Blair expected to issue public apology to Conlon family

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to issue a public apology to a father and son wrongly jailed in connection with the 1974 Guildford pub bombings.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to issue a public apology to a father and son wrongly jailed in connection with the 1974 Guildford pub bombings.

Gerry Conlon was one of the so-called Guildford Four who were wrongly imprisoned for carrying out the attacks, while his late father, Guiseppe, was arrested and jailed while trying to arrange a lawyer for his son.

The Guildford Four were released after a long campaign, but Giuseppe Conlon died in prison before his name could be cleared.

His story and that of his son were dramatised in the film the Jim Sheridan film In The Name of the Father.

The Conlon family have been seeking a public apology from the British government and Northern Secretary Paul Murphy has indicated that this could now be imminent, possibly after Mr Blair meets the Taoiseach tomorrow.

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