“Their loss, the loss suffered by their families, will never go away. But it serves no one for the wrong people to be convicted for such an awful crime.
“It is a matter of great regret when anyone suffers a miscarriage of justice.
“There was a miscarriage of justice in the case of Gerard Conlon and all the Guildford Four as well as Giuseppe Conlon and Annie Maguire and all of the Maguire Seven.
“And, as with the others, I recognise the trauma the conviction caused the Conlon and Maguire families and the stigma which wrongly attaches to them to this day.
“I am very sorry that they were subject to such an ordeal and such an injustice.
“That’s why I am making this apology today. They deserve to be completely and publicly exonerated.”