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Provo Kieran Conway turned lawyer must be probed over claims, says Ross Hussey

Admissions: Kieran Conway
Admissions: Kieran Conway

By Cate McCurry

Calls have been made for a solicitor to be investigated over his role in IRA bombings and gun attacks during the Troubles.

Dubliner Kieran Conway, who admitted in his autobiography - Southside Provisional - that he was an IRA member for more than 20 years, revealed last week that he took part in fatal gun attacks.

He further claimed he was involved in carrying out "five or six" bombings.

The lawyer made the admissions on the BBC's Hardtalk current affairs programme.

Ulster Unionist Ross Hussey said investigations into legacy cases from the Troubles would be brought into "disrepute" if the the legal authorities did not attempt to question Mr Conway over his activities.

The West Tyrone MLA said he had written to PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton to confirm whether Mr Conway had been approached or questioned by police.

He said the lawyer should be "made accountable for his actions".

He added: "Quite simply, if the judicial system in Northern Ireland does not attempt to question this man, then the very concept of legacy inquests and investigating the past is brought into disrepute.

"How can anyone pursue former members of the British Army and RUC in relation to the events of 40-odd years ago if they are not prepared to question former terrorists based on admissions freely made?

"As a member of the Policing Board, I have written to the Chief Constable to ask if attempts have been made to question this individual, and if necessary to seek his extradition.

"It is surely a supreme irony that Kieran Conway's law firm styles itself as being a 'criminal law and human rights' practice.

"Quite how someone can claim to be a human rights advocate and then admit to involvement in terrorist acts and to withholding information is beyond me.

"It is high time Mr Conway was made accountable for his actions."

During last week's interview he was probed about his role in the IRA.

And when asked if he had killed anyone, he responded: "British soldiers did die when I was present and firing at them but I can't be sure it was my bullet which caught them."

In his 2014 book he said he had a senior intelligence role in the IRA at the time of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, which claimed the lives of 21 people.

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