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Gerry Adams' wish to meet attackers is height of irony, says Travers

Answers: Ann Travers
Answers: Ann Travers
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

The irony of Gerry Adams wanting to meet those who attacked his house will not be lost on IRA victims also seeking answers, a woman whose sister was murdered has said.

Ann Travers, whose sister Mary was shot dead by an IRA unit in 1984, has twice been denied a meeting with a woman she believes knows who killed her sister.

Mary McArdle received a life sentence for her role in Mary's murder and an 18-year concurrent sentence for the attempted murder of her father, Magistrate Tom Travers.

McArdle served 14 years before being released early under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and was later appointed as a special adviser to Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ni Chuilin.

However, Sinn Fein has turned down two requests from Ms Travers to meet McArdle.

"I can fully understand why Gerry Adams would like to meet with those who set out to hurt him and his family," she said.

"But we have to remember, there are so many more victims out there seeking answers and in all these years, very few have received them.

"Yes, there needs to be transparency. That's what we're all asking for.

"People need answers.

"If Gerry Adams manages to get his answers then we'll have to ask if it's good enough for him, why is it not good enough for the rest of us who have suffered?"

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