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Finucane probe hampered by ghosts of past

I Concur with John McLorinan (Write Back, December 18) on the need for a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.

After all, there is more than anecdotal evidence that the forces of law and order colluded with sectarian loyalists in the murder of Pat Finucane, although frequently dismissed as republican propaganda.

There were also disturbing findings from the Stevens and Stalker/Sampson inquiries, although unreleased to the public, that security forces operating beyond the law was widespread.

Prime Minister David Cameron, in spite of his public acknowledgement of state collusion in the murder of Pat Finucane, has set his face firmly against the holding of a public inquiry, as was recommended by retired Canadian supreme court judge Justice Peter Cory.

Former prime minister Tony Blair had given an assurance to the Finucane family to hold a full public inquiry into his killing.

The ghosts of Rosemary Nelson and other murders hovering in the background will ensure no public inquiries will be offered.

TOM COOPER

Dublin

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