Gilmore renews Finucane inquiry call
The Government has renewed its call for a public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane following the publication of the de Silva report.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore told the Dáil this afternoon that the Government would press the case for it at every opportunity.
“I think it is important that this house maintains what has been a very clear all-party position on this, which is to seek a public inquiry,’’ he said.
He said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny had already spoken to British prime minister David Cameron on the issue. Mr Gilmore said he would discuss the report with Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.
Mr Gilmore was replying to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.
Mr Martin said the report did not meet the fair and objective criteria of a full investigation into the murder.
“I am calling on the Government to reiterate its support for a full independent inquiry,’’ he added.
Mr Adams said Mr Cameron had sought to use the review as a pretext for denying the family a public inquiry.
“The report reveals some of the extent to which collusion existed, but it does not diminish the need for a public inquiry,’’ he added.
“On the contrary, it makes such an inquiry more necessary.’’