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My £100k legal bill to fight false Birmingham Six cop conviction

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A Limerick man wrongly imprisoned by the notorious police squad that jailed the Birmingham Six has spoken out about the “nightmare” legal bill he faces to seek justice.

“I fought for justice and for what? For nothing,” Martin Foran told The Irish Post.

The disabled 69-year-old has learnt he cannot claim legal aid to sue the Home Office and the police, who deprived him of eight years of his life.

Luton’s Irish mourn the loss of a humble philanthropist

The Irish in Luton have mourned the death of philanthropist Michael Connolly, remembering him as “a great community man”.

Luton Irish Forum chair Frank Horan led the tributes for Mr Connolly, 82, a Mayo man who came to Britain in the 1950s to work as a labourer before starting his own building company.

Construction blacklist victim scorns redress

An Irishman who says lives were “ruined” by the secret blacklisting of construction workers has hit out at the firms offering redress to victims.

“I am not sure any compensation scheme could ever make up for what happened; the financial problems, the emotional problems and the family problems that happened to us,” John Jones told The Irish Post.

Last week, eight construction companies apologised for their involvement with an organisation that kept the list – though the firms have not admitted liability.

Wanted: Girl Friday to join castaway John

A London Irishman is looking for a woman daring enough to live with him on an uninhabited island off the coast of Donegal for a year.

John McManus, from Kingsbury in London, says he has received a huge response since posting his advert on Gumtree. And he believes a second-generation Irish woman may make the perfect companion on Inishfree.

Saluting Hibernian heroes in our community 

The Hibernian Hero Award recognises the dedicated staff of charities working to support vulnerable children.

Following last year’s inaugural event, Irish Post Regional Editor Fiona Audley reviews the impressive shortlist for 2013.

 

IN ENTERTAINMENT

Life in celluloid

Glasvegas frontman James Allan tells Richard Purden about the band’s return to Glasgow, his relationship with the city’s diaspora and what it means to finally realise his dreams.

Phil Chevron remembered

Phil Chevron, who died last week aged 56, had a profound influence on Irish punk music and contributed one of the finest ballads of recent memory – Thousands Are Sailing – to the Irish canon.

Irish Post readers got in touch to pay tribute to the Pogues guitarist. John Fitzgerald described the great musician’s passing as: “A sad loss. A sad day.”

Changing committments

Swapping work as a lawyer to star in a multi-million pound West End musical means Denis Grindel is living the stuff of dreams.

Fiona Audley meets the young star of the new Committments musical.

Meanwhile, Rí Rá editor Steve Cummins was at the Palace Theatre to review Roddy Doyle’s new show.

‘I have to work my backside off from now on’

Exiled for more than a year, broadcaster Ivan Yates is back on the airwaves in Ireland and out to earn enough to buy back his family home. He speaks to Enda Brady.

Camden calling for trad fans

Joe Giltrap previews the Return to Camden Town festival, as Londoners get set for two weekends jam-packed with some of the finest traditional musicians around.

Irish lights shine at the London Film Festival

This year’s BFI London Film Festival includes big-hitting Irish names such as Fassbender, Farrell and Coogan.

In a marked return to form for Irish representation, the festival also boasts gems including a film about a Cork-born girl who became the most powerful woman in Paraquay.

Film critic Steve Martin picks out the best of the bunch.

 

IN SPORT

Compromise reached over winter GAA

The club versus county stand-off which had the potential to blight London GAA has been avoided with the city’s clubs committing to playing winter championships in 2014, writes Robert Mulhern.

The move will be ratified this week with London manager Paul Coggins also expected to sign a one-year deal.

Lee and Macklin in move for St Patrick’s Day showdown

British-based Irish boxers Matthew Macklin and Andy Lee are close to singing a fight deal which would bring them to Dublin on St Patrick’s Day.

TCG and Kingdom through to final

This season’s London SFC final will be a repeat of last year’s showdown as both Tir Chonaill Gaels and Kingdom Kerry Gaels recorded narrow victories at the weekend.

Read these match reports, plus the London SHC semi-final, the John Wallace Cup Final and the All Britain playoff – and many more – in this week’s Irish Post Sport.

Doyle raises his sights

After years of battling relegation, Kevin Doyle is happy to be chasing promotion with Wolves.

Garry Doyle interviews the Wexford-born striker.

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