February 10, 2019
Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane was murdered to silence other human rights lawyers, his son has said.
This week marks 30 years since he was shot 14 times by loyalists in collusion with British security forces while enjoying Sunday lunch at home with his family. He was 39.
Mr Finucane’s son John was a schoolboy when his father died in front of him.
Today, he recalled: “Our lives changed forever.”
His father’s best years professionally were ahead of him, his son said.
“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.
“That gives me enormous pride. While they did silence him they could not have made a bigger mess of it if they tried.
“The name reverberates around the world and an enormous amount of credit for that is to due to my mother.”