29th December – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

29th December

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Wednesday 29 December 1971

A British soldier was shot dead in Derry.

Friday 29 December 1972

Ruairi O Bradaigh, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland.

Sunday 29 December 1974

Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners at Portlaoise Prison in the Republic of Ireland held a number of prison officers hostage and caused considerable damage in protests for better conditions. Troops were used to regain control and the prison officers were freed unharmed.

Sunday 29 December 1996

A report in the Sunday Times (a London based newspaper) claimed that Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), and Martin McGuinness, the Vice-President of Sinn Féin (SF), had both been appointed to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) Army Council. This allegation was denied by the men.

Monday 29 December 1997

Three men, all Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) prisoners at the Maze, appeared in court charged with the murder of Billy Wright, who had been leader of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF). Adam Ingram, then Security Minister, announced that the inquiry into the escape of Liam Averill from the Maze Prison would be extended to include the killing of Billy Wright.

See Billy Wright

Wednesday 29 December 1999

A Catholic man was stabbed and killed at a taxi depot in New Lodge, Belfast. The killing was not thought to be sectarian.

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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.

4 People   lost their lives on the 29th  December between 1971 – 1976

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29 December 1971


Richard Ham,   (20)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Foyle Road, Brandywell, Derry

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29 December 1972


James McDaid,  (30)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while walking across field, Ballyarnet, Derry.

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29 December 1973

Miichael Logue,  (21)

Catholic
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Shot by sniper when Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) patrol lured to bogus robbery, Forthriver Road, Glencairn, Belfast.

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29 December 1976
James Liggett,   (67)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: People’s Republican Army (PRA)
Security man. Died two weeks after being shot trying to stop bomb attack on Tavern Bar, Edenderry, Portadown, County Armagh.

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