Dublin, , Ireland
Feb 17, 2011 08:21pm
|Info||Dessie Ellis was born and educated in Dublin. He was arrested in 1981, charged with possession of explosives and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment in Portlaoise Prison. On November 14th, 1990, after thirty-five days on hunger-strike Ellis became the first person extradited from the Irish Republic to the United Kingdom under the 1987 Extradition Act. Ellis was flown to England and imprisoned in Brixton Prison before being tried on charges of conspiracy to cause explosions in the United Kingdom between 1981 and 1983 (in spite of the fact that he was in Prison in Ireland during these dates) and with having explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property. |
At committal proceedings on February 14th, 1991 two further charges under the Offenses against the Person Act and the Criminal Damage Act were added to the charges against Ellis. These were later dropped and on October 30th, 1991 Ellis was found not guilty by jury. After the trial he was arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and served with a United Kingdom Exclusion Order.
His poem Christmas Card, composed while he was on hunger-strike in Portlaoise Prison in November, 1990, is published here for the first time. Dessie Ellis was elected to Dublin City Council for Sinn F�in in 1999