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Irish government should live up to its responsibilities over Pat Finucane killing - Hazzard

9 December, 2015 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said the Irish government needs to live up to its responsibilities to the family of Pat Finucane. 

Mr Hazzard said; 

“The fact that the failure of the British government to live up to its commitment to establish an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane has been raised by the Dublin government at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg is welcome. 

“I welcome the fact that the Irish government has raised Pat Finucane’s murder in Europe.

“However, this does not absolve the Irish government's failure to effectively challenge the British government on this and other legacy cases, including the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, before and during the recent talks. 

"The Irish government, as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements, has a responsibility to ensure that commitments made in those agreements are met, particularly the commitment made in the Weston Park Agreement to hold an inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane. 

"Charlie Flanagan and his government have a clear responsibility in all of this. They cannot continue to present themselves as a disinterested observer. 

"The Irish government need to get serious and fulfil their responsibilities to the family of Pat Finucane and to the other victims of British state murder and collusion by challenging the British government over its ongoing attempts to deny justice to hundreds of families." 

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