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Gerry Kelly disappointed with Finucane petition of concern

7 November, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly

North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said that he is very disappointed that the Unionist parties at the Assembly have tabled a petition of concern in relation to the motion calling for a judicial inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane.

Gerry Kelly said:

“Both the British and Irish governments agreed at the Weston Park talks to set up an inquiry by retired Canadian Judge Peter Cory to look into six specific cases including Pat Finucane.  

“Judge Cory concluded that inquiries were necessary in all of these cases but in particular that of Pat Finucane. Inquiries have taken place or are in the process of taking place into all of these cases except for Pat Finucane.

“It is way past the time that we had a judicial inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane and the Assembly should be united in supporting that position and demanding that British Prime Minister David Cameron proceed immediately with that inquiry.

“The petition of concern is disappointing as the refusal to hold an inquiry is a clear breach by the British government of an agreement with the Irish government and the rest of us.” CRÍOCH/END

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