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Taoiseach must tell British to end Finucane stalling

21 October, 2004

Commenting on the meeting today between the Finucane family and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in Dublin, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly said that it was vital that the Irish government 'make it clear to the British government that the years of cover up and concealment had to end'.

Mr Kelly said;

" Since the murder of Pat Finucane successive British governments have failed to allow the sort of independent inquiry which is acknowledged as the only mechanism which can reveal the truth to proceed. In short they have continued to cover-up and conceal their role in the state sponsored murder of citizens.

" The approach of the British government to the Finucane case in recent weeks has served to reinforce fears that this British policy of concealment is set to continue. It is vital that following today's meeting in Dublin with the Finucane family that the Taoiseach makes it clear to the British government that the years of cover-up and concealment must end." ENDS

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