Hillsborough mum inspired by ‘Sunday’

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The mother of a teenager who died in the Hillsborough football disaster says the Bloody Sunday families are a hugh inspiration in her quest for justice.

Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James and 95 other fans died in the 1989 tragedy, was in Dublin last week to speak to a Liverpool FC supporters group.

She pledged that, just like the relatives of those murdered by British paratroopers in Derry in January 1972, they will eventually expose what they believe was a police and government cover-up of the truth of what happened in April 1989.

She said: “I have been to Ireland a number of times and the support there has always been a big help to us. We have always admired the Bloody Sunday families and how long they fought to get the truth.

“When the [Saville] report came through last year, we were so delighted for them as they have been such an inspiration. It has given us hope that, even after all the time we have been fighting for the truth about Hillsborough, we can and will get there,” she said.

Margaret says she is still haunted by the horror of the day: “The one biggest memory I have of my son is not a good one... He wasn’t even in the recovery position. Who can say he was even dead at the time?

“If he had received help, he may have been able to breathe again and survived.”

The survivors of Hillsborough, says Margaret, are still “living with the pain” but can’t move on “until the real truth comes out.”

“They are suffering just as much as the families of those who died. They need peace as much as we do.”

The Hillsborough families received a boost last week when MPs at Westminster agreed to debate the issues around the release of Cabinet minutes relating to the tragedy. The parliamentary debate will take place next month.