later. That was how I started to drive regularly. I was 16 and eligible for a driving licence, which I got later.

Our Camp OC was Tomás McCurtain from Cork, a very impressive, big man.

This brought an end to the Unemployed Workers Movement. It was reckoned on the streets that the Archbishop of Dublin had influenced Jack to give up his struggle and leave the country. It was even said that the church paid the fare to Canada and arranged for employment and accommodation for Jack and his family. It disturbed me that Ireland was in such a mess of poverty, unemployment, and emigration and that the existing system seemed unable to make things any better. The fact that the country was divided and partly occupied by Britain influenced my thinking strongly.

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