Mary Enright and Mary Greer share a first name, a hometown and the searing grief of having a close relative murdered in Northern Ireland's sectarian "troubles."
But the two women take opposing views on plans to free more than 500 paramilitary members - including many jailed for murder - within two years if the Irish Republican Army and rival Protestant paramilitaries surrender their arms.The proposed release is part of a historic peace deal for Northern Ireland endorsed by voters Friday.
"If this is the price we have to pay for peace, so be it," said Enright, a Catholic, whose 28-year-old son Terry was killed by pro-British gunmen in January. "Everybody here's been a victim in some way."
But Greer, a Protestant, cannot forgive the IRA killers who shot her husband, William Stronge, 27 years ago.
"I still hurt - and if I saw a gunman of any kind on the street I would want to kill him," she said as she strolled near Belfast's fiercely Protestant Shankill Road.
Among those who stand to gain early prison release are more than 200 members of the IRA and at least 300 members of the two main Protestant paramilitary groups. All maintain cease-fires.
Many of them would have left jail within that time anyway. But a poll by the Irish state broadcaster RTE showed the early release of killers was the main reason cited by 80 percent of those who voted "no" on the peace deal. RTE questioned 1,600 people in Northern Ireland in person, and the margin of error was 3 percentage points.
"If I saw any of the gunmen, I would say, `You have got your life back - my man's lost his,' " said Greer, 69, a tiny, white-haired woman who vibrates with anger. "My 32-year-old daughter still asks me why her daddy had to die."
Greer, who voted against the peace accord in Friday's referendum, uses the word "scum" to describe the IRA sniper whose ricocheting bullet killed her husband. He had been helping his sister move out of her home after it was torched by Catholics.
But Enright voted yes because she believes her son would have approved of the peace deal, including freedom for killers.