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Post-election delay to Rosemary Nelson inquiry findings

A date for the release of the findings of a public inquiry into the murder of solicitor Rosemary Nelson (right) will not be fixed until after the May 5 Assembly election, the Government has announced.

The inquiry team had already said it hoped to have its long-awaited report into the allegations of security force collusion in the killing completed by the end of April.

But while Secretary of State Owen Paterson confirmed the completion of legal checks of the document, to ensure its contents do not endanger any individual or compromise national security, he said a date for the report's publication would not be set until after the Assembly election.

The murdered lawyer and 40-year-old mother-of-three was killed when a bomb planted by the loyalist Red Hand Defenders detonated under her car as she left her home in Lurgan, Co Armagh, on March 15, 1999.

Mrs Nelson's clients included a number of high-profile republicans, while she also took on the role of legal adviser to a Catholic residents' group that opposed Orange Order marches in the Drumcree stand-off.

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