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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.

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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.

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