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Secretary of State to meet Pat Finucane family

The family of Northern Ireland solicitor, Pat Finucane, who was shot dead by loyalists in 1989 has been invited to meet the Government to discuss the possibility of an inquiry, MPs have been told.

Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson said he had written to relatives of Mr Finucane so he could hear their views on his murder.

The 39-year-old father-of-three was repeatedly shot in front of his family at their north Belfast home on February 12, 1989.

Mr Finucane's clients included high-profile republicans and he began to receive threats after successfully representing IRA suspects.

During Commons question time, Labour’s Meg Hillier asked whether the coalition Government intended to carry out an inquiry.

Mr Paterson said there had been a “long-running exchange” between the Labour Government and Mr Finucane's family on the issue. “Before I decide how I propose to approach this question, I want to get the views of the Finucane family for myself,” he said.

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