Guildford Four's Gerry Conlon dies in Belfast

Conlon (60) was one of four wrongly jailed for 1974 Guildford pub bombings

Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guildford pub bombing which killed five people, has died.

The 60-year-old had been ill for some time with cancer, and died at his home in the early hours of this morning.

Conlon, and the rest of the group known as the Guildford Four, served 14 years in prison, before their convictions were overturned in 1989.

Their jailing was one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British history. Their fight for justice formed the basis of the 1993 film, In the Name of the Father, starring Daniel Day Lewis.

We discussed his life and imprisonment on Talking Point today. Sarah was joined by:

  • Eamonn Mallie, political journalist based in Belfast,
  • David Langwalner, lecturer in public and international law at Griffith College Dublin and a Director of the Irish Innocence Project,
  • Susan Philips, is a foreign policy commentator,
  • Dr Paola Rivetti, Lecturer in the Politics of the Middle East & International Relations at the School of Law and Government in DCU.

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