7th November – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

7th November

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Sunday 7 November 1971

An off duty British soldier was shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in an attack in Lurgan, County Armagh. Another soldier was injured in the same attack.

Thursday 7 November 1974

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) killed two British soldiers with a booby-trap bomb near Stewartstown, County Tyrone.

At 10.17pm the IRA threw a bomb through the window of the King’s Arms public house in Woolwich, London, and killed one off-duty British soldier and one civilian. The explosion also injured a further 28 people.

Friday 7 November 1975

A United Ulster Unionist Council (UUUC) report was endorsed by a vote at the Constitutional Convention. The Convention voted by 42 to 31 to submit a draft report to the Secretary of State. The report recommended a return to the ‘majority rule’ system of government for Northern Ireland with the addition of a series of all-party committees to scrutinise the work of departments.

[The Report was published on 20 November 1975.]

Monday 7 November 1983

Garret FitzGerald, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), travelled to England for a meeting at Chequers with Margaret Thatcher, then British Prime Minister. The meeting was seen as an opportunity for the two leaders to get to know each other and to discuss Northern Ireland.

Friday 7 November 1986

Sammy Wilson, then Lord Mayor of Belfast and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) councillor, prevented Northern Ireland Office (NIO) ministers from attending the Remembrance Day service at Belfast City Hall. This was in protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement (AIA).

Saturday 7 November 1992

The ‘Army Council’ faction of the Irish People’s Liberation Organisation (IPLO) that was based in Dublin announced that it was disbanding.

[This followed an internal feud and the intervention of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on 31 October 1992.]

Sunday 7 November 1993

Approximately 3,000 people attended a peace rally at Greysteel, County Derry, the site of the Greysteel Killings on 30 October 1993.

See Greysteel

See Shankill Bomb

Tuesday 7 November 1995

Royal assent was given to legislation which returned the remission rate on the sentences of paramilitary prisoners from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.

[The change in the law did not apply to life sentence prisoners

Tuesday 7 November 1995

Royal assent was given to legislation which returned the remission rate on the sentences of paramilitary prisoners from 33 per cent to 50 per cent. [The change in the law did not apply to life sentence prisoners.]

Friday 7 November 1997

Adam Ingram, then Security Minister, gave details of ‘punishment’ attacks since 20 July 1997 during a House of Commons answer. He revealed that there had been 44 attacks during the period with 17 attributed to Republicans and 27 to Loyalists.

[During the first six months of the year there had bee 129 ‘punishment’ attacks.]

The Garda Síochána (the Irish police) uncovered 20 kilograms of Semtex explosive at Swords, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland, and arrested two men. This was believed to be an Irish Republican Army (IRA) arms cache.

The British Home Office announce that it was transferring three Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners from prisons in Britain to the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. The men, Patrick Hayes, Denis Kinsella, and Vincent Wood, received prison sentences of 30, 25, and 17 years respectively, for conspiracy to cause explosions and possession of explosives.

Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, was heckled by Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) members as she addressed a plenary session of the Northern Ireland Forum.

Sunday 7 November 1999

The Observer (a London based newspaper) reported that David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), had personally paid £8,000 towards a £30,000 libel settlement. The case had been brought by Freddie Hall, then Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Assistant Chief Constable, against Gordon Lucey the author of a pamphlet entitled ‘Stand Off’ which was about the 1995 Drumcree Orange Order parade. The pamphlet had been published by the Ulster Society of which Trimble was a company director.

As Lucey was unable to pay, the remainder of the settlement was paid by Northern Whig (£10,000) the printers, and the publishers the Ulster Society (£12,000).

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Remembering all innocent victims of the Troubles

Today is the anniversary of the death of the following  people killed as a results of the conflict in Northern Ireland

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die

– Thomas Campbell

To the innocent on the list – Your memory will live  forever

– To  the Paramilitaries  –

There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, but nothing worth killing for.

11  People lost their lives on the 7th November between 1972 – 1990

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07 November 1971
Paul Genge,  (18)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot from passing car while walking along Tandragee Road, Lurgan, County Armagh.

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07 November 1973


Robert McCaffrey,  (18)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Shot outside his workplace, Mackie’s Factory, Springfield Road, Belfast.

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07 November 1974
 Vernon Rose,   (30)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by booby trap bomb at electricity sub station, Aghalarg, near Stewartstown, County Tyrone.

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07 November 1974
Charles Simpson,  (35)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by booby trap bomb at electricity sub station, Aghalarg, near Stewartstown, County Tyrone

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07 November 1974
Richard Dunne,  (42)

nfNIB
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Killed by bomb thrown through window of King’s Arms public house, Woolwich, London.

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07 November 1974
Alan Horsley,  (20)

nfNIB
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by bomb thrown through window of King’s Arms public house, Woolwich, London.

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07 November 1976
Ronald Bond,  (53)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Died ten days after being shot outside his home, Harding Street, off Abercorn Road, Derry.

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07 November 1979


David Teeney,   (25)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA)
Civilian employed by Northern Ireland Prison Service. Shot at bus stop shortly after leaving Crumlin Road Prison, Belfast.

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07 November 1983


Stephen Taverner,  (24)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died two weeks after being injured by remote controlled bomb while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Crossmaglen, County Armagh.

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07 November 1990


 Gary Campbell, (21)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster bVolunteer Force (UVF)
Shot at his home, Spamount Street, New Lodge, Belfast.

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07 November 1992

Donnaa Wilson, (30)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Beaten to death at her home, Annadale Flats, Ballynafeigh, Belfast.

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