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C. Flower
21-06-2014, 10:56 AM
Very sorry to hear this.

Gerry Conlon, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guildford_Four_and_Maguire_Seven) like others framed and wrongfuly jailed for alleged terror offences in Britain, has died, far too soon.

Many years robbed off him by the British State.

One of the Guildford Four. There are many mentions of them on this forum but I couldn't find a dedicated thread.

He was recently interviewed by Miriam O'Callaghan (on 'Miriam Meets' - good interview (http://www.rte.ie/radio1/sunday-with-miriam/programmes/2014/0323/604034-sunday-with-miriam-sunday-23-march-2014/?clipid=1516032)).



Paddy Hill and Gerry Conlon

As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Guilford and Birmingham bombs Miriam spoke to Gerry Conlon and Paddy Hill. Gerry Conlon - one of the Guildford Four - spent 15 years in prison; and Paddy Hill - one of the Birmingham Six - was wrongly jailed for nearly 17 years
http://img.rasset.ie/0008af2b-440.jpg

Gerry and Paddy both now work for the organisation MOJO you can view their website HERE (http://www.miscarriagesofjustice.org/). Paddy has also endorsed a website for all the victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings - HERE (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/59887)

Saoirse go Deo
21-06-2014, 11:52 AM
Very sad. RIP.

He spent a lot of time in recent years working to help the Craigavon Two.

disability student
21-06-2014, 02:38 PM
Hadn't forgotten one TV interview back then which Conlon spoke up and came across as one of the sanest guy of the Guilford four. Hence my respect for him despite all the sufferings and abuse that he had received in prison (for something that he didn't do).

Very sad. RIP .

goatstoe
21-06-2014, 06:34 PM
Sad to hear. RIP Gerry.

yi25
21-06-2014, 08:48 PM
Go in peace Gerry, others remember Mandela.....I'll remember you.

Rpurfield
21-06-2014, 08:51 PM
Another who suffered because of that witch Thatcher and her policies and government. May he Rest In Peace

Shaadi
21-06-2014, 09:17 PM
Only 60 years old and much of it already stolen off him. Life sure ain't fair, you can be sure many of his tormentors are still living a long life on a nice fat pension now.

Kev Bar
22-06-2014, 01:05 AM
Only 60 years old and much of it already stolen off him. Life sure ain't fair, you can be sure many of his tormentors are still living a long life on a nice fat pension now.

He did live a pretty rock n roll lifestyle when he got out.
Suppose for him he thought he was still in his 20s.
There was a lot of crack and chicks and clubs and chaos.
And would you blame him.
There was a man with some vivid electricity in him.
God bless him.

C. Flower
22-06-2014, 05:25 PM
Paul Hill spoke with passion on RTE about Conlon, what he went through, and how things have only got worse since then - as now a state can abduct people and torture them and hold them without trial for 9 years. He tore a strip off irish politicians and the Irish media for not supporting those unjustly imprisoned until the 11th hour. He said it was ordinary people in England and in Ireland who got them out. He would not blame the IRA as he said that someone in jail for the Balcombe Street events had told the British it was himself and not those unjustly imprisoned who carried out the bombing.

Now the Indo is lying about what he said and making out he was "emotional." I heard the interview and he was crystal clear.

This is what he wrote about Conlon.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Paul-Hill-on-Gerry-Conlon-In-the-name-of-justice-he-always-fought-on.html

C. Flower
22-11-2014, 01:29 PM
There is a documentary on the Guildford bombings and the fit up of the "Guildford Four" as the "Documentary on One" RTE radio, on now. Will be on player too.

C. Flower
10-02-2016, 05:12 PM
The case on the delayed inquest into the deaths of 21 people in the Birmingham bombings began today but was suspended again until April.

Points made at today's hearing -

An IRA informant told the police about the bombings ahead of time. Why were they allowed to go ahead ?

The police lied to get convictions of the Guildford Four. Why? Were they protecting some other person or people ?

pluralist
10-02-2016, 09:30 PM
The case on the delayed inquest into the deaths of 21 people in the Birmingham bombings began today but was suspended again until April.

Points made at today's hearing -

An IRA informant told the police about the bombings ahead of time. Why were they allowed to go ahead ?

The police lied to get convictions of the Guildford Four. Why? Were they protecting some other person or people ?

Interesting, thanks for bringing it to our attention.

C. Flower
01-03-2016, 05:17 PM
A brilliant interview of Paddy Hill by Ray D'Arcy, on RTE1 this afternoon. For once, the interviewer just listened.

Good luck in trying to find it on the RTE Player - http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!

Great coverage of how the families are still fighting for an inquest, opposed by the police, in the Birmingham Mail. The Coroner has asked the police to produce information indicating that the State had advanced warning of the bombings.

It is clear from Paddy Hill's account that he was very deliberately framed.

Why would the British State frame people in that way, unless they were protecting the people who carried out the bombing ?

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/police-ordered-look-claim-ira-10871682

C. Flower
01-06-2016, 09:08 PM
There will be an Inquest.

The Birmingham Mail campaigned for an inquest and is covering this well.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/claims-security-services-knew-pub-11400295

There has been much discussion as to whether or not the British State had foreknowledge and whether they had a mole in the bombing cell.

The Birmingham bombings were a disaster for the IRA and turned public opinion in Britain against withdrawal from Ireland.


At the time, in a string of attacks, the Birmingham IRA had targeted shops and businesses with bombs and incendiaries but had avoided civilian casualties.

An Army bomb disposal officer was mortally wounded by a device planted in Birmingham that year.
A member of the Birmingham cell, Belfast-born James McDade (http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-pub-bombings-name-man-8141604), was then blown up while planting a bomb at Coventry telephone exchange just days before the pub bombings.

http://i4.birminghammail.co.uk/incoming/article10472071.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/JS76859763.jpg Kieran Conway, former director of intelligence for the IRA, speaking to the Birmingham Mail in a Garda station in Dublin. Conway said that following the double bombings, the IRA’s top brass held a “court of inquiry” in Ireland with the group’s West Midlands commanders.
The solicitor, who acknowledges his book is only a partial account, said he had no doubt that the men would have been executed by the terrorist group’s Army Council if it had been concluded they deliberately set out to kill civilians.
He went on: “They would have been court martialed and almost certainly executed.
“Not all of them, but their commander, whoever knowingly planted the bomb with intention of killing civilians, would almost certainly have been executed.”
He is supporting the relatives of the pub bombings’ victims, in calling for a full public inquiry in a bid to get to the truth.
Conway said: “They should continue to press for that and they should try to highlight the reports on security service pre-knowledge of the bombings.
“I think that’s the most effective way ultimately to force the Government to give them an inquiry and, if there is a public inquiry, conducted by a competent High Court judge, I would have little doubt the truth would out in relation to that.”
But he added it was “fair comment” that a man who spent years fighting the British would now support any inquiry into an allegation that the British state had prior knowledge of the bombings.
Conway - who admitted to planting “a few bombs” - was unapologetic about his own past, and said he would never appear before any inquest or inquiry into the IRA’s past.

C. Flower
10-03-2019, 09:49 AM
"We are treated with such contempt (by the British State) that we are treated worse than the murderers"

The families of those murdered in the Birmingham Pub Bombings had to go to the North of Ireland to get a legal firm who would represent them. They British Government withhold assistance from them in the Inquest process --- because of where their legal advisors are based.

The representative of the families speaking on RTE with "Miriam" right now, talks about a British cover up.

What are they covering up ?