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Statement by An Taoiseach on the UK Supreme Court judgement in the case of Pat Finucane

Speaking following the delivery of the judgement of the UK Supreme Court in the case of Pat Finucane, including the unanimous decision that an investigation compliant with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights has not been held into the murder of Pat Finucane, An Taoiseach said:

The Finucane family and the British government will wish to consider this judgment in full. The Government will also be examining the judgment closely. 

The Government’s position is that an independent public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane should be established, in line with the political commitments made by the British and Irish Governments at Weston Park in 2001. The Government has made this position consistently clear to the British Government, and will continue to do so.

I have met with the Finucane family in recent months, as has the Tánaiste, to confirm the Government’s ongoing support for their search for truth and justice. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is in ongoing contact with the family at this time.