Family Motto: Faith and Fortitude
Pat graduated in Law from
Trinity College Dublin.
“Dad represented anyone who asked for his help, religion or politics didn’t matter to him. He was just a brilliant legal advocate who succeeded in exposing what the state was doing.That is why he was murdered.”
As an outstanding solicitor, he exposed the physical abuses of suspects being questioned by police in Castlereagh and Gough police stations.
January 1989: Pat Finucane won a landmark case forcing the RUC officers to give evidence at Shoot-To-Kill inquests which had been repeatedly adjourned throughout the 1980s as the policemen involved refused to give evidence. The British government immediately announced it would appeal the ruling to the House of Lords.
12 February 1989: Pat was shot dead in front of his wife and young children as they sat down to Sunday dinner on at their home in Belfast.
The gunman, the man who supplied the weapon and at least one other loyalist involved in the plot were security force informers
Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister DUP member Sammy Wilson “What makes the death of Pat Finucane any more tragic or important than the death of RUC officers or UDR soldiers or ordinary shoppers and workmen who were murdered by terrorists over the last 35 years?“
Martin Finucane, (brother) “The murder went to the heart of the security services, the judicial system and indeed government. It is a prominent example, perhaps the most prominent we have yet witnessed, of collusion, the state’s policy of murder by proxy, using Loyalist assassins as the killers.
“Pat’s case is the very definition of an everyman crime because his murder was something that could have happened to any of us if the whim or ‘interest’ of the state decreed it,”
2001: the Irish and British governments asked Justice Peter Cory,
a former Judge of the Canadian Supreme Court to conduct a review of six cases involving allegations of collusion and to make recommendations on the need for inquiries. The two Governments agreed to act as the judge recommended.
2004: Justice Cory stated he “had found sufficient evidence of collusion to warrant a public inquiry and recommended one should be conducted as soon as possible”
Since 2004, the British Government has repealed all existing laws relating to public inquiries.
2005: Inquiries Act 2005, Sections 19 and 20 give government ministers exclusive power to restrict public access to information and to order that all or part of “public” inquiries should be held in private. The Irish government, Sinn Fein and the SDLP severely criticized this Act
Mrs Finucane: “They appear to be saying that, unless we agree that British government ministers should be allowed to control what information the inquiry is permitted to examine in public, there will be no inquiry at all,”
Query : What is the truth?
Answer: What the Government wants us to know — nothing more, nothing less.
prominent British lawyer, and former United Nations Chief War Crimes Prosecutor in Sierra Leone was appointed to head a Review into collusion by the security services and other agencies of the state in the 1989 murder of the high profile Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane.
12 December 2012: The Review shows
Here’s Panorama’s view of what Brian Nelson, Ken Barratt, the FRU, the Stevens Inquiry and RUC Special Branch had to do with the murder of Pat Finucane