Public inquiries into conflict-related deaths
Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 March 2021
The issue of public inquiries into conflict-related deaths in Northern Ireland has been in a public arena for a number of years. Calls for investigations by independent panels of some cases – such as the murder of solicitor Patrick Finucane – gained international attention and were subject to wide campaigns by families of victims, national and international organisations, and political representatives. Such inquiries were seen as particularly necessary in cases where there were long-standing allegations of collusion between state forces and paramilitary organisations and where any other process of investigation was seen as unsatisfactory.