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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  • sonofstrongbow

    So start the “punishment” ball rolling. You, I assume, have the names of the officers involved and the evidence that links them to their crimes. Name names and the process will begin.

    Should it not then give your evidence to PONI, the Criminal Justice Inspectorate or any one of the plethora of nationalist ‘human rights’ organisations that exist.

    You’ve got the facts. Go for it.

  • Granni Trixie

    I think many believe that Mary Mcardle was being rewarded for keeping stum (one interpretation,at least) given that she was caught on look out whilst others carried out the murder.

    However, I think a key point is one made above namely that that ‘ordinary’ people applying for politically sensitive posts in public bodies (civil service,policing board, DPPetc) woud be vetted. So infact SPADS are not only highly paid but highly advantaged over other people who have to apply for jobs.

  • Alias

    “I think many believe that Mary Mcardle was being rewarded for keeping stum (one interpretation,at least) given that she was caught on look out whilst others carried out the murder.”

    Well-paid British state jobs for the boys/girls…

    These appointments are made because the appointees are gang members, and not despite it, so they are rewarded for their crimes by the State by default. It makes no difference that the gang leaders are the ones appointing them since it is the State that has facilitated and financed the act.

    In McArdle’s case, she crudely added insult to the Traver’s family injury in trying to save her own skin in response to the public outrage at her appointment by claiming that the murder of Ms Travers was a “mistake”. Repentance would be best expressed by offering her services to HET or other to bring the other murderers to justice. Instead she chose to repeat the Shinners’ lie that Ms Travers was hit by a ricochet bullet despite the autopsy showing she was shot directly. She just couldn’t resist trying to rub salt into the family’s wounds while pretending to the public that she was repentant.

    If the Bill is passed you’d then have the glaring anomaly of gang leaders such as McGuinness and Adams enjoying state employment and generous state pensions while the grunts they directed to murder the state citizens according to their whims are exiled from that particular trough.