source: The Irish Times
published: 10 February 2019
Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane was murdered to silence other human rights lawyers, his son has said. This week marks 30 years since Finucane was shot 14 times by loyalists in collusion with British security forces. The solicitor was killed while having Sunday lunch at home with his family. He was 39.
Finucane’s son John was a schoolboy when his father died in front of him. At a memorial event in St Mary’s University College in Belfast on Sunday, he recalled: “Our lives changed forever.”
The solicitor’s best years professionally were ahead of him at the time of his death, his son said. “It was a deliberate decision to kill him, to silence other lawyers and prevent them from doing that type of work”.
“What we see now is a generation coming through with lawyers, people wanting their human rights. I think that is very much a legacy of Pat Finucane and what he stands for and represents.”