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Peer's backing for Pat Finucane inquiry

By Tom Moseley

Westminster “will soon have run out of excuses” not to hold an inquiry into Pat Finucane’s death, a former Northern Ireland Minister has said.

Lord Dubs said that until there was a full inquiry, “the world will think that the British Government have something to hide”.

Lord Dubs, who held a post in the Northern Ireland Office during the 1990s, was speaking after posing a question on the issue in the House of Lords.

He told peers that demands for an inquiry had come from groups including the UN, the European Court of Human Rights and the US Senate.

In response, Government whip Lord Shutt said an inquiry into the 1989 murder would cause “enormous delay” and “enormous cost”.

Sir Desmond Silva has been appointed to carry out a review of the case, and his findings are expected in eight months.

This week Taoiseach Enda Kenny said there was a “difference of opinion” with the British Government on the matter during a visit to Westminster.

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