28th January – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles


Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

28th January

Friday 28 January 1972

The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA), in an effort to avoid a repeat of the violence at Milligan Strand on 22 January 1972, placed “special emphasis on the necessity for a peaceful incident-free day” at the next NICRA march on 30 January 1972 (Irish News, 28 January 1972).

[According to a Channel 4 documentary ‘Secret History: Bloody Sunday’, broadcast on 22 January 1992, Ivan Cooper, then a Member of Parliament at Stormont, who was involved in the organisation of the march, had obtained assurances from the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that its members would withdraw from the area during the march.]

Sunday 28 January 1973


In the run up to the first anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ there was serious rioting in Derry.

Thursday 28 January 1982

James Prior, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said that the DeLorean Motor Company would not be offered any further public funding. He also announced that Kenneth Cork would be appointed to examine the whole DeLorean affair.

Friday 28 January 1983

The government in the Republic of Ireland announced that it would introduce legislation to give full voting rights to approximately 20,000 British citizens.

Thursday 28 January 1988

The appeal of the ‘Birmingham Six’, the six men imprisoned for the Birmingham pub bombings of 1974, was rejected by the London Court of Appeal. Fresh evidence, particularly the fact that the original forensic tests were flawed, was rejected by the appeal judges.

[The men were subsequently released on 14 March 1991.]

Friday 28 January 1994

An Irish Republican Army (IRA) incendiary device exploded in a store in Oxford Street, London. A second device was defused.

Sunday 28 January 1996

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) refused to meet with the Irish Government as part of the ‘twin-track’ negotiation

Tuesday 28 January 1997

A Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Landrover patrol was attacked on the Springfield Road, Belfast. Two ‘rockets’ were fired at the patrol but there were no injuries.

[It was believed that the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was responsible for the attack ]

Michael Mansfield, then a Queen’s Council, claimed that the escape by IRA prisoners from Whitemoor Prison in England on  March 1995 was assisted by British Intelligence involvement in an attempt to “scupper” the then IRA ceasefire.

Wednesday 28 January 1998

Third day of multi-party talks at Lancaster House in London. Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said that a face-to-face meeting between the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and Sinn Féin (SF) would be a useful development.

Gerry Adams, then President of SF, sent a letter to David Trimble, then leader of the UUP, requesting a meeting between SF and the UUP.

Thursday 28 January 1999

There was a pipe-bomb attack on the home of a Catholic family in Dungannon, County Tyrone. The family had a narrow escape when the bomb was thrown through the kitchen window.

[The attack was later claimed by the Red Hand Defenders (RHD).In 2001 it became apparent that RHD was a cover name used by both the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).]

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) announced that it would hold an inquiry into the alleged file used by Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), in the House of Commons on 27 January 1999.

Monday 28 January 2002

The Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) held a meeting with relatives of the victims of the Omagh Bombing (15 August 1998). The meeting followed the report (12 December 2001) of Nuala O’Loan, then Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI), into the police handling of the investigation and the response (24 January 2002) by Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

[The NIPB was expected to have private meetings with Flanagan and O’Loan on 5 February 2002.]

A new court building opened in Belfast. The building houses 16 Crown and County courtrooms. The £30m building was built under a public-private partnership scheme and will be operated by the company Consul Services (NI) Ltd., under a 25 year agreement.

The Ulster Political Research Group (UPRG) called on the British government to launch a formal review of the Good Friday Agreement. The UPRG said the initiative was required due to the declining support among many Protestants for the Agreement. 


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 28th January  between  1972– 1993


28 January 1972

Raymond Carroll,   (22)

Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot at garage, Oldpark Road, Belfast.


28 January 1989

Stephen Montgomery,  (26)

Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in grenade attack on stationary Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) mobile patrol, Sion Mills, County Tyrone.


28 January 1990

Charles Love,   (16)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by remote controlled bomb hidden in city walls, aimed at British Army (BA) / Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) observation patrol, while watching the nearby Bloody Sunday commemoration parade, Westland Street, Derry. He was hit by flying debris.


28 January 1993
Martin McNamee,

Martin (25) Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Killed by booby trap bomb attached to door at house he was renovating, Drum Road, Kildress, near Cookstown, County Tyrone. Owner of the house was the intended target. 


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