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Irish Man Hanged After a Trial He Couldn’t Understand and Pardoned 136 Years Later

Check out this interesting article from The New York Times about an Irish man who received inadequate interpretation services in an English-speaking court in Dublin in 1882. He was hung after being found guilty later that year. Just recently, Ireland’s president “called the trial a “miscarriage of justice” and pointed to a history of systemic discrimination and linguistic differences, issues that are still relevant in Ireland today.” Today, in Ireland, only about 70,000 people still speak Irish regularly outside of the school system. People fear the language will soon be a learned language, like Latin, instead of a living one. To read more details about the trial and the policeman called to interpret, see the full article here.

 

 

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