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Pat Finucane review: Patterson defends no public inquiry

The Northern Ireland Secretary, Owen Patterson, has defended the government's decision not to hold an independent public inquiry into the murder of a north Belfast solicitor by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989.

Pat Finucane's family was invited to Downing Street on Tuesday to receive a formal apology, after the government accepted the results of two inquiries, which found that state collusion had taken place. But they walked out of the meeting after David Cameron refused to hold an independent public inquiry into Mr Finucane's murder.

In a statement to MPs, Mr Patterson said he was "disappointed" at the reaction, and that a further inquiry would not achieve anything.

  • 12 Oct 2011