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Sinn Féin MEPs to raise Finucane case in European Parliament

21 January, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has today said that "Sinn Féin will bring the case of Pat Finucane to the European Parliament".

Ms McDonald was speaking after herself and Bairbre de Brún MEP met with the family of Pat Finucane in Belfast.

Speaking in Belfast, Ms McDonald said:

"The purpose of today's meeting with the family of Pat Finucane was to receive an update on recent aspects of the case. It is perhaps not surprising that the present British Government continues to resist a full public inquiry into his murder.

"After all, the policy of employing loyalist death squads was endorsed at the highest political level. Successive British governments‚ have never accepted responsibility for the deaths which resulted from this policy. The Finucane family, and hundreds like them require closure. Instead they have been met with walls of silence, denials and cover-ups for many years.

"Today's meeting gave us the opportunity to ascertain what we as MEPs can do to assist the family in their search for the truth. We intend raising this matter in the European Parliament, to highlight the case and lobby on behalf of the family. We intend to bring international pressure to bear on the British Government to hold a full independent inquiry into his death.

"Sinn Féin will continue to support the family of Pat Finucane, and all of those who have been murdered at the behest of the British State, in their pursuit of truth and justice." ENDS

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