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Any Return of Border Checkpoints 'Regressive' - Fitzgerald

Published: 19 April, 2016

Sean McAnepsie, Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald, John McAnespie, Martina Anderson MEP, joined by Assembly candidates Declan McAleer and Barry McElduff

Sean McAnepsie, Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald, John McAnespie, Martina Anderson MEP, joined by Assembly candidates Declan McAleer and Barry McElduff

Any return to border checkpoints would be a regressive step and should be resisted at all costs in the event of an exit from the European Union according to Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald. The people of the north, as well as England, Scotland and Wales will go to the polls on 23rd June in a referendum on the issue. Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald, whose cousin Aidan McAnespie was killed by a member of the British Army at a border checkpoint in Aughnacloy in 1988, was speaking at an event hosted by Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson in Omaghs Community House last Friday. Joining Councillor Fitzgerald at the meeting were Aidans Father, John, and brother, Sean.

Addressing the meeting the Sinn Féin councillor said:

'No one wants to return to the days of checkpoints on the roads between Aughnacloy or Emyale or anywhere throughout the north. Aidan and many young men were harassed and threatened at these checkpoints and any suggestion that these be reintroduced in the event of an exit from the European Union should be resisted at all costs. I am joined by Aidans father and brother tonight who are backing Sinn Féin in our view when we say that the reintroduction of border checkpoints would be a regressive step. We have deeply held views in regards these issues which people will be asked to vote for in June. We as a party are of the view that we should remain within the EU and are asking people to endorse this view by voting Yes on June 23rd.