IAUC responds to British Government refusal to hold Public Inquiry into Patrick Finucane Murder

National President Tom Burke affirmed that the IAUC is outraged over the refusal of the British Government to conduct a full public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane, a Belfast attorney and solicitor who was gunned down on his doorstep by loyalist gunmen in front of his family and whose murder has never been properly investigated by the authorities in the north of Ireland.

In spite of the recommendations of Judge Peter Cory, who was commissioned by the British Government to investigate several high-profile killings, the urgings of many human and civil rights groups, governments and other international bodies, the British Government is denying the Finucane Family the opportunity of an open and transparent process to uncover the truth about this murder including possible collusion by elements in the British secret services and Army that targeted Pat Finucane for his work in defending Irish republicans.

The IAUC affirms the decision of the Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs to denounce this decision and joins others in calling on the British to reconsider a decision that puts expediency before truth.