Emer Brennan argues in Daily Ireland that there is no alternative for the British government but to accept the pain of holding a public enquiry into the murders of Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson:
The Finucane and Nelson murders were also world news; the fact that they were both lawyers crystallized minds, for if legal representatives cannot operate without threat what chance have the rest of us?
Tony Blair’s government wants to see the killers of Robert Mc Cartney brought to justice quickly. They should practice what they preach and help the Finucane family and many other families find some kind of closure too. In some cases it may be difficult, if not impossible, but that is no reason not to try.
Yes, inquiries are expensive, long winded and can often be ultimately disappointing and inconclusive, but what cost is too great for truth, for justice and ultimately for peace?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty