Gildernew comments following British Government announcement
Commenting on the statement by the British government expressing its regret at the murder of Aiden McAnespie in Aughnacloy in 1988, local MP Michelle Gildernew, who accompanied the family to last weeks meeting with Shaun Woodward said:
“Aidan McAnespie was gunned down and killed after a long campaign of harassment and threats by the RUC and the British Army. It was not an accident. The McAnespie family have fought a long campaign for the truth and deserve immense praise for the way they have confronted a system intent on cover-up and concealment.
“Last week I accompanied members of the McAnespie family to a meeting with Shaun Woodward. At that meeting he informed the family that he would be making today’s statement. It is significant that the British government are for the first time expressing regret about Aidan’s murder and will bring some relief to the McAnespie family.
“But the British government need to reflect long and hard about this case. It is a disgrace that it has taken 20 years of campaigning to get the British government to this point. For years they stuck to and hid behind lies. Unfortunately this has been the approach adopted by the British to the issues of the past and in particular killings carried out by their forces or their surrogates in the unionist paramilitaries. This policy of concealment and cover-up has to end.” CRÍOCH