Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has said that the report on the 23 year old Tyrone man, who was shot dead in broad daylight while crossing a British Army checkpoint in Aughnacloy, must be made public.

An Teachta Tóibín stated:

“Today marks the thirty-second anniversary of the British Army killing of Aidan McAnespie. The 23-year old was shot dead while crossing a British Army checkpoint in Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone on 21 February 1988.

“The young Tyrone native was killed while on his way to the Aghaloo Gaelic grounds. Then Garda deputy Commissioner Eugene Crowley wrote a report into the killing, but the report has never been released. Thirty-two years after Aidan McAnespie’s killing, Charlie Flanagan, the Minister for Justice, continues to refuse to make the Crowley report public.

“Aontú reiterates our complete support for the Gaelic Athletic Association’s call for the release of the Crowley Report into the British Army killing of Aidan.

“Aontú adds our voice to calls for the report’s publication. We urge Charlie Flanagan to release the report into the killing and to recognise the unnecessary and cruel suffering caused to the McAnespie family by successive governments’ refusal to release the report.”