The Finncain family described the British government’s decision not to hold a public inquiry into Pat Finncain’s murder as “surprising, arrogant and cruel.”
The family has promised that the campaign will continue until their questions are answered.
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In a statement, the family said: “There is only one reason to ask the local police to investigate a case involving members of the British Army, Security Services and former government: it means they will be untouchable.
It was the internalization of this problem to Northern Ireland that allowed those responsible for the murder of Pat Finncaine to go unpunished.
Failing to establish a public inquiry into the assassination of Pat Finn Cain, the British government not only against my family, but also the Irish government, local, national and international political parties, political institutions, legal and human rights groups, and internationally. “
John, the son of Pat Finkain, said his family was “very angry” and had no qualms about insulting the decision.
John Finncaine said Brandon Lewis’ response was insulting. He said he had waited 31 years for an effective investigation into his father’s murder.
“We are very angry. What the British government has suggested to us today is nothing short of insulting.”
“At all times the British government continues to make the wrong decision and they make every effort to ensure that the truth of what happened to my father is not exposed to daylight and that they want to suppress it.”
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His brother Michael said his family was disappointed but not surprised by the British government’s decision.
Speaking after a virtual call with Mr. Lewis, Michael said: “I think we were outraged and outraged at the Secretary of State’s conclusion in this regard, because he suggested that the case could be resolved through a local investigation. Police in Northern Ireland.
“Looking at the evidence in this case and the agencies involved, I do not think anyone would suggest with any kind of credibility that the local police can handle this.”
He said the proposal was inadequate.
“It simply came to our notice then [Brandon Lewis] Severe dissatisfaction is no doubt, he added.
“They seem to be relying on analysis from previous inquiries they have been sitting on for five years.”
Taoist Michael Martin said he was disappointed that the British government was not committed to conducting a public inquiry, as agreed between the British and Irish governments in 2001.
He said the decision would be a further setback for Gerald and his family, the widow of Pat Finn, who has been pursuing truth and justice with dignity for three decades.
Martin said the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has not ruled out a future public inquiry. He added that the Irish government continues to be strong in its view that a public inquiry is needed.
“Dealing more broadly with legacy issues from the past is a shared challenge. In this context, no matter how difficult past commitments may be, it is important to cultivate public trust and confidence,” he said.
Foreign Minister Simon Cowney said: “It is the firm and firm position of the Irish government that only a full and independent public inquiry, as provided under the 2001 West Park Agreement, will yield satisfactory results in this case.
In a case like this, where Prime Minister Cameron acknowledges that there are “shocking amounts of alliances,” the state has an undeniable responsibility to do everything possible to restore public confidence through a process that meets relevant international standards and obligations. Effectiveness, independence and transparency.
Michelle O’Neill, Deputy First Minister Sinn Fin, said the decision was shameful.
Sinn Fin leader Mary Lou MacDonald tweeted, “Only a public inquiry can reach the truth. That is why successive British governments have refused to establish it.”
DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson called for a holistic approach to the tradition of allowing all innocent victims access to truth and justice.
He said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s decision, and we condemn the assassination of Pat Finkane.
SDLP leader Kolam Eastwood described the decision as “insulting”.
The decision to reject the public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finncaine is disgraceful.
The Secretary of State sent a very clear message to all victims seeking the truth – they would not receive it from the British government. pic.twitter.com/XKJnTS6stn
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Former Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said the horrific events in the Pat Fincaine case should not obscure the work of the majority of those who have served in the police and armed forces.
They said: “As (Brandon Lewis) put it, the murder of Pat Finncaine is a heinous and shocking crime, and the state intervention recorded in the de Silva review is utterly unacceptable.
Northern Ireland Shadow Secretary of State Louis Haye said: “I understand he is not conducting a public inquiry in the future. Why does he not realize this opportunity to give it now?”
“It’s shocking that this crime can happen in our country, it can never be justified to a legal level, and we have to ask ourselves, like all traditional issues with issues, do we take it to a lower standard? Mention, don’t victims in Northern Ireland deserve the same transparency and justice?
Richard Neal, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the British House of Representatives, expressed disappointment at the British government’s decision.
Neil co-authored a letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson from members of the US Congress asking them to establish an investigation.
“I am just happy to be free. I think there was optimism and hope that a full investigation would take place, ”Neil told RTE News.
“All the evidence at the time points to a collective, so I think Geraldine Fincain and her family deserve a full review, not just authenticity, but the weight of history,” he added.
Neil said he hopes an investigation will take place in the future.
“I hope this process will help further scrutiny and scrutiny and bring peace and comfort to members of the Finocaine family,” he said.
Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle called the decision a “terrible perversion of justice.”
Boyle tweeted that a public inquiry was too late.