Geraldine Finucane has the face of a woman used to suffering deeply private pain in public. It is clear that immense strength must be needed to maintain that composure.
For 30 years she has had to stand in the glare of cameras in front of lawyers’ offices, court rooms, parliament, 10 Downing Street, and elsewhere, describing the latest way in which successive British governments have thwarted her in her quest for the truth to be revealed about the murder of her husband, Pat, in 1989. But last week she appeared hardly able to contain her anger and distress.
No wonder. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, had just announced that the UK government would not order an independent inquiry into the murder. He did so almost two years after the UK Supreme Court unanimously found that the state had failed to date to meet the standards required under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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