Son of Pat Finucane nominated to run as Sinn Féin candidate in North Belfast

The party is 'confident' they can return a nationalist MP for the first time in the constituency

Son of Pat Finucane nominated to run as Sinn Féin candidate in North Belfast

John Finucane. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

A son of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane has been nominated to run as a Sinn Féin candidate in next month's UK election.

John's father Pat was killed in 1989 by Loyalist paramilitaries in alleged collusion with British intelligence services.

John Finucane - who is a solicitor and a campaigner for an inquiry into his father's death - says he is "proud to have been nominated":

Mr Finucane is being nominated by Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly.

Mr Kelly said: “I am proud to be nominating John Finucane to carry the torch for Sinn Féin in next month’s Westminster election on June 8th. John will be seconded by my colleague Carál Ní Chuilín MLA.

“This election is a contest between those who want the north to remain in Europe, who stand for equality for rights and for Irish unity and the DUP who support a hard Brexit, support Tory cuts and who have set their face against equality and rights."

He added: “I am confident that in John Finucane we can return a nationalist MP for the first time in the history of North Belfast and between now and June 8th we will be pulling out all the stops to make this possible.”

If confirmed at a party convention tomorrow night, Mr Finucane will contest the seat that has been held by the DUP's Nigel Dodds since 2001.