Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called on the British government to “move speedily to establish the inquiry into the killing of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane which it agreed to at Weston Park in 2001.”
The Sinn Féin leader’s demand follows the publication of the book ‘Lethal Allies’ which chronicles the extent of collusion between unionist paramilitaries and the RUC and UDR between 1972 and 1978. It covers the Dublin Monaghan bombs which killed 33 people and the attack on Kay’s Bar in Dundalk in December 1975 in which two men were killed.
“There is a very particular onus on the Irish government to hold the British government to account on all of these matters”, he said.
Gerry Adams said:
“Lethal Allies provides a significant new body of information and evidence about the extent of collusion between British state forces and unionist paramilitaries in the 1970’s.
“The existence of collusion has been widely known and reported over recent decades. The Pat Finucane case and the role of British agent Brian Nelson in that murder and other killings; the Stevens Inquiry; the Police Ombudsman’s 2007 report into the role of RUC agent Mark Haddock in the killing of over a dozen people and other similar investigations, have previously lifted the lid on the use by British security agencies of agents and informers in the killing of innocent civilians and republican activists.
“These reports have helped expose the degree to which British state institutions were involved in directing, assisting and promoting the use of collusion to kill people. Lethal Allies is a vitally important addition to this.
“It contains significant new evidence relating to 120 sectarian killings that occurred during a relatively short period in the 1970s.
“The reports from the Historical Enquiries Team, which have never been seen before, provide a significant insight into the role of the RUC and UDR in sectarian killings.
“The Pat Finucane centre has also added substantial new evidence through its careful research in the files available in the British national archives in Kew Gardens in London and elsewhere.
“Extensive interviews with victim’s families have also produced new information.
“The onus is now on the British government to acknowledge that collusion was a matter of institutional and official practice.
“It should move immediately to establish the inquiry into the Pat Finucane killing which it signed up for at Weston Park and has reneged on.
“And it should engage positively in the debate around truth, legacy and reconciliation matters which thus far it has obstructed and frustrated.
“There is a very particular onus on the Irish government to hold the British government to account on all of these matters.”