In the matter of an application by Geraldine Finucane for Judicial Review

Geraldine Finucane, widow of Patrick Finucane, has lodged an appeal against the judgment and Order of Mr Justice Stephens made on 8 September last.

Stephens J. held that the Secretary of State was justified in reneging upon a commitment made at Weston Park that if a public inquiry into Pat’s murder was recommended by retired Canadian judge, Justice Peter Cory then the British Government would establish a public inquiry.

Pat Finucane (1949 - 1989)

Pat Finucane (1949 – 1989)

Geraldine Finucane’s solicitor, Peter Madden of Madden & Finucane said:

“It was demonstrated by internal communications between the Secretary of State and his officials, and in documentation disclosed in the course of the judicial review application, that the Secretary of State had already closed his mind to the type of inquiry envisaged by Judge Cory and promised by the British Government in 2001.

“He had engaged in a sham exercise, inviting representations from the family as to the model of inquiry which would be acceptable to them in circumstances where he had absolutely no intention of establishing such an inquiry.

“A full independent and international tribunal of inquiry where documents will be examined in public and witnesses shall be compelled to attend and be cross examined by Geraldine’s lawyers, remains the only model capable of achieving the truth of Pat’s murder.”