MEP slams govt defence of withholding Aidan McAnespie report

GALWAY daily matt carthy

A Midlands–North-West MEP has hit out at the government after it defended its decision not to publish a report into the killing of a 23-year-old man by the British army almost 30 years ago.

Matt Cathy MEP took to Twitter to criticise the government, saying that its position is cowardly and shameful.

“The Irish government shamefully refuse to release information they have. It is a shameful & cowardly position,” the Sinn Féin MEP said.

Aidan McAnespie, who was a Sinn Féin election worker, was shot dead by the British army as he made his way to a GAA pitch  30 years ago, seconds after passing through an army checkpoint at Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone.

The Irish government asked Deputy Garda Commissioner Eugene Crowley to carry out an inquiry but his report has never been made public.