30th November – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

30th November

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Tuesday 30 November 1971

The government of the Republic of Ireland stated that it would take the allegations of brutality against the security forces in Northern Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights.

Saturday 30 November 1974

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) carried out a bomb attack on the Talbot Arms public house in Little Chester Street, Belgravia, London. Two small bombs, each with a short fuse, were thrown at the window of the pub. One bomb went through the window but failed to explode, the second rebounded off the window frame and landed in the street but the explosion injured five customers inside the pub.

 

Sunday 30 November 1975

Noel Shaw (19), 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.

Thursday 30 November 1978

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) carried out a number of bomb and fire-bomb attacks in 14 towns and villages across Northern Ireland. The IRA issued a statement admitting the attacks and warning that it was preparing for a ‘long war’.

Monday 30 November 1981

A number of Unionist controlled district councils voted to adjourn council business in protest at the security situation in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 30 November 1982

James Prior, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, addressed the Northern Ireland Assembly and announced that the strength of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) would be increased by 500 officers and the RUC Reserve by 300.

Friday 30 November 1990

Additional British Army troops are flown into Northern Ireland.

Wednesday 30 November 1994

John Hume, then leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), issued a statement saying:

“The demilitarisation process should be accelerated and inclusive negotiations … should begin without further delay.”

Thursday 30 November 1995

First Clinton Visit Began Bill Clinton, then President of the United States of America (USA), visited Northern Ireland. He was the first serving President of the USA to visit the region.

[Clinton made further visits to Northern Ireland in September 1998 and December 2000.]

Clinton, accompanied by the First Lady Hillary Clinton, visited east Belfast, west Belfast, Derry, and then returned to Belfast to switch on the Christmas lights. He received a generally enthusiastic and warm reception. He made a key note speech at Mackie’s engineering factory in west Belfast. Clinton said:

“… the search for common ground demands the courage of an open mind. This twin-track initiative gives the parties a chance to begin preliminary talks in ways in which all views will be represented and all voices will be heard. It also establishes an international body to address the issue of arms decommissioning. I hope the parties will seize this opportunity.”

Later in the day Clinton held talks with the leaders of the five main political parties in Northern Ireland. Hillary Clinton held an informal meeting with female community representatives in the Lamplighter cafe in Belfast.

The European Court of Justice ruled that aspects of the Prevention of Terrorism Act contravened European Union law by impinging on the freedom of movement guaranteed by the Treaty of Rome. It was announced that Maurice Hayes would oversee an independent review of the police complaints system.

Saturday 30 November 1996

There was serious violence during the loyalist picket of the Catholic church at Harryville, Ballymena. Approximately 500 loyalists attacked the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and those trying to attend mass. Petrol bombs were thrown, cars damaged, and two Catholic women needed hospital treatment.

The RUC found homemade explosives near Armagh.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) held its annual conference. During the conference there were calls for the right of loyal order parades to proceed unhindered.

Republican Sinn Féin (RSF) held an Ard Fheis (party conference) in Dublin. The conference was critical of the peace process but supported the aims of the Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA).

Tuesday 30 November 1999

The House of Lords and the House of Commons both approved a devolution order under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 that allowed for the transfer of power from Westminster to the Assembly at Stormont.

[This allowed for the ending the system of ‘Direct Rule’ that had been installed in 1972.]

The newly appointed Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive were photographed at their desks. The two Sinn Féin (SF) Ministers refused the offer of Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) protection. The Northern Ireland Assembly met to appoint members to the 10 Statutory Departmental Committees under the d’Hondt system of proportionality. Each committee was comprised of 11 MLAs including a Chair and Deputy Chair.

Robert McCartney, then leader of the United Kingdom Unionist Party (UKUP), refused to accept a seat on any of the committees as did three of the four members of the Northern Ireland Unionist Party (NIUP). David Andrews, then Irish Foreign Minister, suggested the Dublin government was anticipating that the cross-Border bodies would have powers “not unlike a government”. Unionist leaders reacted furiously to the comments.

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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.

5  People lost their lives on the 30th  November between 1972 – 1993

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30 November 1972


Gerard Gearon,   (22)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Shot by other passenger while travelling in taxi, outside Mater Hospital, Crumlin Road, Belfast.

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30 November 1975


Noel Shaw,   (19)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Found shot on back seat of abandoned taxi, Nixon Street, Shankill, Belfast. Internal Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) feud.

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30 November 1976


Elizabeth Luney,   (36)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Shot at her home, Silverstream Road, Ballysillan, Belfast

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30 November 1985


Edward Taggart,   (19)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot during struggle with Irish Republican Army (IRA) members, Divis Flats, Belfast. Alleged criminal.

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30 November 1993


Sean Hagan,  (47)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF)
Shot while leaving his workplace, European Components factory, Upper Newtownards Road, Dundonald, Belfast.

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