John Finucane, son of Pat Finucane, to run for MP

John Finucane
John Finucane

Belfast solicitor John Finucane, a son of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane, will run for election to Westminster in North Belfast.

Mr Finucane, a partner at Finucane Toner Solicitors and a long-time campaigner for an inquiry into his father’s murder, was selected as Sinn Féin’s candidate at a selection convention last night.

In a tweet last night, he said: “I’m very proud to have been nominated to go forward for selection as the North Belfast Sinn Féin candidate for upcoming Westminster election.”

Mr Finucane and his family have consistently called for the UK government to hold an inquiry into his father’s 1989 murder amid allegations of British security forces colluding with loyalist paramilitaries.

Ex-Prime Minister David Cameron previously acknowledged “shocking levels of collusion” after the UK government published the results of a review conducted by Sir Desmond de Silva in 2012.

But campaigners have rejected that review as a “sham” that fell short of a full public inquiry.

At the last general election, Nigel Dodds of the Democratic Unionist Party won the North Belfast seat with 47 per cent of the vote. Gerry Kelly from Sinn Féin came second with 33.9 per cent of the vote.

The DUP has agreed an electoral pact with the Ulster Unionist Party in the constituency, so that Dodds will not face a UUP contender.