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IRA murder bid magistrate, Tom Travers, dies

Tom and Mary Travers
Tom Travers with his daughter Mary

A magistrate who survived an IRA murder attempt 25 years ago in which his daughter was killed has died.

Tom Travers died peacefully on Boxing Day at his home in Holywood, County Down.

In April 1984, he was shot six times by the IRA as he left Mass at St Brigid's Church in south Belfast with his wife and daughter.

He was seriously injured but his daughter Mary, a schoolteacher, was fatally wounded.

Mr Travers was unable to attend his daughter's funeral because he was still in the intensive care unit of Belfast City Hospital.

In January, the Police Ombudsman's office apologised to Mr Travers for errors in a report into the murder.

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