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Pat Finucane

#Finucane: was Nelson a rogue or rogue agent?

Tue 3 December 2013, 4:30pm
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Tweet The Attorney General is going to find it harder and harder to sell his no more inquiries, no more investigations proposal. Particularly so when the improvised methods of ‘investigation’ appear to have been little more than tactics for the British government to avoid decommissioning its own violent legacy. Far from finally drawing a line […] more »

The Haass agenda on the past. The release of documents must include MI5′s and others in the secret state

Mon 16 September 2013, 5:22pm

Tweet The remarks by Teresa Villiers on dealing with the past will surprise no one. They serve as a reminder of who is ultimately in charge, despite bashfully standing on the sidelines.  The era of public inquiries is over. For good or ill there will be no public inquiry into Finucane, the “Ballymurphy massacre” or any other […] more »

Finucane allegations – put up or shut up

Sat 15 December 2012, 2:42pm

Tweet   Ruth Dudley Edwards, quoted approvingly in the News Letter, has exposed the posthumous indictment of Pat Finucane in the Daily Telegraph that deeply offends the family and repels more than supporters of a public inquiry.  It’s important to say that the Prime Minister accepted the findings of the de Silva report following Stevens, […] more »

#Finucane: this report is a sham, this report is a whitewash

Wed 12 December 2012, 4:58pm

Tweet So now we’ve had the publication of the latest report into the killing of Pat Finuance in 1989 courtsey of Rt Hon Desmond de Silva QC (full text here). The surprise that David Cameron articulated in the Commons today, much like with Saville, is merely the formal admission of what has long been accepted by most other […] more »

The sad tale of tolerating torture that hangs over us today

Mon 29 October 2012, 10:05am

Tweet Ian Cobain a  senior reporter on the Guardian is on Radio 4’s Start the Week ( listen on  BBCiPlayer or RadioPlayer after 10 a.m. or the repeat at 2100 live tonight).  I strongly recommend a listen. The author of Cruel Britannia: a secret history of British torture, he gives a calm and convincing account […] more »

“There are sometimes occasions when frank disagreements arise between states…”

Mon 17 October 2011, 11:20pm

Tweet After meeting with the Finucane family to discuss the UK government’s decision “to conduct an independent review to produce a full public account of any state involvement in the murder”, rather than open an inquiry under the 2005 Inquiries Act, UTV reports Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore’s comments Speaking after a meeting with […] more »

While Ireland still holds these graves…

Fri 14 October 2011, 8:00am

Tweet There is nothing that casts the gulf in language and empathy between nationalists and any sort of long term reconciliation within the UK in such stark contrasts as episodes like Pat Finucane’s murder by agents of the state, and, the unfolding of the subsequent attempts by the state to simulate a process of legal and judicial redress. Both nationalism and unionism regularly struggle under […] more »

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