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It would help me to heal if I knew who killed Mary

By Ann Travers

Published 18/08/2015

Ann Travers
Ann Travers

A lot of people are going to be very upset by this.

If we are not going to be told who murdered our loved ones then what is the point in it? I want to know who it was who planned the attempted murder of my father and murder of my sister and who carried it out.

I could be in Belfast city centre or even abroad on holiday and be sitting and talking to the person who killed my sister without knowing.

I am sure that I am not the only person who would like to know who bombed and shot their mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter.

I have no doubt that there are some out there who regret what they did. This commission is a chance for them to absolve their own guilt, to achieve peace of mind. But what about peace of mind for victims?

When will our politicians finally put the needs of victims first? Yet again the victims get nothing. Why should someone be given the chance to heal themselves without giving anything back to the family they devastated?

When I first heard of plans for a 'truth commission' I was really hopeful that finally there was something that could help bring some closure. Many other victims will have felt the same. But this commission will not provide the answers that we really need and want. There is no other way that I will ever find out who murdered Mary.

The fact that this new body will not be able to give families the names of who killed their loved ones falls short of what we had all expected from this commission. It is totally unacceptable and deeply unfair.

There are so many murders from the Troubles that will never result in courtroom justice. This commission was to be the next best thing.

I need to know who killed Mary. It would help me heal. Do the politicians not realise how important it is for victims to know this information? What are our politicians afraid of? There seems no point in victims going to the commission if they don't get the information. We all know what happened, we just want to know who.

Mary's killers know who I am, but I don't know who they are.

I am very angry that once again victims have been let down.

Ann Travers' sister Mary was murdered by the IRA in 1984

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