13th April – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

13th April

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Saturday 13 April 1991

Two people were killed in separate incidents.

 

Thursday 13 April 1995

Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, invited the political parties to engage in a series of bilateral talks.

Saturday 13 April 1996

John Alderdice, the leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI), addressed his party conference in Belfast.

Sunday 13 April 1997

Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Labour Party Spokesperson on Northern Ireland, announced that she was recovering from treatment for a brain tumour. [Mowlam made the announcement following press comments about her appearance, particularly her gain in weight.]

Monday 13 April 1998

Representatives of Sinn Féin (SF) said that they needed a “period of consultation” with their membership before they could sign the Good Friday Agreement.

Bill Clinton, then President of the United States of America (USA), said that he would visit Northern Ireland if it would help ensure the success of the Agreement.

Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), launched a DUP campaign calling for people to reject the Agreement. William Thompson, then Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) MP, announced that he would be supporting the DUP campaign.

Tuesday 13 April 1999

Politcal Talks Resumed

Efforts to break the deadlock over decommissioning resumed at Stormont with a series of meetings, including a round table session involving all the parties supporting the Good Friday Agreement. Prior to the resumption of talks, Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State of Northern Ireland, issued a statement.

Mitchel McLaughlin, then Sinn Féin (SF) chairman, also issued a statement claiming that the Hillsborough Declaration (1 April 1999) moved away from the Good Friday Agreement and as such, was formally rejected by SF.

The Declaration was also rejected by the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP).

The Northern Ireland Police Authority (NIPA) strongly defended Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), against allegations of “indifference” made in the report by the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on 12 April 1999. The total number of prisoners released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement was reported as being 257. 131 were Republican, 118 Loyalist, and eight had no classification.

Friday 13 April 2001

The “real” Irish Republican Army (rIRA) issued a statement to mark the 85th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin. The statement read: “Partition has failed and those who attempt to uphold it will fail. As for republicans, we will continue to attack the problem at its root and make no apology for undertaking this necessary task.”#

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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.

9 People lost their lives on the 13th April   between 1972– 1991

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13 April 1972
Elizabeth McAuley,  (64)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in van bomb explosion, Main Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim. Inadequate warning given.

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13 April 1974


Kenneth Lennon,   (30)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: not known (nk)
Originally from Northern Ireland. Found shot Park Road, Chipstead, Surrey, England

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13 April 1974
William McDonald,   (21)

nfNI
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Scottish visitor. Shot during street disturbances, Crimea Street, Shankill, Belfast.

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13 April 1979
Thomas Armstrong   (63)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot near to his home, Tynan, near Middletown, County Armagh.

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13 April 1980
Mary Doherty  (53)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while travelling in car approaching British Army (BA) Vehicle Check Point (VCP), Strabane, County Tyrone.

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13 April 1983
Trevor Elliott   (38)

Protestant
Status: British Army Territorial Army (TA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot at his shop, Keady, County Armagh.

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13 April 1984


John George   (26)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA)
Shot at his home, Thornhill Crescent, Twinbrook, Belfast. Alleged criminal.

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13 April 1991
Ian Sproule,  (23)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot outside his parents’ home, Liskleen Road, Killen, Castlederg, County Tyrone

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13 April 1991


Samuel McCrum  (62)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot at his wife’s shop, Antrim Street, Lisburn, County Antrim.

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