Kenny to press UK govt for Finucane inquiry

Tuesday 29 November 2011 23.00
Pat Finucane was shot dead in February 1989
Pat Finucane was shot dead in February 1989

The Taoiseach has told the Dáil it is his intention to continue to press the British government to hold a public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

However, Enda Kenny said that during the last conversation he had with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron said he "did not really want to go down the road" of interminable public inquiries.

The Taoiseach was responding to questions from Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin.

Both men said that a public inquiry must take place.

Mr Finucane was shot dead in his home by UDA gunmen in February 1989.

Mr Cameron last month ruled out an inquiry into the alleged role of security forces in Mr Finucane's murder.

Instead, Mr Cameron ordered a senior barrister to conduct a review of the files in the case.

Loyalist Ken Barrett was jailed after admitting his part in the killing. He was released in May 2006 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.