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Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the Guildford Four when their convictions for the 1974 Guildford pub bombings were quashed at the Old Bailey in London.

Gerry Conlon, Paul Hill, Patrick Armstrong and Carole Richardson had been falsely accused of the attacks on two pubs, which were carried out by the Provisional IRA.

Five died and more than 60 were injured.

The late Gerry Conlon (above) was asked about his immediate thoughts on his release.

Watch here.

Paul Hill was interviewed recently by BBC Radio 4 on his 15 year imprisonment.

Listen here.

Via RTÉ Archives

pee2 From left: Sculptor Richard Enda King, Councillor Seán Walsh and Pádraig Flynn

On this day in 1989, Minister for the Environment Pádraig Flynn unveiled a new sculpture ‘Spirit of The Air’ to be installed at Dublin Airport.

1989 was the same year developer Tom Gilmartin wrote a cheque for £50,000 as a donation to Fianna Fáil as suggested by Pádraig Flynn. The cheque never made it to Fianna Fáil HQ and was subsequently discovered by the Mahon tribunal that it was used to buy a 100-acre farm in north Mayo by Mr Flynn’s wife, Dorothy.

He was then made our European Commissioner.

Good times.

Watch here.

Previously: ‘They’ll Emerge Unscathed And Unsullied’

Pee Flynn: “Wrongly And Corruptly” Sought Donation From Tom Gilmartin

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Twenty-five years ago today, and long before any lines were drawn in the sand, Century Radio went on air.

The Flood Tribunal found that the then Minister for Communications and Justice Ray Burke received £35,000 from Oliver Barry (a director of Century) which was deemed a corrupt payment.

The Flood report states:

In March 1989, some months prior to the payment in question, Mr. Burke, in his capacity as Minister for Communications, had issued a Directive which fixed the level of transmission fees payable by Century to Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), the national broadcaster. Mr. Burke’s Directive resulted in Century paying RTÉ considerably less than RTÉ had sought for the use of its facilities. In 1990, the year following the payment, Mr. Burke promoted legislation which, inter alia, restricted RTÉ’s income from advertising in anticipation that independent broadcasters would benefit.

Mr Burke still receives €103,000 in a ministerial pension annually.

Good times.

Via RTÉ Archives