GAA BACKS PUBLICATION OF McANESPIE GARDA REPORT

1 March 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Delegates at this year’s GAA Congress have backed a Tyrone County Board motion calling for the Garda report into the killing of Aidan McAnespie by a British soldier at Aughnacloy 31 years ago to be released to his family. The 23-year-old was shot dead after passing through a security checkpoint close to the border as he made his way to Aghaloo GAA grounds on February 21st 1988. After Mr McAnespie’s death the Irish government appointed the then Garda Deputy Commissioner Eugene Crowley to carry out a separate inquiry.

The findings were presented to justice minister Gerry Collins in April 1988 but despite several requests to the Minister for Justice have never been made public or released to the McAnespie family. Tyrone County Board Chairman, Michael Kerr, addressed the sensitive issue at Congress last Friday. He said: “On behalf of Tyrone GAA, I wish to commend (former Ard Stiúrthóir) Páraic Duffy on his stewardship of our Association. Shortly before he vacated office he called on the Irish government for the release of the Crowley Report into the killing of Aidan McAnespie in Aughnacloy in 1988.”

“I am aware that the McAnespie family appreciated Páraic’s support and that of the GAA community in Tyrone and across the country. Yesterday (Thursday) was the 31st anniversary of the shooting of this member of our Association as he made his way to play a football match for his club, Aghaloo O’Neills, against Killeeshil.” Mr Kerr continued: “The Irish government at the….

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