Press Release from Madden & Finucane Solicitors in response to the statement from the British Secretary of State re delay in any decision on Public Inquiry

11 January 2011

We refer to the statement of Owen Paterson made today in relation to the extension of time to continue discussions:

The Finucane family have campaigned for 21 years for a public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the murder of Pat. The essence of a proper inquiry is independence. The family’s legal team led by Peter Madden of Madden & Finucane, met with the NIO legal team in London in April last year and the discussions then were worthwhile. However, due to the pending general election at that time, a further meeting was postponed.

The M&F legal team met the Secretary of State’s advisors last Thursday 6 January and again the discussions were constructive.

Peter Madden said "Although these were constructive and useful meetings, the fact remains that the independence of a tribunal is fundamental. It is hoped that the family’s concerns will be addressed and that a mechanism will be established which would result in a public judicial inquiry fully independent, which will have the support of the Finucane family, and all those who have supported the family in their long campaign."