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The Newry Democrat, 12 December 2006:

Widow opens Newry's Pat Finucane Centre

A Newry branch of the Derry-based Pat Finucane Centre was officially opened by the murdered solicitor's wife, Geraldine, yesterday to coincide with International Human Rights Day.

The new office in Abbey Yard will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will provide advice and information to people concerned about collusion.

The office is being managed by Alan Brecknell, whose father was killed by the Red Hand Commando in a loyalist attack on Donnelly's Bar in Silverbridge in 1975.

"I have been working with the Pat Finucane Centre for five years working with between 30 and 40 families from Armagh, Tyrone, Newry, Louth and Monaghan area and there was an opportunity to open an office in the area and we wanted to take it," he explained.

"It gives people an opportunity to come in and talk to us, receive advice and find out how our work is going with the different cases we are involved in."

Mr Finucane, a prominent defence solicitor from north Belfast, was shot dead in his home in front of his family by the UDA in February 1989. The loyalist paramilitary group said they shot Mr Finucane because he was a member of the IRA, an allegation repeatedly denied by the Finucane family who believe collusion between loyalists and the security forces was involved.

Speaking at the opening of the new centre, Mr Finucane's widow Geraldine, said: "It's very important to open this centre in Newry following on from the recent publication of the report into the collusion that went on in this particular area and I think it's vital that the Pat Finucane Centre has an office here so it's made easy to contact them and follow up on the work."

Welcoming the opening of the centre, Sinn Fein councillor Brendan Curran said: "Anything that highlights the situation surrounding the collusion and killing of Pat Finucane or anything that helps bring the whole episode to an end I would welcome."

"It's absolutely fantastic," added SDLP councillor Gary Stokes. "There's as much need for a centre like this in Newry as anywhere else and I would invite people to come in and use it as much as possible."

To contact the Pat Finucane Centre, telephone (028) 3025 1491.

L-R: Alan Brecknell, office manager of the Pat Finucane Centre, Newry, Maura McKeever, Mrs Ann Brecknell. Margaret English, Paul O'Connor from the Pat Finucane Centre in Derry, and Geraldine Finucane, widow of the murdered solicitor Pat Finucane pictured at the opening of the new office in Newry.

Photograph L-R: Alan Brecknell, office manager of the Pat Finucane Centre, Newry, Maura McKeever, Mrs Ann Brecknell. Margaret English, Paul O'Connor from the Pat Finucane Centre in Derry, and Geraldine Finucane, widow of the murdered solicitor Pat Finucane pictured at the opening of the new office in Newry (Photograph from The Newry Democrat)

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