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Finucane - No delay in publication of terms of reference

24 September, 2004

Sinn Féin President Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP, speaking after meeting with the family of Pat Finucane, has said that there are 'serious concerns about the British governments approach to the demand for a full independent judicial public inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane'.

Speaking after meeting the Finucane family, Mr McGuinness said:

"The British governments record on the issue of collusion between its departments and agencies and unionist paramilitaries has been one of denial, concealment and cover up.

"The announcement yesterday from the British government has only served to reinforce the fear that this approach to the issue of collusion continues.

"It is vital that the terms of reference for this inquiry are published immediately in order to address the concerns of the Finucane family and all those who support their demand for a full independent judicial public inquiry into the killing.

"The British government has implicitly accepted that a public inquiry into Pat Finucane's killing is a threat to national security and that the issue of collusion goes to the heart of the British governments policy in Ireland.

"Sinn Féin reiterated at today's meeting that we will continue to be guided by the views of the Finucane family." ENDS

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