24th June – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

24th June

Tuesday 24 June 1969

The Parliamentary Commissioner Act (Northern Ireland) became law. The act provided for a Commissioner to investigate complaints of maladministration against government departments.

Saturday 24 June 1972

David Moon, one of the victims

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) killed three British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven, County Derry.

Monday 24 June 1974

  

Gerard Craig  &  David Russell

Two members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) were killed in a premature explosion while planting a bomb at a shop on Greenhaw Road, Shantallow, Derry.

Tuesday 24 June 1986

Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), said that Northern Ireland was on the verge of civil war.

Thursday 24 June 1993

Michael Mates, then a Northern Ireland Office (NIO) Minister, resigned his post. [He was replaced by John Wheeler.]

Friday 24 June 1994

John Major, then British Prime Minister, held a meeting with Albert Reynolds, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), during a European Union conference in Corfu.

Saturday 24 June 1995

There was a clash between Sinn Féin (SF) supporters and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers during a protest against an Orange Order parade in the Whiterock area of Belfast.

Wednesday 24 June 1998

A Republican paramilitary group exploded a car bomb, estimated at 200 pounds, in the centre of Newtownhamilton, County Armagh. A 50 minute warning about the bomb had been received but people were still being cleared when it exploded and six people, including a 15 year old boy, were injured.

The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) claimed responsibility for the bomb.

[Security sources believed that the “real” Irish Republican Army (rIRA) was involved in supplying the INLA with Semtex commercial explosive which was thought to have been used as a component in the bomb.]

Thursday 24 June 1999

Officers in the Traffic Branch of the Garda Síochána (the Irish police) intercepted 300lb of explosives in a car outside Letterkenny in the Republic of Ireland.

William Stobie (48), of Forthriver Road, Belfast, was charged with the killing of the Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane on 12 February 1989.

William Stobie.jpg

Stobie, who had served in the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), was remanded in custody to the Maze Court on 14 July 1999. Stobie was claimed to have been the west Belfast quartermaster for the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF), a cover name (pseudonym) used by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA).

His lawyers claimed that Stobie had been an informer for Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Special Branch at the time of the killing.

See William “Billy” Stobie

The Orange Order began a 10 day ‘Long March’ from Derry to Drumcree. The march was in support of Protestant rights and the Portadown Orangemen who wished to march down the Garvaghy Road on 4 July 1999

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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.

11 People lost their lives on the 24th June between 1972 – 1993

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24 June 1972
Christopher Stevenson  (24)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on British Army (BA) mobile patrol, Crabarkey, near Dungiven, County Derry.

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24 June 1972


David Moon   (24)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on British Army (BA) mobile patrol, Crabarkey, near Dungiven, County Derry.

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24 June 1972
Stuart Reid   (26)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on British Army (BA) mobile patrol, Crabarkey, near Dungiven, County Derry.

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24 June 1972
John Brown   (29)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Association (UDA),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Found shot near his home, Blackmountain Parade, Springmartin, Belfast. Internal Ulster Defence Association dispute.

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24 June 1974


Gerard Craig  (17)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in premature explosion while planting bomb at supermarket, Greenhaw Road, Shantallow, Derry.

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24 June 1974


David Russell   (18)

Protestant
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in premature explosion while planting bomb at supermarket, Greenhaw Road, Shantallow, Derry

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24 June 1975


Alan Ralph  (25)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Republican group (REP)
Shot shortly after leaving work, while getting into his car, Balfour Avenue, off Ormeau Road, Belfast

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24 June 1979
 Joseph Porter   (63)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

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

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24 June 1987


Thomas Wilson   (35)

Catholic
Status: Civilian Political Activist (CivPA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Workers’ Party activist. Found shot, in entry, off Rodney Parade, Falls, Belfast. Alleged informer.

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24 June 1989
Liam McKee   (36)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF)
Shot at his home, Donard Drive, Tonagh, Lisburn, County Antrim.

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24 June 1993


John Lyness   (57)

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

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot outside his home, Lime Grove, Lurgan, County Armagh.

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