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Adams disappointed at Government stance on Finucane Inquiry

12 February, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD and party leader Gerry Adams has expressed his disappointment at the response of Charlie Flanagan, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, to his request that the government initiate a diplomatic offensive on the Pat Finucane case.

The Sinn Féin leader raised the killing of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane today in the Dáil on the 26th anniversary of Mr. Finucane’s murder. He also raised it with the British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers in a telephone conversation today.

Teachta Adams said:

“Pat Finucane was killed in front of his wife and family 26 years ago today. His murder was carried out by British agents operating with the sanction of the RUC Special Branch and British Intelligence. Pat Finucane’s murder was one of many hundreds as a result of state collusion with unionist death squads.”

The British and Irish government’s committed at Weston Park to hold a public enquiry into his death. The British have reneged on this.”

I reminded Minister Flanagan that the Irish government is a co-guarantor of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements, and that the role of successive Irish governments has not been strategic or as consistent as it could be.”

I urged the government to agree a diplomatic strategy and to raise this issue through all of the international and diplomatic channels open to it.”

I was disappointed with Minister Flanagan’s response. There was no evidence in his reply that the government is prepared to stand up to British bad faith on this issue by initiating a diplomatic initiative to persuade London to honour its obligations under the Weston Park Agreement.” 

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