IRA victim Ann Travers yesterday staunchly defended Victims’ Commissioner Kathryn Stone who she said has”a very difficult job to do but always showing integrity and fairness within the Victims Forum”.
Ms Travers, whose sister Mary was murdered in 1984, spoke out as a spokeswoman for the Victims Forum, a public body of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to promote the interests of victims and survivors of the Troubles
“She should not be politicised as she is constrained by her job and she works by what the definition of her job is,” she said.
“She has the most difficult job of all and she is supported by the majority of victims on the forum. I know what she said in her interview and I understand why she said it. She has shown great integrity and she should be allowed to get on with her job.
“I understand Jim Allister’s opinion as well because as a victim I think the IRA and UVF are terrorists. I can say that because I am free to say that. But she is employed by the OFMDFM to represent all victims.”
Ms Travers, who lives in Co Wicklow, added that in her opinion “it was time to agree a definition of victim”.
“We need to finally agree what a victim is,” she said.