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Ann McKernan, sister of Guildford Four's Gerry Conlon, dies

Ann McKernan, the sister of the Guildford Four's Gerry Conlon, has died.

Ms McKernan had called for the inquests into the 1974 Guildford pub bombings to be resumed, saying she had promised her brother she would continue the fight for justice.

Mr Conlon was one of the quartet wrongly imprisoned for the IRA attacks in the Surrey town which killed five people- four soldiers and a civilian- and injured 65.

The Guildford Four were handed life sentences but had their convictions overturned in 1989. Their case became one of the best known miscarriages of justice in British legal history.

Announcing the death of Ms McKernan, a family member wrote on social media: "It is with great sadness that we tell you our beautiful brave mother queen of our hearts has finally gained her angel wings. We know she was dearly loved and respected by all who knew her and we appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers."

SDLP councillor Tim Atwood said: "I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ann.

"Ann was a champion against social injustice and she stood firmly by Gerry through both his time in prison and when he sought a public apology. Ann was a rock for her family when both her brother and father were in prison.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann's family at this difficult time."

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Ann McKernan, sister of Gerry Conlon, has died.

In November last year Belfast-based firm KRW Law applied to the senior coroner for Surrey to resume the inquests on behalf of Ms McKernan and a soldier who survived and who wishes to remain anonymous.

The firm said the application was on the basis that the inquests were never completed following the conviction of the Guildford Four.

Ms McKernan, speaking to the Press Association last year, said: "I promised him [Gerry Conlon] I would continue to get the proper justice for him. Not only for him, but for everyone involved in this."

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