Campaign to free 'Craigavon Two' continues says Finucane

SUPPORTERS of two men convicted of murdering Constable Stephen Carroll have vowed to continue the campaign to clear their names.

The pledge came during a panel discussion at the West Belfast Féile about the case of Brendan McConville, who is serving a 25-year minimum sentence and John Paul Wootton, who is serving a minimum of 14 years.

The two Craigavon men were convicted of murdering Constable Carroll, left, in Craigavon in 2009.

The pair deny any involvement in the Continuity IRA attack that claimed his life.

In May this year three judges rejected the men's appeal.

A packed lecture room at St Mary's College heard Wootton's solicitor John Finu-cane, right, the son of murdered Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane, raise questions about the evidence presented by the prosecution in the case.

He said that future options include taking the case to the Supreme Court and the Criminal Case Review Commission.

"As someone who has had experience with campaigns, I think it's very important. I think that never be put off by what political agenda or political muck may be thrown at this campaign," he said.

Later he added: "A campaign will strengthen any legal avenue and I have seen that personally in relation to my father's case."

Dublin based TD Clare Daly, who attended part of the men's appeal hearing last year, also spoke at the event.

"I was going to say I am very happy to be here but obviously happy is the completely wrong word," she said.

"I am actually boiling angry to be here having attended the appeal and listened to the evidence that was presented," she said.

"I am glad to lend my support to the campaign and certainly to do what I can to secure justice for the Craigavon Two."

During the event, chaired by independent Lisburn councillor Angela Nelson, a video of Gerry Conlon, who died earlier this year, talking about the case was played to the audience.

Another key figure in the campaign, veteran west Belfast republican Tony Catney, died hours after the event on Saturday after a long illness.

* CONVICTED: Brendan McConville, left, and John Paul Wootton