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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Family of slain solicitor vows to fight on

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

THE family of murdered Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane yesterday spoke of their dismay after British Prime Minister David Cameron decided not to hold a full public inquiry into his death.

Mr Finucane's widow Geraldine quit a Downing Street meeting after just 30 minutes.

The family left after Mr Cameron told the Finucane family that a Queen's Counsel would review the papers in the controversial killing, rather than holding a full public inquiry, which would compel witnesses and make findings of fact against individuals.

Mr Finucane's son, the Dublin-based lawyer Michael Finucane, told the Irish Independent that the family could not co-operate with a "paper review" of his father's murder.

"We will not get to participate, we will not get to examine witnesses -- all we are being asked to do is accept the British government's word," said Mr Finucane after the Downing Street meeting.

"A paper review can not make findings against individuals," added the lawyer.

UDA gunmen shot dead Mr Finucane at his home in 1989 and there have been persistent concerns about security force collusion with the killers.

The Finucane family said the reasons put forward by the British government as to why an inquiry would not be held were that of cost, the length of time it would take and that other such inquiries had just not worked.

Last night Taoiseach Enda Kenny pledged the support of the Irish Government to the Finucane family.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore will invite Mrs Finucane to meet the Government next week.

Irish Independent

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