Ann Travers: “If had joined the IRA or a loyalist paramilitary and killed someone, I would be being listened to…”

Ann Travers talks to Wendy Austin earlier on Talkback on the SDLP’s petition of concern that will finally kill the Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill. I’ll try and get a better quality recording as and when it becomes available, since for a number of reasons, I think this is an important interview.

I’m going to refrain from detailed comment on this though – as you might guess having written a long profile of the political, opposed to the legislative, arguments in favour of the SDLP backing Jim Allister’s motion on Spads – I’ve plenty of thoughts on the matter.

First, why not share yours?

Update: Ms Travers says she is more hopeful after meeting with the SDLP leader

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