A judge has lifted a ban on naming five people facing charges of membership of the IRA and other offences from more than a decade ago. They include Seamus Finucane, a Sinn Fein member and brother of the murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.
The BBC had challenged the ban.
The BBC cannot reveal full details of the charges in the case – but can reveal the names of those involved after reporting restrictions were lifted. Mr Finucane, 55, is a member of Sinn Fein and a community worker in west Belfast.
My goodness! What a scurrilous and surely unfounded allegation. A member of the Finucane family allegedly in the IRA, a terrorist organisation?? I certainly do not believe a word of it and am relieved to see Seamusb is a “community worker”- the salt of the earth – as we all know here in Northern Ireland.
However if these wicked allegations were to be proven true, Seamus would NOT be the first Finucane to have served the Provos. Would he?
“Pat Finucane’s brother, John, an IRA man, was killed on active service in a car crash in the Falls Road, Belfast, in 1972. Another terrorist brother Dermot successfully contested attempts to extradite him to Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic, while a third brother was the fiancée of Mairead Farrell, one of the IRA trio shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar in 1988.”
It’s a bit of luck that with so many members of this family having served the IRA that Pat himself was an intrepid human rights lawyer, fighting for justice. Here’s hoping Seamus is proven innocent.