8th January – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

8th January


Monday 8 January 1968

Terence O’Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, travelled to Dublin to meet with Jack Lynch, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Tuesday 8 January 1974

Sunningdale; Ulster Workers’ Council Strike.

Sunday 8 January 1978

Jack Lynch, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), called for a British declaration of intent to withdraw from Northern Ireland. The statement was supported by many in the Nationalist community in Northern Ireland.

Friday 8 January 1988

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) searched three cars near Portadown, County Armagh and found a large number of firearms. The arms were on route to the Ulster Defense Association (UDA).

Peter Robinson was re-elected as deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) at the party’s annual meeting (he had resigned on 2 July 1987 )

Monday 8 February 1993

The leaders of the four main churches (Catholic; Presbyterian; Church of Ireland; and Methodist) travelled to the United States of America (USA) to encourage new business investment in Northern Ireland.

Saturday 8 January 1994

The Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF), a cover name (pseudonym) used by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), carried out a rocket and gun attack on a pub on the Falls Road in Belfast and injured three people.

Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), said in an interview with the Irish News (a Belfast based newspaper), that the ‘Republican struggle’ could go on for another 25 years. He also criticised statements made by Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, since the publication of the Downing Street Declaration (DSD). Mayhew had said that talks between the British government and SF would concern the decommissioning of IRA weapons.

Thursday 8 January 1998

It was announced that in addition to her meeting with Loyalist prisoners Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, could also meet Republican prisoners at the Maze Prison.

Three British Army soldiers were killed in a road accident near Markethill, County Armagh.

Garda Síochána (the Irish police) uncovered an estimated one and a half tonnes of home-made explosives in a disused shop at Howth pier in Dublin. Four men were arrested as part of the operation. One of the men was believed to have links to the Thirty-Two County Sovereignty Committee.

Dissident Republicans believed to be led by a former Irish Republican Army (IRA) Quartermaster General were believed to be responsible for the bomb.

Bernadette Sands McKevitt, the vice-chairperson of the Thirty-Two County Sovereignty Committee and sister of Bobby Sands, criticised the peace process. She said that her brother and other Republicans did not die for cross-border bodies with executive powers.

Friday 8 January 1999

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) announced that it would close its office at the Castle Court shopping centre in Belfast. Republican supporters had held a number of protests when the office opened.

Tuesday 8 January 2002

A delegation of Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and councillors held a meeting with Jane Kennedy, then Security Minister, to discuss attacks by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) on Catholic homes in north Belfast

. In particular the SDLP claimed that the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) had not shown “sufficient vigour in the prosecution of those directing these attacks given the fact that UDA is not on ceasefire and its commanders are well known”.

Kennedy undertook to raise the matter with Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the PSNI. The SDLP also called for more support in the re-housing of those intimidated from their homes.



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.

3 People   lost their lives on the 8th  January  between  1972 – 1983


08 January 1972
Peter Woods,  (29)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Shot at his home, Lowwood Park, Skegoneill, Belfast.


08 January 1982

Steven Carleton,  (24)

Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot while working at petrol station, Antrim Road, Belfast.


08 January 1983
Thomas Edgar,   (28)

Status: Ulster Defence Association (UDA),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Found shot in house, Woodvale Road, Belfast. Internal Ulster Defence Association dispute.


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