Finucane truth 'yet to be exposed'

Published Tuesday, 11 February 2014
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The widow of Pat Finucane has said she believes the full truth behind his murder has yet to be exposed - but when it is, it will affect other families.

Finucane truth 'yet to be exposed'
Geraldine Finucane spoke to UTV about her quest for an inquiry. (© UTV)

Geraldine Finucane spoke to UTV ahead of the 25th anniversary of her husband's death.

In an in-depth interview, she said she will continue her fight for a full public inquiry into the horror of what happened inside her own house on 12 February 1989.

"I am not angry, I am not angry but I am determined that the truth will be exposed, I mean that is what we have been fighting for all these years - the truth," said Geraldine Finucane.

"And the truth in Pat's case will expose a greater truth that will affect a lot of other people."

Pat Finucane, who was 38, was shot dead by UDA/UFF gunmen at his north Belfast home as he sat down for Sunday dinner with his wife and three children.

Allegations of collusion between security forces and loyalists surrounded the murder.

Twenty-five years on he is not here to enjoy his grandchildren, do with them what he did with his own children and that does make me very sad.

Geraldine Finucane

Geraldine Finucane, who was also injured as the killers opened fire, still lives at the same address - something which she says can surprise people.

"Sometimes people are surprised that I stayed in this house when something so dreadful happened, but it was my home and I didn't want the people who had murdered my husband to put me out of my home," she explained.

"I didn't see why I should leave, so I stayed and it is still our home."

In December 2012, a 500-page report into Pat Finucane's death - ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron and headed up by Sir Desmond de Silva QC - found that agents of the state were involved in the murder and that it should have been prevented.

It also found that there was no state conspiracy in the fatal shooting of Pat Finucane, but found "shocking" levels of state collusion.

It's a recognised practice to throw muck but in Pat's case it didn't stick because it wasn't true in the first place.

Geraldine Finucane

At the time of the report's release, Mrs Finucane said her family had been "misled and humiliated in a cruel and unnecessary fashion" when they were invited to Downing Street in 2011, only to be told that there would be no public inquiry, but instead a review.

Reflecting on what happened that day, Geraldine said: "I didn't want to say things in anger but it was a bad day, a really bad day for the family. I was angry that day but I can't let that hinder me from moving forward and still pressing for the enquiry that is necessary."

Since filming the UTV interview, Geraldine travelled to the United States this week with her son Michael as they continue with their campaign.

Meanwhile back in Belfast a new mural dedicated to Pat Finucane was unveiled on Tuesday.

Asked what she would say to David Cameron now, Geraldine Finucane replied: "The same as I had said to him at the meeting - that he chose a wrong path, the review was not the way to move forward and he should have been strong enough and brave enough to order an inquiry.

"The Labour government say that if they get back into power it's one of the first things they are going to do, so there again, hope springs eternal."

© UTV News
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7 Comments
Ryan in An Dun wrote (72 days ago):
People have the cheek to come on here and talk about the good name of the RUC and UDR. What's their answers to collusion? There is clear evidence of collusion in this case of Pat Finucane and it's only a matter of time before the rest of the truth does come out. What about the families of the victims of the Loughanisland massacre, Ballymurphy Internment massacre, not to mention the countless murders in Portadown/Armagh when loyalist murder gangs colluded with the UDR. Taken from the book "Lethal Allies - Collusion In Ireland"."In 1974, Loyalists had killed 131 people on both sides of the border, yet the UDR (between 5 and 15% of whose members were in the UDA,UVF and other loyalist groups, according to the British Army's own internal assessment) was playing an increasingly vital role in counter-insurgency with its intelligence-gathering operations strengthened". Are they still whiter than white?
Gerald Brady in Cork wrote (72 days ago):
What exactly have the Britsh Authorities to hide by not holding a public enquiry? Obviously they want to hide the truth because it is very incriminating on the British Government at the time. Also they have decided that any revelations that come out as a result of such an Enquiry will have such widespread ramifications that the truth must never come out. The British Government obviously believe that deceit is much more important than the truth.
Down in Down wrote (72 days ago):
Truth will never be exposed inany dearhs.
Patrick in Belfast wrote (72 days ago):
Any state being involved in the murder of any solicitor or anyone in the law profession, would be condemned strongly by the British government (notably Russia), but when it's their government implicated they won't back an open, public inquiry. Duplicity. The costs from Saville can be off putting but their is a responsibility here, and there is the question of public trust and credibility. It may take a change of government before we see the full truth come out.
Lorna in Belfast wrote (72 days ago):
Good on you Geraldine, it's people like you who should be in our political forefront, but as usual, good people are left behind by the power-mongers. I was four when Pat died and it's unreal that you have been fighting all these years to get to the bottom of it, one day you will and I hope that day comes soon and will make an almighty change to this place.
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