At a meeting of the LPNI Executive Committee on the 7th December, 2020, the following motion was passed in relation to the ongoing campaign by the family of Pat Finucane.
The CLP EC fully backs the request of the Finucane family to investigate the facts surrounding the involvement of state collusion in the murder and the insistence of a full public inquiry into the killing.
Following the admittance of Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012 about the “shocking levels of collusion” involving “agents of the state” in the brutal murder of the solicitor in 1989, a public inquiry would be the only just and fair conclusion to such a horrific and traumatising event for the Finucane family.
However, even after the Supreme Court’s ruling in February 2019 had highlighted that not all the “full facts surrounding the killing” had been established, the UK Government has insisted that no public inquiry should take place.
The NI CLP EC would like to echo the words of the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Louise Haigh MP: “This decision is a painful setback for the Finucane family who, like so many victims, just want the truth.”
Finding peace through reconciliation is one of the key principles that our party works towards across both islands, with so many victims of the troubles understanding the hurt that such a disappointing decision has and continues to bring about.
We hope these words of sympathy for the Finucane family can act as some level of support for them in their endeavour for the truth and a word of encouragement that those with the power to carry out such an inquiry can do so.
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