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Sinn Féin support for Finucane Campaign as family meet Irish Government

15 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly has reiterated his party's support for the family of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane in their campaign for an independent international inquiry into his murder. Mr Kelly 's comments come as the Finucane family meet with Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern in Dublin.

Mr Kelly said:

" Despite a public commitment after Weston Park 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.

" The British state has from the outset sought to frustrate the Finucane family in their pursuit of justice and truth. They have sought to cover-up the role of their own agents in this and other killings. It seems that this policy is continuing.

" 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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