A victims campaigner has revealed how she had the opportunity to run over a man suspected of being involved in the murder of her sister, but chose to turn away from violence.
Ann Travers' sister Mary was murdered by the IRA on April 8, 1984, and her father Judge Tom Travers was left seriously injured in the attack.
She said a man who her family knew to be involved in shielding the gunmen after the murder had walked out in front of her car two years later.
"My family knew him," Ann said. "My sister knew him well. He lived near us around Windsor Avenue at the time. He was just a young lad.
"It was all still very raw for our family. I had my chance. I was 17 years old and had just passed my driving test. I was driving with my mother, approaching the junction outside Methody near Stranmillis and I saw him walk out in front of me.
"I felt my foot move and the car speed up towards him, but I hit the brakes and pulled up. He skulked away and my mother just put her hand on my knee and said: 'Well done. You made the right choice'.
"We never spoke of it again."
Mary Travers was just 22 and starting her career as a teacher when she was murdered by two IRA gunmen who ambushed the family as they left Mass at St Brigid's Church on Derryvolgie Avenue.
Prominent magistrate Mr Travers was left fighting for his life after being shot six times. His wife Joan survived after a gun pointed at her head misfired twice.
Ms Travers was reacting to comments by Mary Lou McDonald, who last week claimed she would likely have joined the IRA had she been born on this side of the border.
The Sinn Fein president said that "there'd be every chance, every possibility" that she would have joined the armed struggle.
"I certainly understand how it was that people volunteered to join the IRA - anybody looking at the circumstances from partition onwards, the nature of the northern state, everything that happened, how young people in particular took the fight to the British state. There's always a choice."
Looking back on the incident, Ms Travers said: "Yes, there is always a choice, but the choice should not be to take a life. There is never any justification for that.
"I had been working in Simpson's mini market on Eglantine Road and we knew this man had been brought in and questioned after my sister's murder. He came in all the time and I found it very difficult to serve him.
"People question me about my experience or the Troubles. Believe me, I experienced as much as everyone else. There were chances for revenge, for involving illegal elements in society. People we knew who came into the shop made offers. The temptation was always there to take another path. But the answer was always the same - violence, murder, is never the answer.
"I had lived in the same area of Belfast as this man had, walked the dog in the same streets, suffered at the hands of terrorists even, but our choices define who we are. I chose a route other than violence.
"The man we knew was involved in shielding those who killed Mary sent a message to my father a few years later when he was dying from cancer.
"He would only have been about 28 and he said he was sorry for what had happened to Mary.
"We knew he had hidden the gunmen in a flat after the murder and he said he hoped we could understand he was doing in 'for the cause'.
"That upset my father, but he told him he forgave him. He knew he was being used by others.
"We have seen what happened to Lyra McKee, young people getting involved. But they are being pulled in by 'the cause'. There is still a choice to walk away and look at other ways of achieving goals. A peaceful, dignified protest always sends a stronger message."