The recent distasteful remarks Billy Connolly made regarding a certain terrorist group beheading a certain British hostage must be ringing in his ears after the news broke in the last couple of days that Kenneth Bigley has indeed been executed after an alleged failed attempt to escape from his captors.

“Will they just stop talking about it and do it?!?” was probably not the gentle touch that Bigleys family needed to hear from such a public figure. This also comes only days after Ken was issed an Irish passport, due to his mother being a native Paddy.

So, the question is, was he finally executed because he tried to escape? Or was it because they were going to no matter what? On top of everything, it’s not a whole lot to say for the myth of Irish neutrality.