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Adams welcomes Finucane Judicial Review

13 January, 2012 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the decision by a court in Belfast to hold a full judicial review hearing into the British government’s refusal to hold a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane in 1989.

Mr Adams said:

“In October the British Secretary of State for the north Owen Patterson stood in the British Parliament and speaking on behalf of his Prime Minister he admitted that British state agencies had colluded with a unionist death squad in the shooting dead of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane.

“Despite this admission the British government has refused to honour an inter-governmental agreement with the Irish government made at Weston Park in 2001.

“It is outrageous that the British Prime Minister should erect obstacles before the Finucane family, break commitments given to them and force that family into another court hearing to get to the truth.

“On Thursday the Taoiseach raised Pat Finucane’s case with David Cameron but he needs to go beyond polite conversations which go nowhere.

“The Irish government must relentlessly press the British government on this issue through every diplomatic means and at every international institution open to it.” ENDS

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