Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Dublin pledges Finucane support

Geraldine Finucane

The Irish Government has pledged to support the family of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane after Prime Minister David Cameron refused to grant an official inquiry into his death.

Speaking in the Irish parliament, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said if Geraldine Finucane was not happy with the outcome of her meeting with Mr Cameron, the house would not be happy either.

He was responding to comments from Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams who called for the Irish Government to challenge Mr Cameron's proposal to organise a QC-led review into the loyalist shooting, rather than a full inquiry which a judge had previously ruled was needed.

Mr Adams said: "I think the Government needs to press it and very, very hard. This is once again the British Government looking to play a long game on this issue and it isn't fair."

The Taoiseach agreed, saying all parties in the Dail were behind the Finucanes. He said he spoke to Mr Cameron who had informed him of intentions for the Finucane case.

"He indicated to me it was his intention to get to the truth of this matter as quickly as possible and to issue an apology on the death of Pat Finucane," he said.

"I told him that the house had always supported Geraldine Finucane in her search for the truth and the issues surrounding the death of her husband. I haven't changed my mind and I indicated quite clearly that if Geraldine was not happy with what was on offer then clearly we would not be happy either."

He said Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore will invite Mrs Finucane to meet the Government next week to discuss the meeting with Mr Cameron and to establish how to move forward.

"I respect the Prime Minister's wish that the truth should be arrived at in the shortest time and that an apology should go to those who are bereaved of the loss of their father and husband," said Mr Kenny. "There is no price you can put on the truth," he added.

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