7th June – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

7th June

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Thursday 7 June 1973

Sunningdale; Ulster Workers’ Council Strike

Monday 7 June 1976

The United Ulster Unionist Council (UUUC) took a vote opposing any talks between the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

Thursday 7 June 1979

European Parliament Elections

This was the first election to the European parliament. Northern Ireland was treated as a single constituency with three seats being contested by 13 candidates.

The election was by Proportional Representation using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system while the rest of the United Kingdom (UK) continued to use the ‘first past the post’ system .

Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), topped the poll with 29.8 per cent of the first preference votes and was elected on the first count.

John Hume, then deputy leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), got 24.6 per cent of the vote and narrowly missed the quota but was elected on the third count.

John Taylor, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), got 11.9 per cent of the first preference vote and was elected on the sixth count.

Tuesday 7 June 1988

The Northern Ireland Police Federation (NIPF), an organisation representing the views of many Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers, called for the introduction of internment in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Wednesday 7 June 1989

It was announced that Shorts Aircraft Company, then Northern Ireland’s largest industrial employer, was to be sold to Bombardier, a Canadian company

Friday 7 June 1996

Garda Killed by IRA

Jerry McCabe, then a Detective in Garda Síochána

Jerry McCabe, then a Detective in Garda Síochána (the Irish police service), was shot dead during a post office robbery in Adare, County Limerick, Republic of Ireland. Suspicion for the killing fell on members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) who later admitted responsibility.

Sunday 7 June 1998

William Daley, then Commerce Secretary of the United States of America (USA), led a trade delegation of representatives of American companies to Northern Ireland.

Monday 7 June 1999

Loyalist paramilitaries left a pipe-bomb at a Catholic primary school in Ballymena, County Antrim.

The bomb was made safe by British Army technical officers.

John Lockington (Dr), then a member of the Orange Order and the Royal Black Institution, took up office as the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

Figures published by the brokerage firm Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, showed that the Republic of Ireland was the second most expensive place in Europe after Finland to buy a house.

A typical urban home costs more than 18 times average annual disposable income in the Republic, compared with just 8.3 times in the USA.

Monday 7 June 1999

A pipe-bomb was found at St. Mary’s primary school in Ballymena, County Antrim. Nearly 120 children up to the age of 12 were evacuated from school grounds.

The attack was carried out by Loyalist paramilitaries.

Thursday 7 June 2001

Westminster General Election

There was a Westminster General Election across Britain and Northern Ireland. There were also local government District Councils elections on the same day.

[Following the count of the votes both Sinn Féin (SF) and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) made significant gains. Sinn Féin replace the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) as the largest Nationalist party. Seven of Northern Ireland’s 18 seats changed hands as a result of the election.]

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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.

4 People lost their lives on the 7th  June between 1976 – 1996

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07 June 1976


Paul McNally  (26)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Died two days after being shot from passing car while standing outside Ardoyne shops, Crumlin Road, Belfast

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07 June 1980
Richard Latimer  (39)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot at his shop, Main Street, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh.

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07 June 1992
Glenn Goodman   (37)

nfNIB
Status: British Police (BP),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot shortly after stopping car while on mobile patrol, Strutton with Hazelwood, near Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England.

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07 June 1996
Gerard McCabe   (52)

nfNIRI
Status: Garda Siochana (GS),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Undercover Garda Siochana (GS) member. Shot during armed robbery, while escorting post office van, Adare, County Limerick.

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