An announcement by the Director of Public Prosecution, Alan Green, says their convictions can no longer be considered safe and satisfactory. Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker were all jailed in 1975 for an IRA attack on two pubs in Birmingham in November 1974 in which 21 people died.
In one of the great miscarriages of justice in British legal history, Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker were all jailed in 1975 for IRA attacks on two pubs in Birmingham in November 1974 which killed 21 people. Their convictions would finally be quashed by the Court of Appeal on March 19 and the men would walk free for the first time in 17 years.
As early as 1976, Fathers Denis Faul and Raymond Murray published a detailed document questioning the men’s convictions.
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The Provisional IRA had planted bombs in two pubs: The Mulberry Bush bomb was followed minutes later by a bomb in the nearby Tavern in the Town. The IRA had phoned a warning twelve minutes before the first bomb went off, but the bombs went off as police were trying to clear the pubs. One of the ironies of the murderous attack was that a number of the victims were second-generation Irish.