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Anne Graham’s brother Edgar was killed by the IRA at Queen’s University, Belfast in 1983

Anne Graham’s brother Edgar was killed by the IRA at Queen’s University, Belfast in 1983

Anne Graham’s brother Edgar was killed by the IRA at Queen’s University, Belfast in 1983

Anne Graham’s brother Edgar was killed by the IRA at Queen’s University, Belfast in 1983

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Anne Graham’s brother Edgar was killed by the IRA at Queen’s University, Belfast in 1983

The sister of murdered unionist barrister Edgar Graham has condemned the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane - and said Sinn Fein should do the same in relation to her brother.

Anne Graham was speaking yesterday as she reflected on 30 years since Mr Finucane (39) was shot 14 times by loyalists in collusion with British security forces while enjoying Sunday lunch at home with his family.

While Sinn Fein is demanding a full public inquiry into the murder of Mr Finucane, Anne Graham has been a vocal critic of the party, saying that it has never condemned the IRA killing of her brother.

Mr Graham, an academic and an Ulster Unionist Party politician, was shot dead in cold blood outside the library at Queen's University, Belfast, in December 1983.

Mr Graham was a barrister and law lecturer as well as a promising politician, and had been tipped as a future leader of the Ulster Unionist Party. He was 29 when he was killed. No one has been convicted of his murder.

Last October, Ms Graham openly challenged Sinn Fein's deputy leader, Michelle O'Neill, at an event at the university.

Ms O'Neill agreed at the time to meet with her.

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However Ms Graham told the Belfast Telegraph last night that she does not hold out hope of the party condemning her brother's killing.

"I'm not confident of any Sinn Fein condemnation of my brother's murder but I'm hopeful of having conversations with Michelle O'Neill which will move things forward a bit," she said.

"Both Edgar and Pat Finucane were cut down in the prime of their careers."

Ms Graham said: "Edgar continues to have influence 35 years on. While PIRA did silence him, they could not have made a bigger mess of it if they had tried.

"His legacy is assured and particularly so every time there is a refusal to condemn the murder."

She added: "Edgar was a decent human being who dedicated his short life to serving the community and aiding others. I did not share all his views but I am enormously proud of him.

"His life and career was too short to reflect the promising start he had made. His best years were ahead of him.

"He did not deserve to die as he did. Nor did Pat Finucane.

"I offer my sympathy to his family and my unconditional condemnation of his murder."


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