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Ann Travers tweets list of Troubles atrocities after McGuinness death

Ann Travers has since campaigned for victims' rights

Among the tributes to Martin McGuinness were more critical comments from victims who said they have been denied justice.

In the wake of the former IRA leader's death the sister of a woman killed by the paramilitary group tweeted a list of atrocities and other victims.

Ann Travers' sister Mary was gunned down and her judge father, Tom Travers, badly injured when they were ambushed by an IRA gang as they emerged from church in Belfast in April 1984.

Ann Travers has since campaigned for victims' rights.

She tweeted a picture of her sister and father, and wrote: "Enniskillen Families, Claudy families, Hegarty family, Gillespie family, Maher family, I'm so sorry you never got the answers you deserved."

 

Mr McGuinness spoke out six years ago after a Sinn Féin member involved in the murder of Mary Travers was appointed to an influential adviser role at Stormont.

He said the killing had been "absolutely wrong" but added the adviser, Mary McArdle, would not be sacked from the role.

Speaking at the time he said: "There is controversy now because Ann obviously feels very hurt and I respect the fact that she feels the way she feels but if we were to apply the rule that people who were part of the conflict can't be part of building a better future then Nelson Mandela would never have been president of South Africa."

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