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Government abandons plans for Finucane inquiry

Published 24/04/2008

The Government appears to have abandoned plans to hold a contentious public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane 19 years ago.

Mr Finucane's family say they have been told that the British Government stopped preparing for the inquiry 18 months ago because of the family's refusal to co-operate.

The Finucanes were boycotting the new investigation because it was being held under legislation that would give ministers the power to decide what evidence was made public.

Despite this, John Finucane, the murder lawyer's son, says the British Government has reneged on its promise to hold an independent inquiry.

Speaking ahead of a meeting with the Taoiseach today, he said the family, the Irish Government and the international community have all been misled about the situation.

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