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Sinn Féin Raise Finucane Case With Blair and Ahern

30 November, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice issues Gerry Kelly said that the issue of the inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane was once again raised this morning by Sinn Féin with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and would be raised tomorrow in talks with the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in Dublin.

Mr Kelly said:

" Sinn Féin have supported the Finucane family in their campaign for a public independent judicial inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. The British government gave a commitment to set up such an inquiry if recommended to do so by Judge Cory.

" The Finucane family have always made it clear that they would only engage with an inquiry if it had the capacity and the powers to get to the truth. The Finucane family have expressed deep concerns that the terms of reference published by the British government relating to the proposed inquiry into Pat Finucanes killing will not reach the truth.

" Successive British government's have been involved in covering up the circumstances surrounding this and other killings. It is long since past the time for this culture of cover-up to end. It is simply not acceptable for British Ministers to be able to suppress vital evidence from a proposed inquiry.

" Sinn Féin will continue to support the Finucanes and indeed other families seeking the truth. We raised the Finucane case today with the British Prime Minister in London and we will again raise the matter in talks tomorrow with the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in Dublin." ENDS

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