Calls to overturn 75-year immunity order following death of Gerry Conlon
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Calls to overturn 75-year immunity order following death of Gerry Conlon

FOLLOWING the death of Gerry Conlon, calls have been made to overturn the 75-year immunity order on case files related to prosecutions against the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six.

Speaking to The Irish Post, Paddy Hill, one of the so-named Birmingham Six, described the order as a “cover up”.

He said he hoped that the recent passing of Mr Conlon – wrongly convicted of the 1974 Guildford Pub bombings for which he served 15 years in prison - would lead to a renewed focus in respect of both case files.

The issue was raised by the SDLP’s Mark Durkan at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday.

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He said:  “[We] have always believed that these things should be disclosed, and will make the point whenever the opportunity arises and that’s why I asked the question at Prime Ministers questions.

Adding: “I never supported papers being sealed in that way.