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WWII Irish 'deserters' granted pardons

7 May 2013 Last updated at 21:46 BST

The Irish parliament has passed legislation granting a pardon to thousands of soldiers who left the armed forces to serve with the Allies during World War Two.

The Irish Republic remained neutral in the conflict between 1939 and 1945.

In order to fight, thousands of soldiers left the country and the Irish army to join the British forces - but after the war they faced discrimination, lost their pensions and were barred from holding jobs paid for by the state.

Chris Buckler reports.