Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

“Recently we have seen a letter written to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, by Stephen Farry MP Alliance Party, and leaders of Sinn Fein, the Green Party and the SDLP calling for yet another public inquiry into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane who was killed in 1989. This has been an ongoing call for over thirty years now. We will never be able to completely move forward as a society while there is a continuing effort by those who wish to rewrite the history of Northern Ireland to suit their own narrative. The continued public inquires we have seen, such as those into Bloody Sunday and Rosemary Nelson, only serve to play into the hands of those who wish to rewrite history, and the only winners are the solicitors and barristers who make millions from taxpayers’ money and drag the process on for years.”

“Public inquiries have only served to divide the communities in Northern Ireland with those from a Unionist/Protestant background seeing successive UK governments feeding public inquiries costing millions to largely one section of society and creating the perception that murders during the troubles from one side of the community are more important than those from the other community. People from a Protestant/Unionist background increasingly feel that their loved ones do not matter and that they are second-class citizens in their own country as successive governments have given into the demands of one section of the community whose motives are more about rewriting history than getting to the truth. If the UK government were to grant yet another public inquiry, you can be sure it would not be the last and serve only one section of society.”

“Northern Ireland can only ever fully move on if everyone is treated the same, or if there is a process put in place where everyone from all sections of society, can find the truth of what happened to their loved ones during the troubles. All murders during the troubles from both sides were wrong, and all families equally deserve the truth. The UK government was right not to hold a public inquiry.”