John Finucane tipped as possible Sinn Féin presidential candidate

John Finucane
John Finucane

Belfast solicitor John Finucane has been tipped as a potential Sinn Féin candidate in the Irish presidential election, RTÉ News reports.

Bookmakers Paddy Power suspended betting on the candidate due to a “string of bets” on Mr Finucane, a long-time campaigner for a public inquiry into the murder of his father, solicitor Pat Finucane.

The younger Mr Finucane has 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.

Mr Finucane is a partner at Finucane Toner Solicitors and failed last year in a bid to be elected as Sinn Féin’s MP for North Belfast.

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