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276. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to ensure that the recent pardon in the name of a person (details supplied) be corrected to reflect their correct name (details supplied), this correct name being the name used on all other legal documents through the years. [2741/16]

277. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the pardon in the name of a person (details supplied) be corrected to include the following: "And Whereas on 17 April 1941 the Attorney General refused him leave to appeal to the Supreme Court". [2742/16]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 276 and 277 together.
My Department has considered the issues referred to by the Deputy and is advised, following consultation with the Office of the Attorney General, that the Pardon Order signed by the President on 19 December 2015 unambiguously identifies Mr. Gleeson and his conviction, and that he has been validly pardoned of that conviction. As this has taken effect and is a matter of official record, does not need to be addressed further. I was pleased to have been able to present a copy of the Pardon Order to Mr. Gleeson's nearest relatives at a recent ceremony, and to acknowledge that it achieves what has been sought by them and others over many years, which is a full recognition on the part of the State that Mr. Gleeson should not have been convicted of the crime in question nor have suffered such dreadful consequences as a result.