During the last century, the Irish state imprisoned a greater share of its population than any other country on Earth: not for crimes against people or property, but for failing to comply with a repressive moral code. The victims are still counting the cost.
Daniel Finn is the features editor at Jacobin. He is the author of One Man’s Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA.
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