Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles
Wednesday 29 December 1971
A British soldier was shot dead in Derry.
Friday 29 December 1972
Ruairi O Bradaigh, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland.
Sunday 29 December 1974
Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners at Portlaoise Prison in the Republic of Ireland held a number of prison officers hostage and caused considerable damage in protests for better conditions. Troops were used to regain control and the prison officers were freed unharmed.
Sunday 29 December 1996
A report in the Sunday Times (a London based newspaper) claimed that Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), and Martin McGuinness, the Vice-President of Sinn Féin (SF), had both been appointed to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) Army Council. This allegation was denied by the men.
Monday 29 December 1997
Three men, all Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) prisoners at the Maze, appeared in court charged with the murder of Billy Wright, who had been leader of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF). Adam Ingram, then Security Minister, announced that the inquiry into the escape of Liam Averill from the Maze Prison would be extended to include the killing of Billy Wright.
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Wednesday 29 December 1999
A Catholic man was stabbed and killed at a taxi depot in New Lodge, Belfast. The killing was not thought to be sectarian.
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 29th December between 1971 – 1976
29 December 1971
Richard Ham, (20)
Status: British Army (BA),
Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Foyle Road, Brandywell, Derry
29 December 1972
James McDaid, (30)
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),
Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while walking across field, Ballyarnet, Derry.
29 December 1973
Miichael Logue, (21)
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),
Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Shot by sniper when Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) patrol lured to bogus robbery, Forthriver Road, Glencairn, Belfast.
29 December 1976
James Liggett, (67)
Status: Civilian (Civ),
Killed by: People’s Republican Army (PRA)
Security man. Died two weeks after being shot trying to stop bomb attack on Tavern Bar, Edenderry, Portadown, County Armagh.