6th March – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

6th March

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Saturday 6 March 1971

A Catholic man was shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast.

Monday 6 March 1978

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) refused to consider talks with Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and Ernest Baird, then leader of the United Ulster Unionist Movement (UUUM).

Friday 6 March 1981

Second day of visit by Margaret Thatcher, then British Prime Minister, to Northern Ireland.

 1981 Hunger Strike

See Hunger Strike

Tuesday 6 March 1984

William McConnell (35), then Assistant Governor of the Maze Prison, was shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) outside his home in east Belfast.

Sunday 6 March 1988 Gibraltar Killings

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Three unarmed Irish Republican Army (IRA) members were shot dead by undercover members of the Special Air Service (SAS) in Gibraltar.

[The episode sparked intense controversy and began a chain of events that lead to a series of deaths in Northern Ireland on 16 March 1988 and 19 March 1988. The British government claimed that the SAS shot the IRA members because they thought a bomb was about to be detonated. Eye-witnesses claimed that those shot were given no warning.]

See Operation Flavius

Wednesday 6 March 1991

In a court in Paris, France, five people were sentenced for attempting to smuggle guns from Libya to Ireland in 1987. The men had been members of the crew of the ship Eksund.

Monday 6 March 1995

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) published a document written by Ken Maginnis, then Security Spokesman of the UUP, outlining a plan for a seven member commission to oversee the decommissioning of paramilitary weapons. The document had been given to John Major, then British Prime Minister, in January 1995.

[The plan was rejected by Sinn Féin (SF) and the Ulster Democratic Party (UDP).]

Friday 6 March 1998

In the village of Poyntzpass, County Armagh, Protestants and Catholics attended both funeral services for the victims of the double killings on 3 March 1998.

[Many people believed and hoped that the killings might prove a watershed in the conflict.]

Ian Paisley Jr and Sammy Wilson, then both members of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), attended a Loyalist rally in Portadown, County Armagh, which was called to oppose the Peace Process. Paisley called for the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to be “exterminated”.

[The rally was organised by the Concerned Protestants Committee (CPC) a group which was campaigning for an inquiry into the death of Billy Wright (37), who had been leader of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF).

See Billy Wright

The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) was critical of the DUP for taking part in the rally and claimed that the organisers were sympathetic to the LVF.]

A report in The Irish Times confirmed that the Irish nation would be defined in terms of its people, rather than its territory, in the new wording for Article 2 of the Irish Constitution. The paper also reported that the new Article 3 would enshrine the principle of consent while “expressing the wish of the majority of the Irish people for a united Ireland”. The proposed amendments to the Irish Constitution was part of the political package to bring about a settlement in the North.

Saturday 6 March 1999

David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), called for a face-to-face ‘summit’ between himself, John Taylor, then Deputy Leader of the UUP, Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), and Martin McGuinness, then Vice-President of Sinn Féin (SF).

The summit would try to break the deadlock surrounding the appointment of an Executive Committee. However, senior UUP figures said there was no secret deal that would let Sinn Féin (SF) into the power-sharing Executive without prior decommissioning by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Wednesday 6 March 2002

The Northern Ireland Assembly debated a motion proposing the expulsion of Sinn Féin (SF) from the Executive for a period of one year. The motion was tabled by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and other anti-Agreement Unionist parties. David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), had described the timing of the motion as a “stunt”.

Those requesting the debate had specifically asked for it to be held before 9 March 2002 – the date of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) annual general meeting. Most pro-Agreement Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) did not attend the debate and the motion was defeated. Trimble told the House of Commons that he opposed any “amnesty” for paramilitary fugitives (those described as being ‘on the run’). He said it would represent the “last straw” for many Unionist supporters of the Agreement.

  

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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.

8 People   lost their lives on the 6th  March between 1971– 1988

 

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06 March 1971
William Halligan,   (21)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot during street disturbances, Balaclava Street, Lower Falls, Belfast.

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06 March 1973


Anton Brown,  (22)

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Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by sniper while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Whitecliff Crescent, Ballymurphy, Belfast.

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06 March 1975


Edward Clayton,   (27)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Republican group (REP)
Killed by booby trap bomb attached to his car parked near to his home, Bognor Terrace, Portadown, County Armagh.

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06 March 1980
Henry Livingstone,   (38)

Protestant
Status: ex-Ulster Defence Regiment (xUDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot at his farm, Cortyna, near Tynan, County Armagh.

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06 March 1984


William McConnell,   (35)

Protestant
Status: Prison Officer (PO),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot outside his home, Hawthornden Drive, Belmont, Belfast.

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06 March 1988


Mairead Farrell,  (31)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot by undercover British Army (BA) members, while walking along Winston Churchill Avenue, Gibraltar.

See IRA Gibraltar team get taken out by SAS 

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06 March 1988


Daniel McCann,  (30)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot by undercover British Army (BA) members, while walking along Winston Churchill Avenue, Gibraltar

See IRA Gibraltar team get taken out by SAS 

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06 March 1988


Sean Savage,  (24)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot by undercover British Army (BA) members, while walking along Winston Churchill Avenue, Gibraltar

See IRA Gibraltar team get taken out by SAS 

 

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