Pat Finncaine’s widow explains the British decision not to hold a public inquiry into her murder

Pat Finncaine's widow explains the British decision not to hold a public inquiry into her murder

Belfast Solicitor Pat Finncaine called the British government’s decision not to hold a public inquiry into his death “disgraceful.”

Geraldine Fincain also accused British authorities of being “arrogant” in ignoring the UK Supreme Court’s finding that all previous trials of murder had failed to comply with human rights standards.

Brandon Lewis, Secretary of the Northern Ireland Announced yesterday There will be no immediate public inquiry into the murder, despite requests from the Finocaine family and the Irish government in the UK.

Solicitor, 39, representing Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries during the conflict, was shot dead in February 1989 at his family’s home in North Belfast.

It was later found that the attack was carried out in collaboration with the state.

Geraldine Fincain and the couple’s three children have been campaigning for decades for a public inquiry to establish the extent of security forces’ involvement.

Despite the announcement by the British government yesterday, Geraldine said the Finocaine family would heed the decision and continue to fight for her husband.

“I will not be on the road as long as my body is breathing,” she told RTE’s Morning Ireland. “Today is a new day. We will take stock and move on. ”

Although the British and Irish governments agreed to hold a public inquiry in 2001 as part of the Weston Park Agreement, no such inquiry has yet taken place.

Geraldine revealed that Lewis had personally told him that the British authorities had nothing to investigate and that a review of the murder would not be necessary.

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“I can’t put it into words like I think, but not everyone seems to sing from the same hymn,” she said.

“The Irish government has remained steadfast in its view that a public inquiry is necessary,” Taoist Michel Martin said yesterday.

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Geraldine claimed that some information about the murder had not yet been released, but added that it was difficult to continue with a public investigation.

She lashed out at the British government for avoiding an investigation, revealing that she had been influenced by her family’s efforts to find out the circumstances of her husband’s death over the years.

“All I can say is, I don’t want this on anyone. Everyone deserves to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones, ”she said.

“It simply came to our notice then. It not only affects me, it affects every person who suffers and is left in the dark about what happened. ”

Foreign Minister Simon Cowan said yesterday that the government would ask for a reunion with the Finocaine family “to hear their views and concerns.”

With reporting from the Press Association.

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