Deirdre Heenan: Unionism’s reaction to Finucane decision speaks volumes

The continued smearing of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane’s reputation suggests that unionist politicians feel Britain can engage in terrorism without any erosion of moral authority

Pat Finucane was shot dead by paramilitaries from the Ulster Defence Association in 1989. Picture: Pacemaker

The predictable announcement by the British government last week that it will not establish a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane, the Belfast solicitor, has once again thrust the legacy of the Troubles back into the spotlight.

Brandon Lewis, the Secretary of State for the North, told the House of Commons that while a public inquiry would not be held, he was not taking the possibility of one “off the table at ...