House of Representatives calls for Finucane Inquiry…

Looks like the McCartney killing is not the only one that’s not going to go away. In case you missed the US House of Representatives last night discussed a motion calling on the UK government to establish a public judicial inquiry to look into the killing of Pat Finucane. in 1988. But as Brian Feeney has noted that is a door the British government seems to have shut tightly two years ago. The Pat Finucane Centre has much more detail… H/T Nevin.

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  • Nevin

    OOPS, my error, Mick. Check item 2 re Finucane inquiry on this list

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/R?r110:FLD001:H01000-H01004,H01019-H01020

  • Yokel

    As if the government really care. They only will if they want to.

  • Pete Baker

    From this breaking news report

    On a vote of 364-34 with 25 members voting “present,”..

  • Glensman

    Of course they care… If this issue wasn’t an important one for the Brits they would have had an inquiry by now… problem is they know that they are guilty. Shame on Bertie and Dermot for not putting pressure for these inquiries.

  • Yokel

    Glensman

    I mean’t the Reps motion….

  • overhere

    I wonder will this get the same attention on the media as the spread earlier about the McCartney case ?

    will be checking the BBC to see just how quickly they get thsi on their web page

  • heck

    overhere,

    you gotta be kidding. Don’t you know it’s only fenians who have to “support the rule of law”

  • line in the sand

    I thought the GFA was to draw a line in the sand, to leave the past behind us.

    Why all these inquiries and witch hunts ?

    ps I personally think America sticks its nose into affairs around the world, while behaving no better than colonial britain in its empire days.

  • Nevin

    Would the Police Ombudsman have got a mention in the debate if her investigation had looked at links between police officers and PIRA informers?

  • heck

    nevin

    that sounds like “whataboutery” to me or does “whataboutery” like “the rule of law” only apply to fenians

  • Nevin

    Heck, I’ve already commented on the selective nature of the PO report on collusion. It was hardly surprising that it would be used as a political football.

  • Glensman

    I would like to again point out that it’s time for a truth and reconciliation commission, at this stage *most* people don’t want convictions they want the truth… It’s only after the british government tell the truth abouot their activites in Ireland that the relationship can be improved. Likewise for the IRA to tell the truth for the benefit of the Unionist community…

    What did my mum always say? Quick and painless.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Yokel: “As if the government really care.”

    Of course they care — the Finucane matter isn’t going away and, as their caring made the news, they will care some more down the road. The most dangerous place in the world is between a politician and a source of publicity. It doesn’t hurt that there are still some very Irish enclaves dotted about the country.

    LITS: “I thought the GFA was to draw a line in the sand, to leave the past behind us. ”

    Riiiiiiight. Which is why the topic of the disappeared just went away…

    LITS: “I personally think America sticks its nose into affairs around the world, while behaving no better than colonial britain in its empire days. ”

    And when America doesn’t stick their nose in affairs around the world, y’all bitch and moan about that, too.

  • Nevin

    Glensman, the truth is unlikely to be told by the British and Irish governments, let alone the alphabet soup of paramilitary organisations. I think the best that most of the victims and relatives can hope for is the support of their family and friends.

  • overhere

    Nevin

    THe PO was asked specifically to investigate a murder and in that enquiry uncovered the collusion in the Police department in that area. As I recall she was not asked to investigate collusion over all of NI. I believe that is a can of worms that the British government do not want to open hence the diverting away from the report by the outrage of Sir Hugh and the DUP non stories i=on the BBC news website.

    “mini me” Paisley is saying the the SDLP manipulated the Police Board to offer Sir Hugh the job. Surely “mini me” and his party are also in the Police Board or did they not attend that day, maybe had a holiday or something else to attend,

  • Cromwell

    Time to move on Unionists are frequently told, yet here we have another call for a waste of money enquiry, which if the family dont agree with the results, will be rejected. Just like what will happen when the Bloody Sunday enquiry finishes.
    Likewise, a truth commission would be a joke, you’d have British Civil Servants thinking it was their duty to tell the truth & a bunch of Bon Jovis lying through their teeth because it’s politically expedient to paint themselves whiter than white.
    Its difficult coming from a working class unionist perspective to have much sympathy for Pat Finucane, & as for The Pat Finucane Centre….just another republican pressure group.

  • overhere

    Cromwell, maybe if they did we could then all move on but looks like the dupers are not able to as they continually move goad posts

  • Irish Republican in America

    Dread,

    “And when America doesn’t stick their nose in affairs around the world, y’all bitch and moan about that, too.”

    Excellent point!

  • darth rumsfeld

    oh yawnee yawn yawn
    Tammany Hall is alive and well, and if ya can’t get a dollop out of the pork barrel you find another cheap shot to fool the gullible ethnics.
    So long as Blair is Dubya’s favorite suppository this is just a waste of trees. What next? The senate holds hearings into the Famine? It’s about as powerful an indicator of US policy as an early day motion in Westminster condemning Jade Goody directs the Foreign Office’s policy to India

  • Bono

    ‘I thought the GFA was to draw a line in the sand, to leave the past behind us.

    ‘Why all these inquiries and witch hunts ?’

    Perhaps because witches do much less harm than rogue police and colluding authorities.

  • Nevin

    Overhere, the PO has an open writ. Anyone with a little political gumption would not have followed the selective/partisan route …

  • There are three things at play here:

    One: Nothing EVER ends in the US Congress. It is the house of the undead.

    Two: The Democrats are gleefully screwing the bejaysus out of the Republicans using the rules of the preceding Republican congress but wish to show a semblance of inclusion and bipartisanship. Note the bill’s sponsors include the former Republican bete noires of NI unionism.

    Three: Part of the subtext is that you really grossed all hell out of them when you blew away Rosemary Nelson. Never kill a congressional witness lads, it’s very bad form.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Darth Rumsfeld: “Tammany Hall is alive and well, and if ya can’t get a dollop out of the pork barrel you find another cheap shot to fool the gullible ethnics. ”

    Just ask junior senator from Massachusetts, who is as Irish as gefilte fish on matzoh.

    Darth Rumsfeld: “The senate holds hearings into the Famine? It’s about as powerful an indicator of US policy as an early day motion in Westminster condemning Jade Goody directs the Foreign Office’s policy to India ”

    I would wager that the number of representative who were honestly enusiastic / interested in the items was roughly equal to the one’s who voted against it, with the balance along for the ride and a small marker next time they have a pet item they want passed.

  • steven

    Does this mean that their will be an enquiry into all the other 3,000 killings through the troubles??

    It isnt possible.

  • PeaceandJustice

    Besides McCartney, does the murder of innocents by Sinn Fein-IRA death squads matter to Irish America? Obviously not. And the Pan-Nationalist front in the British Isles don’t care either. How do they get away with it? We have a Pat Finucane Centre. Should we have centres all over the British Isles in the name of people murdered by Sinn Fein-IRA killers? It seems like Sinn Fein-IRA shout loudly about so-called collusion to take attention away from their evil and murderous deeds.

  • Cromwell

    PeaceandJustice,
    Couldnt agree with your sentiments more.
    Its the murderous arrogance of Sinn Fein-IRA & their sycophants that grates most. The only important dead are from their community & what Irish America doesnt know or better still doesnt care is that they killed more of their own than anyone else.
    It was sickening to see Ted Kennedy & his clan all over the McCartney girls like a rash, but when some poor innocent wee prod on his way to work was bumped off didnt want to know.
    [Play the ball – edited moderator]