Durkan speaks out in support of Hillsborough disaster families

Tue, 18/10/2011 - 11:02 -- Editor

The SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has spoken of his support for the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and of the bond between them and the Bloody Sunday families.

Speaking during a debate about the tragedy in the House of Commons, Mr Durkan said: “This campaign touches everyone who seeks justice. A group of my constituents have a particular sense of empathy and solidarity with the families of the 96 — the Bloody Sunday families, who have developed a very strong bond with those families.

“In a different way, they can empathise with exactly what families suffer whenever they have to struggle against indifference, injustice and insult and whenever survivors have to endure calumny and are asked by the powers that be, in the media and elsewhere, to carry some of the blame of that day.

“This issue touches many people, and the families of the 96 have all our hearts.”

The Hillsborough disaster occurred on 15 April 1989 at Hillsborough, a football stadium, home to Sheffield Wednesday FC in Sheffield. Ninety six people died, 766 people were injured, all of them fans of Liverpool FC.  It remains the deadliest stadium-related disaster in UK history and one of the worst ever international football accidents. The match, a FA Cup semi final tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, was abandoned six minutes into the game after it became apparent fans were being crushed.