Secretary of State's Rules of Engagement in Northern Ireland

A memo from a private secretary to the Secretary of State in 1975 suggesting that the SoS would like to see '... some form of dispensation permitting the Forces to open fire in an emergency without fear of subsequent legal action.' The author speculates that compensation claims by the relatives of t...

Project Launch and Family Day Highlights

The Pat Finucane Centre recently secured funding from the European Union's Peace IV Programme to support our Recovery of Living Memory Archive (RoLMA) project. To celebrate, we invited the families we work with for an afternoon of speeches, food, and community.

Statement from Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs re 'Hooded Men'

Statement issued by Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD in which the government requests of the EcHR that the case of the 'Hooded Men' be reopened in light of new revelations.

Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee

PFC's Anne Cadwallader and Justice for the Forgotten's Margaret Urwin spoke to the Oireachtas on the topic of the Good Friday Agreement's implementation on 12 October.

PFC submission to Committee of Ministers re McKerr & ors v UK

Below is the PFC's recent submission to the Committee of Ministers concerning the McKerr group of cases. We have also attached the statement by the Irish Government to the CoM and their response issued today. Copies of other useful documents can be found on the Council of Europe website and the deci...

PFC and Justice for the Forgotten in Portadown Public Meeting

The PFC and JFF will present some of the hard evidence upon which our conclusions are based at a public meeting, 7.30pm, Wednesday 20 September in Portadown, County Armagh.


This weekend Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans are organising a protest in London entitled "I AM DENNIS HUTCHINGS". (11am at Horse Guard Parade London). Hutchings is currently being prosecuted for the attempted murder of John Pat Cunningham, a vulnerable adult, in Benburb in 1974.(Full case deta...

MI5 and the 'Hooded Men'

MI5 and the Hooded Men: The role of David Eastwood in Operation Calaba In recent months, the Pat Finucane Centre has uncovered an array of new evidence pointing to the use of waterboarding and electric shock treatment by army and RUC interrogators in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

Families Bereaved By The Glenanne Gang Still Waiting To Hear From PSNI

FAMILIES WAIT TO HEAR FROM PSNI Five weeks since the High Court ordered the PSNI to meet with the Glenanne families, nothing has been heard. The deadline of 4 September has passed without a word from the PSNI hierarchy or their lawyers. By now, an agreement should have been reached on a way forward.

"Becoming an Orphan: Losing Both My Parents And My Idyllic County Tyrone Childhood"

Eamon Devlin, his two brothers and their sister, Patricia, lost both parents in an attack on their home in County Tyrone in May 1974. Gertrude and James Devlin were victims of the so-called "Glenanne Gang" whose members included RUC and UDR men. Here, Eamon tells his story to Peter Carroll for the U...