29th November – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

29th November


Monday 29 November 1971

An off duty British soldier was found shot dead in County Armagh.

Tueday 28 November 1972

Two members of the IRA were killed in a premature bomb explosion in the Bogside area of Derry. A RUC officer was killed in an IRA rocket attack in Fermanagh. A member of the bomb disposal team of the British Army was killed in Derry.

Friday 29 November 1974

Prevention of Terrorism Act The Labour government rushed through the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Bill. The new Act gave the police powers to detain people for up to seven days without any charge being brought against them. The Act also allowed the authorities to ‘exclude’ people from entering Britain.

[Although it was initially viewed as a temporary measure, the Prevention of Terrorism Act was to be renewed each year and made permanent by a Conservative government in 1988. Many critics of the Act claimed that it was mainly being used as a means of monitoring the movements of innocent Irish people. Indeed many thousands of, mainly Catholic, Irish people were screened under provisions in the act although never charged with any offences.]

Satruday 29 November 1975

Archibald Waller (23), then a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), was shot dead by fellow UVF members in an internal feud. The shooting occurred in the Shankill area of Belfast.

An airport employee was killed by a Loyalist bomb at Dublin airport.

Tuesday 29 November 1988

The European Court of Human Rights decided that, by detaining suspects for more than four days, Britain was in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights. This was one of a number of decisions by European courts that were decided against Britain.

Wednesday 29 November 1989

The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) shot and killed two Catholic men in Coagh, County Tyrone. One of the men was a member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Thursday 29 November 1990

The Government announces a reshuffle of ministerial posts at the Northern Ireland Office (NIO).

Monday 29 November 1993

Sinn Féin (SF) publicly released a number of documents that provided details of the party’s secret talks with the British government. Martin McGuinness, then Vice-President of Sinn Féin (SF), stated that the message of the 22 February 1993 was a fake and he accused the British of “counterfeiting their own documents to meet their current needs”.

Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, speaking in the House of Commons gave the British version of the secret contacts with the Republican Movement.

[There were differences between the two sets of accounts. On 1 December 1993 Mayhew admitted there were 22 errors in the documents he had presented.] Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), was ordered to leave the Commons after he had accused Mayhew of telling a lie.

Wednesday 29 November 1995

Bill Clinton, then President of the United States of America (USA), arrived in London as a prelude to a visit to Northern Ireland. Clinton gave his support to John Major, then British Prime Minister, and John Bruton, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister).

Friday 29 November 1996

Robert Carswell replaced Brian Hutton as the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland. Peter Robinson, then deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), alleged that members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) had been targeting him in London.

Saturday 29 November 1997

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) held its annual conference in Portrush, County Antrim. Addressing the conference Ian Paisley, then leader of the DUP, said that David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), was guilty of “high treason”.

Paisley also accused George Mitchell, then Chairman of the Stormont talks, of “working for the total destruction of Northern Ireland”. The Friends of the Union held a meeting organised by Lord Cranborne, then Conservative leader in the House of Lords, at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England.

David Trimble, then leader of the UUP, Ian Paisley, then leader of the DUP, and Robert McCartney, then leader of the United Kingdom Unionist Party (UKUP), all attended the meeting. The Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) and the Ulster Democratic Party (UDP) were not invited.

Sean O’Callaghan, a former Irish Republican Army (IRA) informer, also spoke at the meeting. David Andrews, then Irish Foreign Affairs Minister, gave an interview to Radio Ulster during which he said that cross-border bodies should have powers “not unlike a government”. [Unionists criticised Andrews for the remarks which he later said were “misjudged”.]

Monday 29 November 1999

Executive Appointed There was a meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly (NIA). Seamus Mallon, then deputy leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), was reinstated as Deputy First Minister Designate. The d’Hondt procedure for the appointment of ministers in a power-sharing Executive was triggered and 10 ministers appointed.

[This was the first time in 25 years that Northern Ireland had a power-sharing Executive.]




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.

7 People lost their lives on the 29th November between 1971 – 1990


29 November 1971

Robert Benner,  (25)

Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: non-specific Republican group (REP)
Originally from Dundalk, County Louth. Off duty. Found shot, Teer, near Crossmaglen, County Armagh.


29 November 1975
John Hayes,   (38)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Airport Employee. Killed during bomb explosion in toilets of arrival lounge, Dublin Airport, County Dublin.


29 November 1975

Archibald Waller,   (23)

Status: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot while sitting in parked car outside social club, Downing Street, Shankill, Belfast. Internal Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) feud.


29 November 1985
Gordon Hanna,  (46)

Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Killed by booby trap bomb attached to his car outside his home, Harbour Drive, Kilkeel, County Down.


29 November 1989

Liam Ryan,   (39)

Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot during gun attack on Battery Bar, Moortown, near Coagh, County Tyrone.


29 November 1989

Michael Devlin,   (33)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot during gun attack on Battery Bar, Moortown, near Coagh, County Tyrone


29 November 1990

 Raymond Robinson, (39)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot at his workplace, a shop, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast.



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