Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has severely criticised the refusal of Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to release the Crowley Report into the death of Aidan McAnespie.
Matt Carthy said:
“The announcement by Minister Charlie Flanagan that he will not publish the Crowley Report into the killing of Aidan McAnespie by the British Army is an insult to the McAnespie family and will be greeted with dismay by all those seeking truth and justice about the death of their loved ones at the hands of state forces during the conflict.
“That this announcement was made on the sad occasion of the 30th anniversary of Aidan McAnespie’s death makes the decision all the more hurtful and disappointing.
“As someone who knows many members of the McAnespie family personally, I want to commend them on the dignified manner of their campaign for truth and justice, which has been denied for far too long.
“The publication of the Crowley Report is a vital step in getting to the truth of the death of this young Irishman.
“The McAnespie family will continue to receive my full support and that of my party in their campaign for truth and justice about the death of Aidan.”