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Sinn Féin MEP to address European Parliament after Finucane family meeting

26 January, 2005


Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald will this afternoon deliver a speech in the European Parliament on the case of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. Ms McDonald said that Sinn Féin was "putting the British Government on notice that it cannot hide the truth from either the Finucane family or the European Parliament for much longer".

Ms McDonald said that she was following up on commitments made to the Finucane family last week, that Sinn Féin would raise the issue in the European Parliament.

Speaking from Brussels Ms McDonald said:

"Sinn Féin will be raising the Finucane case with the European Council, Commission, and Parliament in the near future. However today, I wanted to take this opportunity to initially raise the matter and put the British Government on notice that it cannot hide the truth from either the Finucane family or the European Parliament for much longer.

"For 16 years the family of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane have campaigned for a public enquiry into the circumstances surrounding his murder. During that time, cogent evidence has emerged that the police, British Army, and the intelligence services all colluded in his murder.

"Last Friday (21.01.05), both myself and my colleague Bairbre de Brún met with the wife and family of Pat Finucane. We discussed recent developments in the case and their fear that the British government is continuing to hide the truth of Mr Finucane's murder for its own political reasons. Bairbre and I agreed at the conclusion of the meeting that we would explore ways in which this important case, which has implications for every member state, can be raised at a European level." ENDS

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