Pat Finucane debate leads to MLAs clash

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MLAs have clashed during an assembly motion calling on the government to order a public inquiry into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane in 1989.

The SDLP put down the motion which said that the government was reneging on commitments to hold an inquiry.

During the debate, DUP MLA Edwin Poots said that a former IRA man had alleged that Mr Finucane was at IRA meetings in a capacity other than as a lawyer.

Both Sinn Fein and the SDLP strongly objected to Mr Poots' comments.

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