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Wexford Borough Council calls for full independent inquiry into the death of Pat Finucane

4 October, 2004

Wexford Borough Council has called on the Taoiseach to insist that the British Government conducts a full and proper independent public inquiry into the killing of Belfast Solicitor Pat Finucane.

Speaking after his motion received the unanimous backing of all parties at Monday nights meeting of the Borough Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Anthony Kelly said:

"It is outrageous that 15 years after the murder of Pat Finucane and despite promises made to Judge Cory, that the British Government can now state that they will only hold an inquiry after changing legislation in order to protect their own national security interests.

"Michael Finucane was correct when he said that the truth about his fathers murder would rock the foundations of the British state. Of course a proper public inquiry will affect British national security interests, and of course they will try to stymie this if they are allowed. But the Taoiseach must not allow them to block the truth once again. The Irish Government stood meekly by while the British blatantly refused to co-operate with the Barron Inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. They cannot continue to stand idly by while the truth is being continually blocked for the sake of 'British national security'." ENDS

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