Remembering Irish Human Rights Lawyer Patrick Finucane (March 21 1949 – February 12 1989) [2020]

“After a seven-month legal battle the prime minister has finally been forced to publish her secret order but we are a long way from having transparency. The public and parliament are still being denied the guidance that says when British spies can commit criminal offences and how far they can go. Authorised criminality is the most intrusive power a state can wield. Theresa May must publish this guidance without delay.”

Maya Foa — Director of the human rights group Reprieve (May 2018)

“If you report a crime that happened within the organisation, then the whistle-blower is the one accountable and not the person who committed the crime.”

Annie Machon — Former MI5 Officer

Patrick Finucane (March 21 1949 – February 12 1989) was an Irish human rights lawyer killed by loyalist paramilitaries acting in collusion with the British government intelligence service MI5.  Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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UPDATE (February 12 2020) — John Finucane (Patrick Finucane’s son) is a Sinn Féin councillor. John Finucane became Lord Mayor of Belfast in 2019.

In September 2019, the Finucane family launched legal action in an attempt to force the government to hold a public inquiry.

In October 2019, it was reported that the security service MI5 had wiped secret information from computer hard drives.


To this day, not a single member of the British security services has been prosecuted.

In 2011, British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Pat Finucane’s family and admitted the collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and the British government intelligence service MI5.

Hundreds of people join with the family of murdered human rights lawyer Pat Finucane at the 2019 annual lecture named in his honour and delivered by Gerry Adams.

Champion in the fight for Justice Pat Finucane remembered


Pat Finucane — Wikipedia


Remembering Irish Human Rights Lawyer Patrick Finucane (March 21 1949 – February 12 1989)

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