Downing Street shock

Published Wednesday, 12 October 2011
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As the years have passed by, very little surprises me. But as the grim-faced Finucane family spoke to the media outside 10 Downing Street, I was genuinely shocked.

From my own sources, it was clear Sir Desmond de Silva was to have a key role in the government's proposals.

There was a clear indication an inquiry would be the way the government would proceed.

It was certainly the impression the family had as they headed to London and the meeting with David Cameron.

But it was an angry Geraldine Finucane who told startled reporters the PM had offered a review to be conducted instead of an inquiry.

The obvious question was why?

Is the Government so worried the reality behind the murder is so dreadful, it must never come out?

Has a decision been taken that dealing with the past should be kept at a distance?

David Cameron told me last week there would be no more costly or open-ended inquiries.

In the House of Commons he said he was certain the De Silva review would reveal the truth.

The Finucane family are not impressed.

They are refusing to co-operate with the review and say the campaign for an inquiry will continue.

Politically the local parties took up their predictable positions.

The Irish Government is likely to lodge strong objections but the Prime Minister has made up his mind.

I suspect we have not heard the last of this issue and the past, in general.

Shocks or no shocks.

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Cynical in belfast wrote (1,101 days ago):
Cameron already accepts that there was collusion by the state in this murder so he is surely then, duty bound to find those responsible and put them before the courts. That is what was missing with the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. State involvement in murder should NEVER be acceptable & should be fully and openly investigated with those responsible suitably & severely punished.
Anne in Belfast wrote (1,102 days ago):
I agree with Sam. My father-in-law was murdered by the IRA (going home from his work) he didn't get any enquiry - and hundreds more like him. Why do the Finucane family think they are better or more important than these people!!
Realist in Belfast wrote (1,102 days ago):
Realist - if you are so content with living in a state governed that promotes a 'having your head in the sand attitute', then why not become a communist and relocate to China / Albania ?
Realist in Belfast wrote (1,103 days ago):
DC - you appear to already know the answer and to have made up your mind. No need for an inquiry then? Happy Days, it'll save us taxpayers a clean fortune. Cheers buddy! I'd rather my hard earned taxes went to something that will help me and my family, like hospitals etc, not this nonsense.
DC in Belfast wrote (1,103 days ago):
Sam, you are missing the point completely. It has nothing to do with the other (wrong) deaths which were terrorism acts. The death of Pat Finucane was caused by STATE SPONSORED AND AUTHORISED COLLUSION i.e. by MI5 getting terrorists to carry out their dirty work on their behalf.
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Ken Reid is Political Editor at UTV. His career as a journalist began at The News Letter in 1977, where he remained for seven years. This was followed by stints as the sports editor, and later editor, of the Sunday News, and reporting for the Cork Examiner.

Ken joined UTV in 1994. He says one of his most memorable moments was breaking the Ian Paisley retirement story in 2008.

He's a big fan of rugby (Ballymena to be precise), cricket and football (Everton FC) and loves music, especially blues.

His favourite motto is Everton FC's: "Nil satis nisi optimum"... Only the best is good enough.

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