IRA wanted to kill whole Travers family, says HET report

Ann Travers has been campaigning for the Special Advisers Bill to be made law
Ann Travers has been campaigning for the Special Advisers Bill to be made law

The PSNI Historical Enquiries Team (HET) has told Ann Travers that contrary to the terror group’s statements, the IRA deliberately murdered her sister Mary.

And the HET report concluded that in fact the IRA had intended to wipe out her entire family.

Ann said: “As dad, mum and Mary were coming out of mass on the day of the shooting, Mary turned around to shout: ‘Daddy, that man has a gun’. The gunman was just on the other side of the road and shot her in the back as she turned around. Mary was not standing between the gunman and dad.

“Mum caught Mary in her arms and they fell together. Then the gunman crossed the road and put the gun to mum’s head and pulled the trigger twice, but the gun jammed. Dad was being shot by another gunman at the same time, but obviously the first gunman had targeted Mary and mum deliberately.

“HET said the gunmen had been there and armed the previous Sunday but for some reason called the attack off.”

The HET report, seen by the News Letter, says that the IRA stated that Resident Magistrate Thomas Travers had been the target and Mary was shot “by accident”. HET said: “This is contrary to the facts... the actual attack on the day did not make any distinction and the attackers wanted to kill all the Travers family.”