Funeral of Guildford Four's Gerry Conlon to be held

Mourners will gather today to pay their respects to the late Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guildford pub bombing.

Funeral of Guildford Four's Conlon to be held today

Mourners will gather today to pay their respects to the late Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guildford pub bombing.

The 60-year-old, who spent 14 years in British prisons for a crime he did not commit, will be laid to rest after a funeral Mass at St Peter's Cathedral in his native west Belfast.

Guildford Four member Gerry Conlon Credit: PA

Mr Conlon and the rest of the Guildford Four were wrongly given life sentences for the attack which killed five people and injured 65, before their convictions were overturned in 1989. It was one of the best known cases of a miscarriage of justice in British legal history.

Mr Conlon died at his home in the Falls Road area of Belfast after a lengthy illness last Saturday.

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Conlon's fight for justice 'changed course of history'

Gerry Conlon spent 15 years in a British prison for a crime he didn't commit and saw his father, who was also wrongly arrested for the same crime, die in prison.

He died this morning aged 60, after a long illness. His family paid tribute to him, saying he "helped them survive what they were not meant to survive."

UTV News' Marc Mallett reports:

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Adams offers 'sincere condolences' to Conlon family

Gerry Adams paid tribute to Gerry Conlon, who has died aged 60. Credit: PA

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams expressed his shock and sadness at the news.

"Gerry and his father Giuseppe were two of the most infamous examples of miscarriages of justice by the British political and judicial system," Mr Adams said.

"Their story was told graphically in the film In The Name Of The Father.

"To his family and friends I want to extend my sincere condolences."

Gerry Conlon's fight for justice 'changed history'

Mr Conlon's family issued a statement through his lawyer Gareth Peirce.

It said:

This morning we lost our Gerry.

He brought life, love, intelligence, wit and strength to our family through its darkest hours.

He helped us to survive what we were not meant to survive.

We recognise that what he achieved by fighting for justice for us had a far, far greater importance - it forced the world's closed eyes to be opened to injustice; it forced unimaginable wickedness to be acknowledged; we believe it changed the course of history.

We thank him for his life and we thank all his many friends for their love.

Man wrongly convicted of Guildford bombing dies at 60

Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guildford pub bombing, has died aged 60, his family have announced.

Mr Conlon and the rest of the Guildford Four served 14 years of a life sentence for the attack which killed five people and injured 65, before their convictions were overturned in 1989.

Gerry Conlon pictured with a letter of apology from then Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2005. Credit: PA