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Gerry Conlon, one of the Guilford Four, dies aged 60

Conlon was wrongly accused of an IRA bombing, spending 14 years in prison.

Gerry Conlon outside the Old Bailey after his release in 1989.
Gerry Conlon outside the Old Bailey after his release in 1989.
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GERRY CONLON, WHO spent 14 years in prison for an IRA bombing that he played no part in, has died.

Conlon died this morning at his home in west Belfast after a prolonged illness.

Conlon, along Paul Hill, Carole Richardson and Paddy Armstrong, was jailed for life in 1975 for an IRA bomb that killed five people including four off-duty soldiers, and injured 65.

Gerry’s father, Giuseppe, was jailed later that year, despite having one lung, emphysema and recently having undergone chemotherapy. He would die in prison five years later.

The family’s story would inspire the Oscar-winning film In The Name of The Father.

The Guildford Four were finally freed in 1989, with British Prime Minister Tony Blair apologising for the miscarriage of justice more than a decade and a half later.

First published 11.51am

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