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Gerry Adams TD urges Irish government to raise Finucane case internationally

22 February, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today raised the Pat Finucane case with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil.


He did so after the Court of Appeal in Belfast dismissed the appeal by the Finucane family against the refusal of the British government to honour its commitment on a Public Inquiry.


Speaking to the Taoiseach Gerry Adams called on the Irish government to bring the Finucane case before the United Nations, the European Union, the government of the United States and to every other available international forum.


Teachta Adams said:


“I have to ask the Taoiseach what the government has done to implement the Weston Park agreement between the British and Irish governments in 2001?


This committed both governments to hold inquiries if a judge appointed to examine these cases recommended this. Judge Peter Cory concluded that four inquiries should be held. Three have taken place. But the British government has refused to hold an inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane.


In October 2011 the British Prime Minister appointed Desmond de Silva to review the case files. The de Silva report was published in December 2012. It revealed a scale of collusion that is staggering.


It serves to reinforce the need for an enquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane.
De Silva revealed that:


·        85% of intelligence that the UDA used to target people for murder originated from British army and RUC sources


·        Agents working for MI5, RUC Special Branch and British Military Intelligence were participating in criminality, including murder.


·        This issue was also considered extensively at British cabinet level and ministers were aware that the agents were being run without guidelines. The director general of the MI5 briefed Margaret Thatcher in 1988.


Pat Finucane’s murder by state agents was not a one-off incident - it was the norm. Collusion was a matter of institutional and administrative practise by successive British governments. It involved the establishing of unionist paramilitary groups; the systematic infiltration by the British of all unionist death squads at the highest levels; the controlling and directing of these groups; their training; and providing them with information on people to be killed.


The role of successive Irish governments in all of this has not been helpful, strategic or as consistent as it could be. That is why I urged the Taoiseach today to develop a strategy that will employ the full resources of our diplomatic service to raise this case with our international friends at every opportunity. This should include bringing the Pat Finucane case before the United Nations, the European Union, to the government of the United States and to every other available international forum.

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