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Finucane judgement a watershed moment in campaign for access to truth and justice – Mary Lou McDonald TD

27 February, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed the ruling of the British Supreme Court in relation to the murder of Pat Finucane.

Deputy McDonald raised the need for a full public inquiry with the Taoiseach in the Dáil today.

She also paid tribute to Geraldine Finucane and her family for “never backing down in the face of British government’s intransigence and denial."

Speaking in the Dáil, the Sinn Féin President said:

“Today’s judgement is a watershed moment in the campaign for access to truth and justice about collusion.

“This morning, the British Supreme Court has ruled that previous inquiries into Pat’s murder ‘did not have the capability to establish salient facts into Pat’s death.’

“As such, it has found that an inquiry, compliant with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, into Pat’s murder has not been held and that none of the previous inquiries have satisfied Article 2 obligations.

“The withholding of information on the part of the British government and the disregard shown to victims in the Courts is a feature of many other cases also - this must stop.

“At Weston Park in 2001, the British government agreed to a public inquiry into Pat’s murder. That has not yet happened.

“The British government should now immediately fulfil its obligation to hold a public inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane. I welcome the strong commitment of the Taoiseach to relay this demand to the British Prime Minister and her Government. This must progress without delay.”

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