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Dublin solicitor questioned about IRA Birmingham pub bombings

The Mulberry Bush pub bombed on November 21 1974
Connla Young

A Dublin-based solicitor who wrote a book about his time in the IRA has been questioned by gardai in connection with the Birmingham pub bombings.

Kieran Conway was interviewed by officers from the Special Detective Unit in Dublin on Friday in the presence of a British detective.

A total of 21 people were killed when a series of IRA bombs exploded at three locations, including two pubs, on November 24 1974.

Six Irishmen were later wrongly convicted of taking part in the republican attacks and were eventually released in 1991 after serving 16 years behind bars.

Gardai were acting on behalf of West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit which it is believed provided the questions put to Mr Conway.

Mr Conway, who has said he is a former IRA ‘director of intelligence’, published a book Southside Provisional: From Freedom Fighter to the Four Courts in 2014 in which he detailed some of his activities.

He is now a solicitor who specialises in criminal defence cases.

In a statement, Mr Conway, who studied law after quitting the IRA and Sinn Fein in 1993, said he told officers he would not reveal the name of the person who debriefed IRA members in the aftermath of the Birmingham explosions.

He also said he spoke of his regret and shame over the bombings and added that he has no fear over being prosecuted for past IRA membership.

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