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Concerns expressed over delay in inquiries

22 June, 2004

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP has expressed his concerns that the British government are dragging their heals on establishing the public inquiries demanded by Judge Cory into a number of high profile killings.

Mr Doherty said:

" The British government received Judge Cory's Report last October. They sat on it for months before finally publishing a censored version. At that time they committed themselves to holding three public inquiries but have repeatedly failed to give such a commitment in relation to the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

" Yet months on it seems that little actual progress has been made on establishing the three inquiries which the British government have announced are to go ahead. I would share the concerns raised by these families over the current slow pace being adopted by the British government.

" Given the record of the British government in these maters and the culture of concealment which exists at the heart of the British system there is obviously real concern that there are those within that system who are determined to continue to suppress the truth. That would be completely unacceptable.

" Sinn Féin will continue to support the families of those killed through the British State policy of collusion and murder in Ireland as they search for answers from the British government and we will continue to raise these maters with both governments in our ongoing discussions." ENDS

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