Pat Finucane's widow loses appeal for public inquiry

Mr Finucane was shot dead in 1989

Pat Finucane's widow loses appeal for public inquiry

Widow of solicitor Pat Finucane, Geraldine Finucane (centre) with her son John (left) and daughter Katherine (second right), solicitor Peter Madden (second left) and Mr Finucane's brothers Seamus and Martin speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast | Image: David Young PA Wire/PA Images

The widow of Belfast-based solicitor Pat Finucane has lost her challenge against a refusal by the British Government to hold a public inquiry into his murder.

Mr Finucane represented IRA hunger strikers and was killed in front of his family by UDA/UFF gunmen at his home in February 1989.

Geraldine Finucane had appealed against a 2015 judicial ruling that the decision taken by then-Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011 was lawful.

The family have long campaigned for a full public inquiry.

Her son Michael says the decision is disappointing.

"The court found that the reversal of that decision was lawful - but I think everyone knows that doesn't make it necessarily right.

"An inquiry was promised by a previous British government, and that promise should have been kept.

"And I think it's a mark of what the promises of the British Government in Westminster are worth".

A report carried out by barrister Desmond da Silva in 2012 found that employees of the British State and State agents played a key role in his murder.