Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

McArdle refused to assist in review of Travers murder

Scandal: Stormont adviser Mary McArdle was jailed for her role in the murder of Mary Travers

Sinn Fein special adviser Mary McArdle refused to help the Historical Enquiries Team in its review of the murder of Mary Travers, it has been revealed.

The senior civil servant did not respond to a request from HET staff conducting a review of the 1984 murder of the young teacher which has been given to the Travers family.

Sinn Fein, however, insisted the HET team did not ask for a meeting with Ms McArdle, but instead asked her to pass on any further information — which she did not have.

McArdle, who was appointed a special adviser by new Stormont Minister Caral ni Chuilin last month, was 19 when she was arrested shortly after the young teacher was gunned down when an attempt was made to murder her magistrate father Tom and her mother Joan.

The HET report, which has been in the possession of the Travers’ family for a number of months, is understood to confirm that one of the guns found in McArdle’s possession was used in eight murders carried out by the IRA.

It was recovered with another weapon concealed in surgical stockings worn by her as she attempted to transport the guns away from the scene of the attack at Derryvolgie Avenue in south Belfast.

The gun is believed to have been used in the murder of William McConnell, an assistant governor at the Maze Prison who was gunned down outside his home in Hawthornden Drive in east Belfast a month earlier.

It is understood that Mary McArdle’s name was found on a piece of paper recovered from the clothes of one of the gunmen arrested and charged in connection with the McConnell murder.

One of the guns was also used in the murder of Judge William Doyle outside St Brigid’s Church in January 1983. \[s.rowe\]that Ms McArdle has been appointed as special adviser to new Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin</>

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