Tuesday 22 August 2017

Gene Kerrigan: Four decades after Una died, Conmey fights to clear name

Community still bears scars of awful events as the man convicted of killing appeals, writes Gene Kerrigan

Martin Conmey and his wife Ann outside the Court of Criminal Appeal
Martin Conmey and his wife Ann outside the Court of Criminal Appeal
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

A FEW feet away from the woman in the witness box, on the table in front of the barristers, there was a photocopy of an October 1971 newspaper story. The paper was the Drogheda Independent; the reproduced column was titled "Down Your Way".

It had a large photo of a young woman with long, dark hair being questioned by a plainclothes detective. The garda stands tall and confident, the young woman is neither.

In the witness box last week she was direct, clear and assured. A woman in her 50s, describing events that occurred when she was 16.

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