Pressure must be kept on British Government on collusion - Doherty
Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty, speaking in the Seanad today, said pressure must be kept on the British Government to co-operate with inquiries into collusion. The Donegal Senator said the refusal of the British Government of full inquiry into the death of Pat Finucane and the cover ups in relation to Ken Barret and Brian Nelson shows that collusion is effectively ongoing and called for an Oireachtas motion to keep the pressure on the British.
Senator Doherty said, "The Dáil and Seanad almost two years ago passed motion calling on the British government to establish an independent international public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. Two months after that all-party Oireachtas motion, Ken Barrett, the only person convicted in connection with the murder, was released after serving three years. He was brought by the British Ministry of Defence to a secret hideout outside Ireland.
"In the case of Ken Barrett, a deal was done and a guilty plea ensured that there was no trial and no exposure of the central role of British forces in the murder of Pat Finucane. The same thing happened with the other British agent involved in the Finucane murder - Brian Nelson. So it is little wonder that the British government has turned down the request of the Finucane family and of the Oireachtas for a full inquiry. Collusion is effectively ongoing. The British system is still protecting its agents and, for them, more importantly, the senior military and political figures who ran this system of collusion.
"For that very reason the pressure on the British government needs to be kept up and that should include an Oireachtas motion. There should also be a dedicated summit meeting on collusion between the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister. A central focus of the motion and the summit should be the demand for the British government to release all relevant information in its possession. In the Dáil yesterday the Taoiseach said he could not see this information ever being released. But that is not good enough. It is not an acceptable answer.
"I welcome the Taoiseach commitment in response to my colleague Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin that he will facilitate an agreed comprehensive all party motion on collusion. I would now urge him to move this process on and call a meeting of all parties to agree the motion." ENDS