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Gerry Conlon, RIP

The simple truth: “If it had been left to the Irish media Gerry Conlon would have died in a prison cell.”

The Broken Elbow

There are many things one could say about the sad and troubled life of Gerry Conlon, whose tragically premature death from cancer has just been announced, and the cruel miscarriage of justice that cost his father his life and himself so many years of imprisonment for an offence he had nothing to do with.

But for the time being I would like to confine my reaction to the role of the Irish media in the story of Gerry Conlon and the Guildford Four.

Gerry Conlon celebrates his acquittal outside the Old Bailey with his two sisters in 1989. Notice the unhappy-looking policemen in the background. Gerry Conlon celebrates his acquittal outside the Old Bailey with his two sisters in 1989. Notice the unhappy-looking policemen in the background.

In the next few days we will, I am sure, be treated to acres of coverage from Ireland about how awful the treatment of the Guildford Four was at the hands of British justice, how pernicious was the climate of anti-Irish racism in England in…

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