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Patrick Finucane

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Irish Government and (b) the Finucane family since his decision not to hold an inquiry into the death of Pat Finucane.

Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Since my announcement to the House on 12 October 2011, Hansard, columns 335-37, I have had discussions with An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and other representatives of the Irish Government regarding my decision to establish an independent review into the murder of Patrick Finucane. The Government have had no further contact with the Finucane family since their meeting with the Prime Minister and me on 11 October. I understand from the press release made by the Pat Finucane review on 10 November that they have recently written to the Finucane family seeking a meeting with them at the earliest opportunity. I remain hopeful that the family will co-operate with the review.

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