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Adams writes to Taoiseach on Pat Finucane Case

14 December, 2012 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has written to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging him to “initiate an extensive examination of all documents in the Department of the Taoiseach, Foreign Affairs and Justice relating to the north and identify those which could assist the family in refuting the British government’s effort to frustrate the Finucane family’s demand for a public inquiry…

the Irish government needs to shift into a higher gear in support of the family. A strategic approach is required that would see the government use its diplomatic services across the globe and its influence in the USA, in the EU and at the United Nations, where the Irish government now sits on the Human Rights Council, to win support for the Finucane family.”

Mr Adams called for a trawl of government documents after revealing that the then Taoiseach Charlie Haughey phoned PJ McGrory following the murder of Pat Finucane and promised to raise the RUC/UDA threat to his life with Downing Street.

The Sinn Féin leader is also dismissive of the British Prime Minister’s claim that British Government Ministers were not aware of the extent of Brian Nelson’s role as an agent.

Teachta Adams points out: “Nelson is believed to have been involved in at least 15 murders, probably many more and scores of attempted killings.

Far from prosecuting Nelson fully and in order to prevent the detail of Nelson’s role as an agent being scrutinised in court Patrick Mayhew did a deal with Nelson. The murder charges against Nelson were dropped.

It was agreed that Colonel Gordon Kerr, the head of the Force Research Unit, which ran many of the collusion operations, would give evidence supporting Nelson.

The British Minister of Defence Tom King, who was Secretary of State for the north at the time of the killing of Pat Finucane, provided a letter of commendation for Nelson.

And the British Prime Minister John Major held a meeting just before the trial with the north’s Lord Chief Justice Brian Hutton and the trial judge Basil Kelly.

It is clear that there was significant knowledge among senior British Ministers about the role of Nelson, working as an agent of the British government, and that they moved to cover it up.”

The Sinn Féin leader also reveals that in conversation with PJ McGrory who was his lawyer, the Belfast solicitor told him that “the UDA was saying that the RUC was putting it under pressure to kill himself, Pat Finucane and Oliver Kelly.

PJ told me he briefed the Irish government who said they would raise it with the NIO.

Hours after Pat Finucane was killed an Irish government official was in PJ’s home speaking to him about the threats.

The then Taoiseach Charlie Haughey phoned and told PJ that he would take this matter up with Downing Street…

Is there a record of PJ’s conversation with the Taoiseach and with other departmental officials?

Did the Taoiseach, Mr. Haughey, raise this matter with Downing Street or the NIO?

What information has the government on the many allegations of collusion than were being made then and since?”

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