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2nd June – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

2nd June

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Friday 2 June 1972

Two British Army soldiers were killed in a land mine attack by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) near Rosslea, County Fermanagh.

Saturday 2 June 1973

Two Protestant civilians were shot dead by members of a Loyalist paramilitary group during an attack in Druse Street, Belfast.

Wednesday 2 June 1976

Ronald McAdam

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) shot dead an off-duty member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) outside the Royal Victoria Hospital, Falls Road, Belfast.

The IRA also shot dead a member of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) at his home in Cambrai Street, Shankill, Belfast.

A Protestant civilian was shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries in Comber, County Down;

a Catholic man had been the intended target.

Linda Baggley (19), then an Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officer, died nine days after being shot by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) at Chapel Road, Waterside, Derry

Thursday 2 June 1977

                       

      Hugh Martin     Samuel Davison    Kenneth Lynch

Three members of an Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) mobile patrol were shot dead by Irish Republican Army (IRA) snipers near Ardboe, County Tyrone.

Monday 2 July 1979

The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) was declared illegal across the whole of the United Kingdom (UK).

[This followed the killing of Airey Neave on 30 March 1979.]

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See Airey Neave

Tuesday 2 June 1987

Lord Gerry Fitt criticised the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) for its lack of socialist principles.

 

Thursday 2 June 1994

25 Security Personnel Killed in Helicopter Crash

An Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook helicopter travelling from Northern Ireland to Scotland crashed in fog into a hillside on the Mull of Kintyre, Argyll, Scotland, killing all 29 people on board.

Of those killed, 10 were senior officers in Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Special Branch, 6 were senior officers in the Security Service (MI5), and 9 were senior officers in British Army (BA) intelligence.

The 4 members of the RAF crew were also killed. The 25 security personnel had been travelling to a security conference in Inverness.

[In June 1995 an RAF report blamed pilot error for the crash. An Inquiry in March 1996 concluded that there was no evidence of pilot error. In May 1998 the House of Commons Select Committee on Defence found “no compelling evidence” that design failure was responsible for the accident.]

See BBC News for full story

Friday 2 June 1995

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Nine Ulster Defence Association (UDA) members were transferred from the Maze Prison to Maghaberry Prison. The move followed disputes with senior UDA members.

See Maze Prison

Monday 2 June 1997

First Nationalist Mayor of Belfast

Alban Maginness, then a Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) councillor in Belfast was elected Lord Mayor of the city. This was the first time that a Nationalist had been elected as mayor. Jim Rodgers of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) was elected deputy Lord Mayor.

Tuesday 2 June 1998

Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, addressed the Northern Ireland Police Federation. Her speech was interrupted by a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officer protesting at the early release of paramilitary prisoners. Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister, paid another visit to Northern Ireland and met with party leaders for discussions.

Wednesday 2 June 1999

The Grand Lodge of the Orange Order announced that it would organise a series of protests in support of Portadown Orangemen during the period leading up to the Drumcree parade 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.

16  People lost their lives on the 2nd June  between 1972 – 1993

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02 June 1972
Victor Husband   (23)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Derryvolan, near Rosslea, County Fermanagh.

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02 June 1972
Brian Robertson   (23)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Derryvolan, near Rosslea, County Fermanagh.

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02 June 1973


Samuel McCleave   (25)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Found beaten and stabbed to death, Hill Street, Belfast.

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02 June 1974


Paul Tinnelly   (34)

Catholic
Status: ex-Official Irish Republican Army (xOIRA),

Killed by: Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA)
Shot at his home, The Square, Rostrevor, County Down. Internal OIRA dispute

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02 June 1976


Linda Baggley   (19)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died nine days after being shot while on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) foot patrol, Chapel Road, Waterside, Derry.

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02 June 1976


Ronald McAdam  (31)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot while accompanying patient outside Royal Victoria Hospital, Falls Road, Belfast.

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02 June 1976
John Parsons   (51)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Association (UDA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot at his home, Cambrai Street, Shankill, Belfast

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02 June 1976
David Spratt  (23)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Red Hand Commando (RHC)
Shot at his sister’s home, Darragh Road, Comber, County Down. Catholic man intended target

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02 June 1977


 Hugh Martin  (58)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by IRA snipers while on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) mobile patrol, Carnan, near Ardboe, County Tyrone

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02 June 1977


Samuel Davison  (24)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by IRA snipers while on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) mobile patrol, Carnan, near Ardboe, County Tyrone

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02 June 1977


Kenneth Lynch  (22)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by IRA snipers while on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) mobile patrol, Carnan, near Ardboe, County Tyrone.

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02 June 1979


Alan Dunne   (36)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: non-specific Republican group (REP)
Off duty. Shot while standing outside his home, Ballinahone Crescent, Armagh

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02 June 1979
David Stinson  (32)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Republican group (REP)
Shot while standing outside Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) member’s home, Ballinahone Crescent, Armagh.

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02 June 1982


Patrick Smith   (16)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA)
Killed by booby trap bomb attached to abandoned motorcycle, Rugby Road, Belfast.

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02 June 1987


Samuel McClean   (41)

nfNIRI
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
From County Donegal. Off duty. Shot at his parents’ farm, Callan, Drumkeen, near Raphoe, County Donegal.

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02 June 1993
Brenda McKenna   (29)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF)
Shot while driving lorry along Hillhead Road, Comber, County Down.

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1st June – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

1st June

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Thursday 1 June 1978

David Cook, then a member of the Alliance Party (APNI), became the first non-Unionist Lord Mayor of Belfast. Cook secured this post because of a dispute between Unionist councillors.

[It was not until 1997 that a Catholic became Lord Mayor of Belfast.]

Roy Mason, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, held talks with Irish ministers in Dublin.

Tuesday 1 June 1982

Robert Richardson, then a Lieutenant-General, succeeded Richard Lawson as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the British Army in Northern Ireland.

Friday 1 June 1984

Reagan Visit to Ireland

Ronald Reagan, then President of the United States of America (USA), began a four-day visit to the Republic of Ireland.

Thursday 1 June 1989

Two men were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two British Army corporals on 19 March 1988.

Alex Murphy  Killers

 

 

See Corporal Killings

[This was the first in a number of trials connected with the killings.]

Friday 1 June 1990

Two British soldiers were killed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in separate incidents in England and Germany.

Monday 1 June 1992

A Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) councillor was elected Mayor in Derry with the backing of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

[The SDLP had a policy of rotating the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor between Nationalist and Unionist candidates.]

Tuesday 1 June 1993

Reg Empey, then a Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) councillor, was elected as Lord Mayor of Belfast. Hugh Smyth, then a Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) councillor, was elected as Deputy Lord Mayor.

Wednesday 1 June 1994

Dick Spring, then Tánaiste (deputy Irish Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs), told the Daíl that the key to Sinn Féin (SF) joining political talks was a permanent cessation of violence.

He said there would also have to be verification of the handing over of weapons.

Thursday 1 June 1995

Alasdair McDonnell, then a Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) councillor, was elected Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast. McDonnell was the first Nationalist councillor to hold this position.

[The first Nationalist councillor to be elected Lord Mayor was appointed on 2 June 1997.]

Sunday 1 June 1997

Gregory Taylor (41), an off-duty Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Constable, died following a beating he received from a Loyalist mob. Taylor was beaten and kicked to death outside a pub in Ballymoney, County Antrim, by a group of Loyalist bandsmen.

Taylor had been attacked after a row over the RUC’s position on a Apprentice Boys of Derry parade in Dunloy, County Antrim.

[It was later disclosed that Taylor had used his mobile phone to try to summon help, prior to the attack, from the local police station but no car was available to come to his aid. Initially eight men were charged with his murder including the son of an RUC officer, but a number of these were released when the case came to trial.

Two men were sentenced to life imprisonment but were later released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Two other men pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to four years imprisonment.]

Monday 1 June 1998

Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, delivered a speech on the results of the referendum. David Alderdice, then an Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) councillor in Belfast, was elected as Lord Mayor of Belfast.

In Derry the Nationalist controlled council elected a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Mayor and a Sinn Féin (SF) Deputy Mayor.

[For many years in Derry the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) had adopted the policy of rotating the position of Mayor between Nationalist and Unionist parties.]

Tuesday 1 June 1999

Marie Moor, then Sinn Féin (SF) councillor, was elected as deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast. This was the first SF member to attain this position.

Robert Stoker, then Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) councillor, was elected as Lord Mayor.

Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), appealed for further information on where the Irish Republican Army (IRA) had placed the bodies of the ‘disappeared’.

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Ahern hoped any information would be passed to the Garda Síochána (the Irish police) and members of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR). He was replying to Mr Quinn, then Labour Party leader, who referred to the “extraordinary agony” which the families were going through.

See The Disappeared

Thursday 1 June 2000

There was an explosion in the early hours of the morning at Hammersmith Bridge in London. The explosion caused some damage to the bridge but no injuries. It was believed that the bomb attack was carried out by dissident republicans.

 

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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.

5   People lost their lives on the 1st June  between 1975 – 1997

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01 June 1975
Margaret Kilfedder  (61)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in bomb attack on her home, Garrison, County Fermanagh. House previously owned by Ulster Defence Regiment member.

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01 June 1985
Roy McAlpine   (24)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot outside friend’s home, Annadale Flats, Ballynafeigh, Belfast. Internal Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) dispute.

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01 June 1990


Robert Davies  (19)

nfNIB
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot while sitting on bench at railway station, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.

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01 June 1990
Michael Dillon-Lee (34)

nfNIE
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot outside his home, Dortmund, West Germany.

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01 June 1997


Gregory Taylor  (41)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Off duty. Beaten to death, outside Kelly’s Bar, Church Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.

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