Michael Mansfield QC to deliver the first Gerry Conlon Memorial lecture this Friday on the theme of “Democratic Bankruptcy”

An annual memorial lecture has been established by SDLP West Belfast to mark the memory of Gerry Conlon who died last year. The first lecture is this Friday 23rd January 2015 at 7pm in St. Mary’s University, Falls Road, Belfast.

The “Democratic Bankruptcy” lecture will be delivered by Michael Mansfield QC, who worked on the Guilford case and is currently working on the Hillsborough inquests. There will be a panel afterwards with Patrick Corrigan from Amnesty International and Paddy Hill, a member of the Birmingham Six. The chair will be Alex Attwood MLA.

Michael Mansfield QC (born 12 October 1941) is an English barrister. A republican, vegetarian, socialist, and self-described “radical lawyer”, he has participated in prominent and controversial court cases and inquests involving accused IRA bombers, Bloody Sunday, and the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes and Diana, Princess of Wales, and the McLibel case. (Source).

This is a free event and should make for an informative evening.

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  • Korhomme

    Mansfield has also been suggested as an acceptable chairperson for the Child Abuse Inquiry—the one which has already seen two appointees rejected and resigning.

  • chrisjones2

    I doubt the Blessed Theresa would ever lte him near it

  • kalista63

    By far, the best candidate for the inquiry.

  • Korhomme

    The question is, surely: is Mansfield close enough to the Establishment elite to be acceptable to Ms May, yet far enough away to be acceptable to all those involved?

  • willieric

    Democratic bankruptcy????? WOW……this guy must be a democratic multi-millionaire after these high-profile court cases!!!!

  • Korhomme

    I think that “whitewash” is the word you are looking for.

  • ted hagan

    Great man,they’re privileged to get him

  • the rich get richer

    The point of the inquiry is too cover up as much as possible. Especially if the privileged establishment have been up to heinous crimes.

    The ordinary folk might want to change something if the elite were shown for what they are.

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  • Dan

    Oh God, a Mansfield smug cloud will cover the city…..like the South Park one with Clooney


  • Old Mortality

    The prince of legal-aid parasites. How appropriate.

  • $136050377

    How dare he stand up for innocent people wrongly convicted.
    How DARE he..Who does he think he is??