Aidan McAnespie

Twenty three year old Aidan McAnespie was shot in the back and killed in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, moments after walking through a border security checkpoint in 1988.

In 2022 Aidan’s family finally secured a trial into his death and last November, the soldier who killed him was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced.

This has been a long battle for Aidan McAnespie’s family but it demonstrates that families are entitled to, and should be able to seek, justice before the courts.

This right would be removed by the Tory government’s Northern Ireland Troubles Bill which will give de facto amnesty to those responsible for grave violations of human rights by the state and paramilitaries.

The Workers Party applauds the resilience of the McAnespie family and demands an end to the Northern Ireland Troubles Bill which will only deprive families of justice.