Parties unite to call for Pat Finucane killing public inquiry

Pat Finucane
Pat Finucane

source: Belfast Telegraph
published: 22 November 2020

Four of Northern Ireland’s political parties have united to call for a public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. Mr Finucane, 39, was shot by loyalist paramilitaries in front of his family in 1989 amid claims of collusion with state security forces.

In February last year, the Supreme Court ruled that investigations into the fatal shooting of the solicitor have not been effective and fell short of international human rights standards.

The Northern Ireland Secretary, Brandon Lewis, has indicated that a decision over how the Government will proceed will soon be announced.

On Sunday it emerged that four of Northern Ireland’s six largest parties wrote a joint letter to Mr Lewis urging a public inquiry.

A letter, signed by senior members of Sinn Fein, the SDLP, Alliance and Green Party, emphasises that establishing the full facts around the killing is a matter of “the utmost public interest”.

“Thirty years on, it remains a matter of the utmost public interest that questions remain unanswered about who ordered the killing, about who knew what, and when,” they wrote.

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