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28th June – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

28th June


Sunday 28 June 1970

Around 500 Catholic workers at the Harland and Wolff shipyard were forced to leave their work by Protestant employees. Most of the Catholic workers were unable to return and lost their jobs.


Serious rioting continued in Belfast.


Thursday 28 June 1973

Northern Ireland Assembly Election

Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly were contested in Northern Ireland. There was some violence during the day, some of which was directed against a number of polling stations.

However, the turnout was high at 72.3 per cent.

The election gave those parties supporting the White Paper 52 seats whereas those parties against the paper obtained 26 seats. However, a number of the candidates who were elected with the ‘pro-White Paper’ parties were themselves against the proposals so reducing the margin in the new Assembly.


Tuesday 28 June 1983

John Hume, then leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), addressed the House of Commons in Westminster in his ‘maiden speech’. He spoke of Britain’s ‘psychological withdrawal’ from Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 28 June 1988

Margaret Thatcher, then British Prime Minister, met Charles Haughey, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), following a European Community summit in Hanover. The British government announced that the Harland and Wolff shipyard was to be privatised.

Friday 28 June 1991

Cahal Daly, then Archbishop, was elevated by the Pope to Cardinal.

Monday 28 June 1993

It was disclosed that the British Labour Party had produced a discussion document in 1992 on the future of Northern Ireland .

The document contained a proposal that, in the absence of agreement between the political parties, there should be joint authority, between Britain and the Republic of Ireland, over Northern Ireland for a period of 20 years.

[The proposals were welcomed by Nationalists but were rejected by Unionists.]

Wednesday 28 June 1995

Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said that if Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries did not decommission their weapons then political talks would proceed without their political representatives.

Friday 28 June 1996

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) launched an attack at a British Army barracks in Osnabreuck, Germany. Three mortars were fired in the attack but there were no injuries. Several buildings were damaged.

Saturday 28 June 1997

Following an Orange Order parade on the Springfield Road in west Belfast there were scuffles between the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and nationalists.

Monday 28 June 1999

A Catholic woman (45) and her six year old son escaped injury when there was a pipe-bomb attack on their south Belfast home.

Police say bomb disposal experts called to the scene in Belfast’s Finaghy area found the remnants of a pipe-bomb which had been pushed through the letter box in the front door.

The attack was carried out by Loyalist paramilitaries.

The Parades Commission issued its decision on the proposed parade by the Portadown District of the Orange Order along the Garvaghy Road, Portadown, on Sunday 4 July 1999. The decision re-routed the Orange Order parade away from the Garvaghy Road and instructed the order to use the outward route when returning from Drumcree.

The decision followed the breakdown of talks between Garvaghy Road residents and the Orange Order.

The Commission also re-routed the ‘Long March’ away from Nationalist areas of Lurgan, County Armagh, on Friday 2 July 1999.

The press conference at which the decisions were announced was disrupted by a bomb alert, which turned out to be a hoax telephone call.

Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister, and Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), began a “final push” to end the impasse over decommissioning and the formation of the Executive. David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), issued a statement on decommissioning.


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 28th  June between 1975 – 1980


28 June 1975

Patrick Rolston  (16)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Found shot by entrance to Throne Hospital, Whitewell Road, Greencastle, Belfast.


28 June 1976
John Freeburn   (30)

Status: ex-Ulster Defence Regiment (xUDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot while in Celtic Supporters’ Social Club, Edward Street, Lurgan, County Armagh


28 June 1976


William Snowdon  (18)

Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died five days after being injured in a land mine attack on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Drumlougher, near Crossmaglen, County Armagh


28 June 1980
William Elliott   (48)

Status: ex-Ulster Defence Regiment (xUDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
From Northern Ireland. Shot at cattle mart, Ballybay, County Monaghan.