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Bairbre de Brún pledges renewed support for Finucane family

2 November, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has said that she is committed to assisting the family of Pat Finucane "both at home and at a European level in order to establish an independent international inquiry into the solicitor's death".

Ms de Brún made her comments after she met with members of the murdered solicitor's family in Belfast today.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"Both I and my colleague Mary Lou McDonald met with the Finucane family earlier this year to discuss their ongoing quest for justice following Pat Finucane's murder in February 1989. We have kept in touch with the Finucane family in the interim and have been very concerned at the attempts by the British government to block any hope of a proper independent inquiry into his murder.

"Sinn Féin has raised this issue with the British Government on a number of occasions. However, today‚s meeting is a recognition in many ways that the British government is not going to act responsibly towards the Finucane family in the absence of international pressure.

"We discussed practical ways in which the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane can be kept in the European spotlight and pressure kept on the British Government to deliver on its commitment of a public inquiry. The Finucane family are rightly frustrated at the British Government's attempts to block an independent inquiry as part of the state cover up in the aftermath of his murder.

"Sinn Féin is committed to assisting the family of Pat Finucane both at home and at a European level. Today's meeting focussed on practical steps we can take to provide support in the time ahead." ENDS

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