Irish soldiers 'pardoned' for fighting in World War Two

Thousands of Irish soldiers who joined the British Army to fight Nazi Germany will be officially pardoned today.

The Irish Government will pass special legislation which grants an amnesty to the former troops who were branded deserters for joining up.

Rules bought in during the Second World War saw these ex-soldiers face widespread discrimination such as being barred from state jobs and refused military pensions.

Dublin's Justice Minister, Alan Shatter said "unfortunately, many of the individuals whose situation is addressed in this Bill did not live to see the day that this state finally acknowledged the important role that they played in seeking to ensure a free and safe Europe."