11 January 2006

Finucane family in plea over murder inquiry


11/01/2006 - 14:14:55

The family of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane today repeated their call for the British government to reveal the full truth about his death.

Mr Finucane’s widow Geraldine and family members are meeting with political party leaders in Dublin in their campaign for an independent statutory inquiry into the 1989 crime.

“We are meeting the party leaders to ask them to persuade the Taoiseach [Bertie Ahern] to put pressure on the British government to reveal full details of Pat’s murder,” Mrs Finucane said.

The family is meeting Green Party leader Trevor Sargent, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Tánaiste and Progressive Democrat leader, Mary Harney this afternoon.

The Finucanes are concerned that any inquiry into Mr Finucane’s death under the Inquiries Act 2005 will gag witnesses and restrict information.

“We don’t believe the truth will come out at all with the Inquiries Act,” Mrs Finucane added.

Mrs Finucane and family members recently met Ulster Unionist Party leader Reg Empey with Church of Ireland Archbishop Robin Eames, as part of a series of meetings across the political divide inside and outside Northern Ireland.

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