Northern Ireland

De Silva report not enough say Pat Finucane family

Pat Finucane mural
Image caption A mural of Pat Finucane was unveiled in west Belfast on Sunday

The family of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane have said they do not believe the forthcoming de Silva report into his death will be far-reaching enough.

They were speaking as a mural dedicated to the lawyer, who was shot dead at his home in 1989, was unveiled in west Belfast on Sunday afternoon.

His wife Geraldine has spearheaded a campaign for a public inquiry.

The government instead appointed lawyer Sir Desmond de Silva to compile a report into the death.

The family will travel to Downing Street on Wednesday to find out the conclusions.

Mr Finucane was shot dead by loyalists in north Belfast. There have been long-running allegations of state collusion in the murder.

Speaking on Sunday, Mr Finucane's son Michael said: "I think in a case such as this, you need to be confident in the process.

"It's not just a matter of establishing the facts, it's establishing them in a way that is public and verifiable and reassuring, particularly given the level of controversy about the murder of Pat Finucane

"I'm afraid this process does not inspire confidence and does not reassure anyone."

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