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Enda Kenny's Finucane probe call is 'deeply unhelpful'

Tensions between the Republic and Northern Ireland could be inflamed by the recent visit and actions of the Irish prime minister, the DUP has warned in the Commons.

Nigel Dodds welcomed movements by the Northern Ireland Office to “draw a line under” the Finucane issue.

But, at Northern Ireland questions, he warned: “Do you agree the decision of the Irish prime minister Enda Kenny to reopen this issue is deeply unhelpful to north-south relations and in fact invites comparisons to his attitude to neuter the Smithwick Inquiry investigations into the deaths of RUC officers?”

Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson said: “The review into the Finucane case is going ahead. That is the decision of this Government and we believe it is the right decision. We inherited the impasse from the previous government calling for an inquiry.

“We know there are strong feelings in Dublin on this issue, but I would assure you we will not let this damage the relations we have with the Republic.”

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