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10th June – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

10th June

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Wednesday 10 June 1981

Crumlin Road Prison Escape

Eight Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners on remand escaped form the Crumlin Road Prison in Belfast. The prisoners used three handguns, which had been smuggled into the prison, to hold prison officers hostage before taking their uniforms and shooting their way out of the prison.

Friday 10 June 1983

Following the election of Gerry Adams, then Vice-President of Sinn Féin (SF), as Member of Parliament (MP) for West Belfast, William Whitelaw, then British Home Secretary, lifted the ban on him entering Britain.

Friday 10 June 1988

A branch of the Conservative Party was established in Bangor, County Down. The ‘Model Conservative Association’ was part of an attempt to introduce British political parties into Northern Ireland.

Thursday 10 June 1993

It was confirmed that Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of the late President John F. Kennedy, would be the next American Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland.

Friday 10 June 1994

Two thousand workers from the Harland and Wolff shipyard stopped work for a period in protest at the killing at the shipyard on 9 June 1994.

Monday 10 June 1996

Stormont Talks Began

All-party negotiations (hereafter referred to as the ‘Stormont talks’) began in Stormont, Belfast. The talks began with opposition from the unionist parties to the extent of the role to be played by the chair George Mitchell. John Major, then British Prime Minister, and John Bruton, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), gave a joint press conference and indicated their support for George Mitchell. Sinn Féin (SF) were refused entry to the talks and the two governments issued a joint statement on the decision to exclude SF.

Tuesday 10 June 1997

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) admitted that it was responsible for a gun attack on a British Army patrol in Derry. There were no injuries during the attack.

The Ministry of Defence admitted that a batch of 90,000 plastic bullets that had been delivered to the security forces in Northern Ireland were faulty.

The bullets had a faster muzzle velocity that was publicly stipulated. From the original batch, 8,300 had been fired over the previous year.

The Garvaghy Residents Coalition in Portadown, County Armagh, sent a letter to Orangemen in Portadown asking for a “mutual apology for any hurt, offence or injustice”.

Wednesday 10 June 1998

David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), and nine other Unionist and Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs) voted against the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill during the second reading of the Bill in the House of Commons.

The proposed act was to allow for the early release of paramilitary prisoners as part of the Good Friday Agreement. In the Republic of Ireland the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) announced record breaking progress for the fourth consecutive year.

Reports showed that the IDA had helped to create 15,000 new jobs.

Thursday 10 June 1999

European Parliament Election

Elections to the European Parliament were held across the United Kingdom (UK). Northern Ireland was treated as a single constituency which returned three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Turnout for the election was 57 per cent.

[When counting was completed on Monday 14 June the three standing candidates were returned. Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), topped the poll for the fifth time, John Hume, then leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), was a close second. Jim Nicholson, then Ulster Unionist Party MEP, retained his seat despite a sharp drop in party support, and a strong challenge from Mitchel McLaughlin of Sinn Féin. (See: detailed results.)

The Irish Times (a Dublin based newspaper) reported that the deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), John Taylor, had threatened to resign twice in the past two weeks in a dispute over his refusal to endorse the party’s candidate, Jim Nicholson, in the European Parliament election.]

Radio Telefis Éireann’s (RTE) ‘Prime Time’ programme claimed that both Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers and Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldiers were involved in a gun and bomb attack on 19 December 1975 at the Silverbridge Inn, County Armagh, in which three people were killed. At the time the attack was claimed by the Red Hand Commando (RHC

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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.

7 People lost their lives on the 10th  June between 1972 – 1983

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10 June 1972


Martian Brown   (17)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Shot from passing car while standing with friends, Roden Street, off Grosvenor Road, Belfast.

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10 June 1973


Daniel O’Neill  (35)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Found shot on playing field, Deerpark Gardens, Oldpark, Belfast.

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10 June 1973


Samuel Rush  (45)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Bus driver. Shot by sniper firing at British Army (BA) Vehicle Check Point (VCP), Albertbridge Road, Belfast.

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10 June 1975


Roy Suitters   (39)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot at his greengrocer’s shop, Crumlin Road, near Ligoniel Road, Belfast

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10 June 1975
Larry White  (25)

nfNIRI
Status: Saor Eire (SE),

Killed by: Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA)
From County Cork. Shot near his home, Orrey Road, Gurranabrahar, County Cork

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10 June 1978


 Denis Heaney  (21)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot by undercover British Army (BA) member, while attempting to hijack a car, Harvey Street, Bogside, Derry

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10 June 1983
Geoffrey Curtis  (20)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by remote controlled bomb, hidden in lamp post, detonated when British Army (BA) foot patrol passed, Glenalina Road, Ballymurphy, Belfast.

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7th January – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

7th January

Monday 7 January 1974

Brian Faulkner, then Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Executive, resigned as leader of Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) after it rejected the Sunningdale Agreement on 4 January 1974.

Tuesday 7 January 1975

Representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) held a meeting with Merlyn Rees, then Secretary of Sate for Northern Ireland. However the meeting broke up over arguments about the contacts between government officials and the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Wednesday 7 January 1976

British Army Base South Armagh , 1977

In response to demands for a tougher security response, a unit of the Special Air Service (SAS) was moved into the South Armagh area.

 

[This was the first occasion when the deployment of SAS troops was officially acknowledged.]

Monday 7 January 1980

Constitutional Conference / Atkins Talks The talks called by Humphrey Atkins, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, got under way at Stormont. As part of the wider Atkins talks a constitutional conference was arranged at Stormont involving the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and the Alliance Party (APNI). The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) refused to take part in the conference. Atkins conceded a parallel conference which would allow the SDLP to raise issues, in particular an ‘Irish dimension’, which were not covered by the original terms of reference.

The DUP refused to get involved with the parallel conference.

[The Atkins talks continued until 24 March 1980 but did not succeed in achieving consensus amongst the parties.] [ Political Developments.]

Monday 7 January 1991

Richard Needham, then a Northern Ireland Office (NIO) Minister, criticised Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), for his support of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The criticism followed a recent fire-bomb campaign by the IRA. Needham queried whether the jobs for west Belfast, that were demanded by Sinn Féin (SF), would also be fire-bombed. Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), accused Needham of “theatrical hysterics”.

Friday 7 January 1994

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) carried out a bomb attack on a joint Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and British Army patrol in the Andersonstown area of Belfast.

Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), wrote to John Major, then British Prime Minister, seeking clarification of the Downing Street Declaration (DSD). Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State, appeared to rule out clarification of the DSD for SF because he said clarification would lead to negotiations.

[On 20 January 1994 SF got a reply from Major’s office saying there could be no re-negotiation of the DSD.]

The Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights (SACHR) called again for a bill of rights for Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 7 January 1997

Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers travelling in two Landrovers in the Shantallow area of Derry escaped injury when a bomb was thrown at their vehicles. There was disruption in Belfast caused by three bomb alerts.

Wednesday 7 January 1998

Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, announced that she would go into the Maze Prison to meet Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) prisoners in an attempt to change their decision to end their support for the peace process. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) described the decision by Mowlam as “madness”. The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) welcomed the decision.

Thursday 7 January 1999

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) warned that the failure of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to decommission its weapons could result in the re-negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Friday 7 January 2000

There was a pipe-bomb attack on the home of a Catholic man at Andraid Close, in the mainly Loyalist Stiles Estate. The blast occurred shortly after 4.00am in the rear garden of the house, causing minor damage. No one was injured. The attack was carried out by Loyalist paramilitaries.

Sunday 7 January 2001

There were pipe-bomb attacks on two families in Ballymena, County Antrim. It is understood that 11 people, including six children, escaped injury in the two attacks which took place within an hour of each other during the evening. In the first incident, a pipe-bomb was thrown through the living room window of a house on Ballymena’s Cushendall Road at 8.30pm. At around 9.20pm a pipe-bomb was thrown at a house in Clonavon Road near Ballymena town centre. Three adults and three children in the house escaped injury. The attacks were carried out by Loyalist paramilitaries.

Monday 7 January 2002

Figures released by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) showed that there had been a 50 per cent increase in armed robberies in one year. There were 927 armed robberies in 2000 / 2001 compared with 682 in 1999 / 2000. Hijackings had almost doubled with 182 in 2000 / 2001 compared with 91 in 1999 / 2000.

 

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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.

3 People   lost their lives on the 7th  January  between  1972 – 1990

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07 January 1972


Daniel O’Neill,  (20)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Died two days after being shot during gun battle, Oranmore Street, Falls, Belfast

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07 January 1976
Michael Dickson,   (17)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Found shot in entry, off Rockview Street, Belfast.

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07 January 1990
Martin Byrne,  (28)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Protestant Action Force (PAF)
Taxi driver. Found shot in his car, Aghacommon, Derrymacash, near Lurgan, County Armagh.

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