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Support the Finucane family – Adams

9 December, 2012 - by Gerry Adams TD


On Wednesday the de Silva review into the papers linked to the killing in 1989 of Belfast human rights lawyer Pat Finucane will be published.

Speaking today at the unveiling in west Belfast of a mural to Pat Finucane who was killed by a unionist death squad in collusion with British state forces, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD described him as a “remarkable, extraordinary and courageous Irishman.” 

The Sinn Féin leader condemned the British government’s repudiation of the 2001 Weston Park agreement between the Irish and British governments which endorsed a public inquiry and their setting up of the de Silva review.

Teachta Adams said:

“The Irish government should have prevented this. 

“The role of the Irish government in all of this has not been helpful, strategic or as consistent as it could be.

“The British government are in breach of an agreement with the Irish government. The Taoiseach has repeatedly said that he wants the British to fulfil their Weston Park Commitment but he has done little about it despite my raising this with him regularly in the Dáil.

“However, apart from an occasional conversation with David Cameron on the margins of meetings there has been no consistent, planned strategy by the Irish government to mobilise international and diplomatic support for this.

“This is not good enough.

“Whatever the outcome of the de Silva review all of us have a duty to fully support the Finucane family’s response to it. The family’s demand for a full, transparent and accountable public inquiry is reasonable.”

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