Widow backs Finucane claims
Claims that both the British and Irish governments of the time were aware of threats made to murdered solicitor Pat Finucane months before his death have been backed up by his widow, Geraldine Finucane.
Journalist and author Ed Moloney said he became aware of threats to three solicitors, one of whom, Paddy McGrory, got in direct contact with the Irish government over the claims - information that was forwarded to British authorities.
Ms Finucane said on Morning Ireland today that Mr Moloney's position “ties in” with questions she started asking after her husband was murdered in February 1989.
“When Pat was visiting his clients in custody, they were telling him that the officers interviewing them were making threats against Pat, saying things such as ‘Get yourself a new solicitor. Yours won’t be around for much longer,’” she said.
“Pat himself had noted that these threats had been made. They became so common that he just said “threats made” when he was making the notes. He didn’t specifically say what they were at the time, because they were so numerous. I think he felt this was more of an interrogation technique to frighten the client rather than to frighten the lawyer.”
The news comes after a report which examined the nature and extent of state collusion into the killing of Mr Finucane was published yesterday. Ms Finucane dubbed the report a “sham”, a “whitewash” and “confidence trick”.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said there should be a public inquiry into the murder, but British prime minister David Cameron ruled out such an inquiry. Ms Finucane said a public inquiry is necessary, and said report compiler Sir Desmond de Silva always comes down on the government's side.
"Now I think that in itself shows that a public inquiry is necessary, and the truth needs to be exposed. It needs to be questioned fully, and everybody has the right to stand up for themselves."