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Lawyers push for IRA Guildford bombing inquests to resume

A call has been made for inquests into the IRA Guildford pub bombings to resume.

It has been made by the legal team responsible for getting the case of the Birmingham pub blast inquests reopened.

KRW Law is arguing that the inquest never closed as the wrongful conviction of the Guildford Four was later shown to be unsafe and overturned, the BBC reports..

Coroner's papers seen by the broadcaster show that there was only one open hearing after the bombing in 1974 in which five people were killed.

The inquest into the Birmingham pub bombing was reopened last year by coroner Louise Hunt who said a large amount of evidence related to the case had never been heard.

Christopher Stanley from KRW said that he believes there would be "sufficient grounds" to reopen the Guildford inquest and that there had never been a independent investigation into the bombing.

Last month KRW made a request to An Garda Siochana asking that they interview with self-confessed IRA bomber Michael Hayes, after the self-confessed bomber said that he accepted "collective responsibility" for the 1974 Birmingham attack in a BBC interview.

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