26th November – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

26th November

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Sunday 26 November 1972

There was a bomb explosion at the Film Centre Cinema, in O’Connell Bridge House in Dublin. A late film was being shown and although no one was killed, approximately 40 people required hospital treatment.

The explosion happened at 1.25am and the bomb had been placed outside the rear exit door of the Film Centre Cinema in a laneway connecting Burgh Quay to Leinster Market.

[The ‘Interim Report on the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin Bombings of 1972 and 1973’, [PDF; 687KB], concluded that: “… it seems more likely than not that the bombing of the Film Centre Cinema was carried out by republican subversives as a response to a Government ‘crackdown’ on the IRA and their associates”.]

Friday 26 November 1976

Roy Mason, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said that the region might be left behind by ‘the tide of devolution’.

Saturday 26 November 1977

William Craig, then an Member of Parliament (MP), announced that the Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party (VUPP) would cease to exist as a political party as from 25 February 1978.

Sunday 26 November 1978

Albert Miles

 

 

Albert Miles, then Deputy Governor of Crumlin Road Prison, was shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) outside his home in Evelyn Gardens, Belfast. [This was one of a series of attacks on prison officers.]

Tuesday 26 November 1985

In the House of Commons at Westminster a two-day debate on the Anglo-Irish Agreement (AIA) began.

Wednesday 26 November 1986

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) councillors decided not to resign from district councils in protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement (AIA). The decision was taken although the leadership of the UUP was in favour of mass resignations. The Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights (SACHR) recommended that Diplock courts in Northern Ireland should have three judges to hear cases.

However, the Commission did not support calls for a return to jury trials for scheduled (terrorist) offences.

Tuesday 26 November 1996

David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), criticised Mary Robinson, then President of the Republic of Ireland, for not following “the proper protocol” when arranging visits to Northern Ireland.

Thursday 26 November 1998

Tony Blair became the first British Prime Minister to address both houses of the Oireachtas (the Irish Parliament) the Dáil and the Seanad. His speech dealt with the Good Friday Agreement and the relationships between Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Friday 26 November 1999

Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), said that there was “no intelligence basis” for the view that the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was planning to return to violence.

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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.

6 People lost their lives on the 26th  November between 1973 – 1991

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26 November 1973
Anthony Braden,   (58)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot while driving his car along Jamaica Street, Ardoyne, Belfast.

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26 November 1974
Thomas Hamilton,   (34)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Republican group (REP)
Shot at his shop, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast.

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26 November 1978


Albert Miles,  (50)

Protestant
Status: Prison Officer (PO),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Deputy Governor of Long Kesh / Maze Prison. Off duty. Shot outside his home, Evelyn Gardens, off Cavehill Road, Belfast.

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26 November 1980
Norman Donaldson,  (59)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot while leaving Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base, Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh.

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26 November 1987
Martin Bryan,   (32)

Catholic
Status: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA),

Killed by: Garda Siochana (GS)
Shot during gun battle at Garda Vehicle Check Point (VCP), Urlingford, County Kilkenny.

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26 November 1991


Kenneth Newell,   (30)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Abducted while driving delivery lorry, Crossmaglen, County Armagh. Found shot, near Crossmaglen, County Armagh, on 27 November 1991.

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