29th May – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

29th May


Friday 29 May 1970

The Macrory Report, Review Body on Local Government in Northern Ireland (Cmd 546), dealing with local government structures was published.

The main recommendation is the abolition of the old structure of local government and its replacement with 26 new district councils.

The new system would also involve the creation of area boards to manage the health, education, and library services in Northern Ireland.

It was envisaged that the control of the new system would rest with the Northern Ireland government.

[Following the introduction of direct rule on 30 March 1972 much of the control of the main services passed effectively to Westminster. Elected councillors only had responsibility for a number of matters including refuse collection, public conveniences, crematoria and cemeteries (‘bins, bogs and burials’ as it was termed in Northern Ireland). The term ‘the Macrory Gap was coined to highlight the lack of local accountability on the part of those controlling the centralised services.]

Monday 29 May 1972

Official IRA Ceasefire

The Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) announced that it was calling a ceasefire.

[Although the OIRA was involved in a number of incidents following the ceasefire it was to mark the end of the military wing of Official Sinn Féin (OSF).]

Wednesday 29 May 1974

A return to work began across Northern Ireland. The leaders of the Ulster Workers’ Council (UWC) officially called off the strike.

Troubled Images Exhibition, Belfast, August 2010 (03).JPG

see  Sunningdale  Ulster Workers’ Council Strike

Friday 29 May 1981

The names of four prisoners on hunger strike together with five other Republican prisoners, were put forward as candidates in the forthcoming general election in the Republic of Ireland.

 See 1981 Hunger Strike

Saturday 29 May 1982

President John F. Kennedy in motorcade in Cork on June 27, 1963

A United States of America (USA) Congress group called Friends of Ireland paid a fact-finding visit to Northern Ireland.

Thursday 29 May 1986

Tom King, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, informed the House of Commons of the decision to dissolve the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Tuesday 29 May 1990

The Northern Ireland Police Federation passed a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and Peter Brooke, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Thursday 29 May 1997

Bill Clinton, then President of the United States of America, paid a visit to London. During a meeting with Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister, Clinton gave his support to the Labour government’s approach to Northern Ireland. Clinton called for a renewed Irish Republican Army (IRA) ceasefire and for Sinn Féin (SF) to be then allowed to enter all-party talks.

Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and Dick Spring, the Tánaiste (deputy Irish Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs), held a meeting at Malahide near Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

Eight Loyalist prisoners asked the prison authorities to be moved to the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) ‘wing’ of the Maze Prison.

Friday 29 May 1998

Details were released of the salaries that would be paid to members of the proposed Northern Ireland Assembly.

Saturday 29 May 1999

A ‘Junior’ Orange Order parade took place close to the mainly Catholic Garvaghy Road in Portadown, County Armagh.

There were disturbances following the parade with 13 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers and four civilians injured.

RUC officers were reported to have fired 50 baton rounds (plastic bullets) during the disturbances.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR) was informed that the body of Jean McConville, who had been abducted from her home in Belfast in 1972 by the Irish Republican Army (IRA), was buried under a car park at Templetown beach, five miles from Carlingford, County Louth.

[After several extensive excavations over a number of weeks nothing was found. McConville’s body was discovered by accident in 2004.]

See The Disappeared

There was further controversy at the Bloody Sunday Inquiry into the killings on 30 January 1972 when it became clear that George Robertson, then British Secretary for Defence, was supporting 17 members of the Parachute Regiment who were claiming anonymity on the grounds that they would be in danger if their names were revealed.


See Bloody Sunday

Monday 29 May 2000

Edmund McCoy (28), a Catholic civilian, died several hours after being shot while in the Motte ‘n’ Bailey Bar, Dunmurry, near Belfast.

[Republican paramilitaries were believed to have been responsible for the shooting but no group claimed responsibility.]


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.

5 People lost their lives on the 29th May  between 1972 – 2000


29 May 1972
Thomas Wardlow  (32)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot from passing car while walking along Millfield, Belfast.


29 May 1977
Roland Hill   (74)


Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Died one week after being shot during armed robbery at Ewart’s Bowling Club, Somerdale Park, Belfast.


29 May 1979
George Surgeoner   (28)

Status: Ulster Defence Association (UDA),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Died three days after being shot while in Royal Bar, Shankill Road, Belfast


29 May 1984
Stephen Anderson   (22)

Status: British Army (BA), Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Mounthill, near Crossmaglen, County Armagh.


29 May 2000
Edmund McCoy  (28)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Republican group (REP)
Died several hours after being shot, while in Motte ‘n’ Bailey Bar, Kingsway, Dunmurry, near Belfast, County Antrim.



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