Pat Finuncane murder: Durkan meets Finucanes over public inquiry call

Foyle MP Mark Durkan speaking at this week's parliamentary event commemorating the 26th anniversary of the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.
Foyle MP Mark Durkan speaking at this week's parliamentary event commemorating the 26th anniversary of the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has met the widow and son of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane at Westminster this week to discuss how the issue of a full public inquiry into the 1989 killing could be taken forward in the aftermath of May’s General Election.

Mr Durkan, who held a private meeting with Geraldine and John Finucane after attending this week’s parliamentary event commemorating the 26th anniversary of the murder, said:

“This parliamentary event was a good meeting of MPs and peers which included strong presentations by John Finucane, former Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan and Geraldine Finucane.

“During the event, I highlighted a previous meeting I had with Tony Blair in which he described the contents of government files on the murder of Pat Finucane as ‘scary’.

“However, 26 years on, all the levels and layers of collusion in this case have yet to be uncovered, and the fight for truth and justice continues.

“I met Geraldine and John afterwards to discuss how the issue of a full public inquiry could be taken forward and made more prominent on the agenda of an incoming government.

“I also welcome this week’s commitment given to the family by shadow Secretary of State Ivan Lewis that a full public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane would take place under a Labour government – especially given that former Labour Secretaries have not followed through on this before.”