22nd November – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

22nd November

Monday 22 November 1971

A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was killed in a premature bomb explosion in Lurgan, County Armagh.

Thursday 22 November 1973

Edward Heath, then British Prime Minister, appointed the new Executive. Brian Faulkner was to become the Chief Executive and Gerry Fitt was to be his Deputy.

[News of the Executive was welcomed by politicians in Britain and in the Republic of Ireland, but Loyalists rejected the proposals. The matter of the Council of Ireland was left outstanding and wasn’t resolved until agreement was reached at Sunningdale 6 – 9 December 1973.] [ Political Developments. ]

Saturday 22 November 1975

Three British soldiers were shot dead in a gun attack on a British Army observation post near Crossmaglen, County Armagh.

Thursday 22 November 1979

A split developed within the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) as to its approach to the Humphrey Atkin’s, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, invitation to attend a conference on the future of Northern Ireland.

Gerry Fitt, then leader of the SDLP, wanted to attend the conference even without an Irish dimension being on the agenda. Others, including John Hume, then deputy leader of the SDLP, did not want to attend unless an Irish dimension was to be discussed. As a result of this dispute Fitt resigned as leader of the SDLP.

 [Hume became leader on 28 November 1979. Atkins was later to allow parallel talks which allowed the SDLP to attend and raise the question of an Irish dimension in any potential solution.]

Sunday 22 November 1987

Margaret Thatcher, then British Prime Minister, attended a service of remembrance at Enniskillen. Over 7000 people took part.

Tuesday 22 November 1988

Remission of sentences for prisoners in Northern Ireland was reduced from a half to one third. It had been raised to 50 percent in 1976.

Thursday 22 November 1990

Thatcher Resigns Margaret Thatcher resigned as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister.

Friday 22 November 1991

The Fair Employment Commission (FEC) announced that the display of religious or political symbols at places of work might be considered as being intimidatory.

Monday 22 November 1993

Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, gave a speech at the Queen’s University of Belfast in which he stated that the British government would not talk with Sinn Féin (SF) until the Irish Republican Army (IRA) had ended its campaign of violence.

The Combined Loyalist Military Command (CLMC) stated that it was earnestly seeking peace. The CLMC also warned that the Loyalist paramilitary groups were preparing for war in case peace was “bought at any price”.

[An insight into these preparation was obtained on 24 November 1993.]

Sunday 22 November 1998

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) released figures on ‘punishment’ attacks that showed there had been 109 attacks by Loyalist paramilitaries and 79 carried out by Republican paramilitaries.

Monday 22 November 1999

Peter Mandelson, then Northern Ireland Secretary, in a speech to the House of Commons, said he planned for success and not failure on Northern Ireland. However, if there was a default in implementing either decommissioning or devolution, the two governments would take steps to suspend the operation of the institutions.

He said Northern Ireland stood on the brink of a

“remarkable transformation”.

David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), addressed 70 senior members of his party at a private meeting in the Long Hall of Stormont in advance of the meeting of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) on 27 November 1999. Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), issued a statement clarifying his party’s position on decommissioning

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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.

10  People lost their lives on the 22nd November between 1971 – 1990

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22 November 1971
Michael Crossey,  (21)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died in premature bomb explosion at Cellar Lounge Bar, Church Place, Lurgan, County Armagh.

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22 November 1972
Samuel Porter,  (30)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot outside his home, Ballinahone, near Maghera, County Derry.

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22 November 1972
Liam Shivers,   (48)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ), K

illed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Shot outside his home, Brough, near Castledawson, County Derry.

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22 November 1974


Geraldine Macklin,   (20)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ), K

illed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Shot at her workplace, People’s Garage, Springfield Road, Belfast.

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22 November 1974
Michael Hanratty,   (43)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Shot from passing car, at the entrance to the Hole in the Wall Social Club, Ballycarry Street, Oldpark, Belfast.

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22 November 1975


James Duncan,   (19)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot during gun attack on British Army (BA) observation post, Drummuckavall, near Crossmaglen, County Armagh.

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22 November 1975


Peter McDonald,  (19)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot during gun attack on British Army (BA) observation post, Drummuckavall, near Crossmaglen, County Armagh.

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22 November 1975
Michael Sampson,   (20)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot during gun attack on British Army (BA) observation post, Drummuckavall, near Crossmaglen, County Armagh.

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22 November 1976
John Toland,   (35)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF)
Manager of the Happy Landing Bar. Shot while in the premises, Eglinton, County Derry.

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22 November 1990


Alexander Patterson,  (31)

Catholic
Status: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot by undercover British Army (BA) members, outside the home of a Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) member, Victoria Bridge, near Strabane, County Tyrone.

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