Northern Ireland

Candlelit vigil held to remember Pat Finucane on eve of 35th anniversary of solicitor’s murder

Pat Finucane's widow Geraldine and son John Finucane, the MP for North Belfast, at Sunday evening's vigil. PICTURE: MAL MCCANN (Mal McCann)

A vigil has taken place in north Belfast to remember human rights solicitor Pat Finucane 35 years after his murder by loyalists.

The 39-year-old solicitor was killed by UDA gunmen who burst into his family home and shot him in front of his wife and three children on February 12 1989.

One of his children, John Finucane, is now the Sinn Féin MP for north Belfast.

A vigil marking the 35th anniversary of the killing of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane. PICTURE: MAL MCCANN (Mal McCann)

He was among those to attend Sunday night’s vigil on the eve of the anniversary of his father’s murder, which was held at the Antrim Rd and Fortwilliam Drive junction.

Attendees were asked to bring a candle in memory of Mr Finucane, whose family continue to lobby for a full public inquiry into security force collusion in the murder.

Addressing the vigil, victims campaigner Andrée Murphy, of the Relatives for Justice group, said: “For this family it has been 35 years of seeking truth, justice and accountability. For the rest of us it has been an example of courage, tenacity and generosity.

“For the Finucanes have never sought truth and justice only for themselves. They have always framed their personal grief, loss and struggle in the policy of collusion that did not just take their husband, father and brother’s life, but took the lives of hundreds of others.

“They always knew it was not just about the loyalists that pulled the trigger, but about the policy makers that provided the information, gun and cover up. Not just in Pat’s case but as their military policy in Ireland.”