Richard McIlkenny, one of the Birmingham Six, has died in a Dublin Hospital today. He was 73.

A spokeswoman for the Health Service Executive said he had been battling cancer for some time and died at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown with his family by his bedside.

Mr McIlkenny was wrongly imprisoned along with five others in 1975 for bombings in the British Midlands city which killed 21 people.

In 1991 their convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal.

The perpetrators of the Birmingham bombings have never been revealed.