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British must deliver on Pat Finucane Inquiry

12 February, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has demanded that the British government “honour its Weston Park commitment and hold a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane on this date in 1989.”

Mr. Adams said:

“Today is the 26th anniversary of the killing of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane.

“Pat was shot to death in front of his wife, Geraldine, who was also shot, and his children at their home in north Belfast on February 12th 1989.

“I want to commend Pat’s family for their courage and diligence in demanding a public inquiry into his killing. Their trauma and stress has been made all the greater because of the intransigence of the British government and its refusal to honour its commitment at Weston Park to hold a public enquiry.

“In 2001 the British government agreed with the Irish government to invite Judge Peter Cory to determine the need for an inquiry. Judge Cory reviewed the files and concluded that there should be an inquiry.

“The British government has refused to implement the Weston Park agreement.

“This is a repudiation of an international agreement between the British and Irish governments.

“Collusion was a matter of institutional and administrative practise by successive British governments. David Cameron has admitted there was collusion in Pat Finucane’s murder and apologised to the family. But the Finucane family want the public inquiry that the Irish and British governments promised.

“There is an onus on the Irish government to go beyond polite requests to David Cameron that are brushed aside and ignored by the British Prime Minister. When I raised this issue with the British Prime Minister during the Stormont House talks the Taoiseach never said a word.

“The government needs to put in place a vigorous political and diplomatic strategy to raise this case with our international friends in the USA and Europe at every opportunity.”

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