Government must now press British on Finucane inquiry — Adams
Speaking in the Dail today in the wake of the report of the Smithwick Tribunal, Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD called on the Government to increase pressure on the British Government to honour its commitment to establish an inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane.
Commending the government for fulfilling its Weston Park commitment to hold an inquiry into the killings of RUC officers Harry Breen and Robert Buchanan, Mr Adams also said he was very mindful that at the heart of the Smithwick Inquiry were two bereaved families. He said he hoped the report would bring some measure of closure for them.
He drew the attention of the Tanaiste to what he said were clear contradiction in Justice Smithwick’s conclusions:
“On the one hand he concludes that the Tribunal ‘has not uncovered direct evidence of collusion’. But then, in a clear contradiction of this and on the basis of circumstantial and untested intelligence, Justice Smithwick accepts that ‘on balance of probability’ some form of collusion occurred.”
He said what Smithwick defined as collusion was very different in form and scale from that which occurred as a matter of policy between British agencies and their allies in unionist paramilitaries.
“The British state was responsible for structured, institutionalised collusion with unionist paramilitaries. Everyone here knows this.
“This includes the Dublin/Monaghan bombings. The British government arrogantly disregards the unanimous all-party Oireachtas motion calling on it to provide vital information about these bomb attacks.”
Pointing out that the Pat Finucane Inquiry is now the only Inquiry agreed to at Weston Park that has not been held, he asked the Tánaiste if the Government would, as a matter of priority, “increase its lobby, including internationally, on the British Government to honour its commitments and establish the promised public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane?”
Mr Adams also called for the Government to explore Sinn Féin’s proposal for an Independent International Truth Commission to deal with the legacy of the conflict.