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Dubliner lawyer Kieran Conway to be quizzed over Birmingham pub bombs

By Diarmaid MacDermott

Published 22/01/2016

The scene of the Birmingham pub bombings
The scene of the Birmingham pub bombings

A solicitor is to be questioned by police in the Republic about the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings in which 21 people were killed by the IRA.

Dubliner Kieran Conway, who admitted in his recently published book Southside Provisional that he was an IRA member for more than 20 years, has agreed to be interviewed as part of a new probe by police in England into the worst IRA atrocity on British soil.

Mr Conway will be interviewed by members of the Special Detective Unit in Dublin next week following a request from Birmingham police under a mutual assistance programme between Irish and British police.

The solicitor has voluntarily agreed to meet with the SDU to answer questions prepared by the Birmingham police.

They are understood to centre on claims in his book that he was told about the bombings by the then IRA Chief of Staff Daithi O'Conaill (Dave O'Connell).

Twenty-one people died and 150 were injured when no-warning bombs exploded in two crowded Birmingham pubs in November 1974. Six Irishmen - The Birmingham Six - were convicted but released after 15 years in jail.

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