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Pat Finucane's family right to seek justice, but unionists fail their people by refusing to do same

Gail Walker



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Pat Finucane’s widow Geraldine

Pat Finucane’s widow Geraldine

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Pat Finucane’s widow Geraldine

The frustration, hurt and anger of the family of Patrick Finucane at the Government's announcement this week that it would not be granting a public inquiry into his murder is completely understandable.

Mr Finucane (39) was murdered in the most brutal of circumstances. The Belfast solicitor was sitting down to Sunday dinner when loyalist gunmen smashed their way into his home and shot him 14 times in front of his wife Geraldine and their three children.

Who wouldn't want to see justice for their loved one? It's impossible to imagine the trauma his family endured that February day in 1989, but not hard to see how its outworking still affects them 30 years on. Further, the subsequent investigation into the killing has raised troubling questions about collusion and the role of state agents.


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