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Sinn Féin will continue to support the Finucane family

8 February, 2006

Speaking after yesterdays unsatisfactory meeting between the Finucane family and the British Secretary of State Peter Hain, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice issues Gerry Kelly pledged his party’s ongoing support to the family in their campaign for the truth.

Mr Kelly said:

“ The Finucane family have for many years been campaigning for the establishment of an Independent International Inquiry to establish the truth surrounding the murder of Pat Finucane in Belfast in 1989. Sinn Féin has supported the Finucane family in their campaign throughout this time. Throughout these years the British State has continued to cover up the role played by its agents and agencies in this killing.

“ Despite a public commitment to establish an inquiry into this killing the British government have subsequently brought forward legislation which, in the view of the Finucane family would ensure that any inquiry held within these parameters would not deliver the truth. This situation is unacceptable.

“ Sinn Féin will continue to support the Finucane family in their campaign for the truth. It is also important that the Irish government do likewise. They need to make it clear to the British government that the sort of concealment and evasion which has been the mark of the British government approach to this case up until now and also to the inquires established into the Dublin/Monaghan bomb and the Seamus Ludlow case is unacceptable and must end and end.” ENDS

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