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Video: Sinn Fein's John Finucane palms off questions on IRA violence

Sinn Fein's North Belfast general election candidate John Finucane has stopped short of condemning the IRA at a campaign event.

Mr Finucane, whose solicitor father Pat was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in February 1989, is going head to head with DUP candidate Nigel Dodds in the race for Westminster.

Sinn Fein is hoping that Mr Finucane's candidacy will end decades of unionist domination in the constituency.

Yesterday, ahead of a Sinn Fein 'Meet your candidate' public event at the Lansdowne Hotel, the Belfast Telegraph asked Mr Finucane directly if he condemned the IRA.

While Mr Finucane acknowledged that "a lot of people in this society have been caused hurt", he did not outrightly condemn the terrorist group.

He stated: "I think my unique personal and professional background would show that really a lot of people in this society have been caused hurt. I think everybody in this society is entitled to truth, is entitled to justice.

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