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14th February – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

14th February

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Monday 14 February 1972

Lord Widgery arrived in Coleraine, where the ‘Bloody Sunday’ (30 January 1972) Tribunal was to be based, and held a preliminary hearing. During this initial hearing Widgery announced that the tribunal would be “essentially a fact-finding exercise” and then went on to narrow the terms of reference for the tribunal.

See Bloody Sunday

Wednesday 14 February 1979

There was a meeting between Roy Mason, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and M. O’Kennedy, then Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs in London.

Tuesday 14 February 1989

John Davey, a Sinn Féin (SF) councillor, was shot dead by Loyalist gunmen near Maghera, County Derry.

Thursday 14 February 1991

Peter Brooke, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, told the House of Commons that there were still differences between the Northern Ireland political parties, the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), and Irish ministers, over the proposals for talks. Charges against Desmond Ellis, who had been extradited from the Republic of Ireland to Britain, were changed when he appeared in court. The introduction of new charges was contrary to Irish law and the incident sparked a row between the two countries.

[The decision was reversed on 4 June 1991 and the original charges reinstated.]

Tuesday 14 February 1995

A delegation from the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) had a meeting with John Major, then British Prime Minister, in London. Following the meeting the UUP wrote to Major to state that the party would not take part in all-party talks based on a “nationalist agenda”.

Friday 14 February 1997

Relatives of those killed on ‘Bloody Sunday’ met with Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to put the case for a fresh inquiry in the events of 30 January 1972.

Sunday 14 February 1999

Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), was involved in controversy after making apparently contradictory statements about the decommissioning of IRA arms. In an interview with The Sunday Times (a London based newspaper) Ahern indicated that the Northern Ireland Executive could not be established without a start to decommissioning. Later, he said Sinn Féin (SF) should not be barred from the Executive in the absence of decommissioning. The President, Mrs McAleese, met the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, for the first time in Rome.

Sunday 14 February 1999

A pipe-bomb was thrown at a house, Graymount, north Belfast.

 

Thursday 14 February 2002

Police uncovered a pipe-bomb, and components parts for another two devices, during a search of houses in Ballymena, County Antrim. A sawn-off shotgun and automatic pistol were also found. There were no arrests.

During other searches in the Clogh area of County Antrim, shotgun cartridges and other ammunition were found. Again there were no arrests.

A Sinn Féin (SF) spokesperson said that the party’s four Members of Parliament (MPs) had already begun to complete the House of Commons register of members’ interests before a committee had ruled that the register would have to be completed. The previous rule had only applied to those MPs who were taking their seats at Westminster.

See Omagh Bomb

The Police Association, which represents all the members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), launched a legal action in the High Court in Belfast to attempt to quash the report by the Police Ombudsman on the Omagh bomb investigation. The Ombudsman report was critical of the handling of the investigation by the Chief Constable. The Omagh Victims’ Group said they welcomed the possibility that Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the PSNI, may retire at the end of February 2002.

Charles, then Prince of Wales, arrived in Dublin on for his second official visit to the Republic. He met with Mary McAleese, then President of the Republic of Ireland, and Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister).

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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.

6 People   lost their lives on the 14th February  between  1973– 1989

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14 February 1973
Edwin Weston,  (20)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by sniper while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Divis Street, Lower Falls, Belfast.

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14 February 1976


Anthony Doherty,   (14)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: not known (nk)
Killed by exploding petrol tank of burning hijacked lorry, during street disturbances, Leeson Street, Lower Falls, Belfast.

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14 February 1976
William Wilson,   (57)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Republican group (REP)
Died one month after being injured during bomb attack on his home, Fortwilliam Parade, Skegoneill, Belfast. He was wounded on 17 January 1976.

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14 February 1979


Steven Kirby,   (22)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by sniper while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Abercorn Road, Derry.

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14 February 1980
John Morrow,   (37)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Shot shortly after leaving Hatfield Bar, Ormeau Road, Belfast.

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14 February 1989


John Davey,   (61)

Catholic
Status: Civilian Political Activist (CivPA),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Sinn Fein (SF) Councillor. Shot as he drove his car into the laneway of his home, Gulladuff, near Maghera, County Derry.

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22nd January – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

22nd January

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Saturday 22 January 1972

An anti-internment march was held at Magilligan strand, County Derry, with several thousand people taking part. As the march neared the internment camp it was stopped by members of the Green Jackets and the Parachute Regiment of the British Army, who used barbed wire to close off the beach.

When it appeared that the marchers were going to go around the wire, the army then fired rubber bullets and CS gas at close range into the crowd. A number of witnesses claimed that the paratroopers (who had been bused from Belfast to police the march) severely beat protesters and had to be physically restrained by their own officers.

John Hume accused the soldiers of “beating, brutalising and terrorising the demonstrators”. There was also an anti-internment parade in Armagh, County Armagh.

Tuesday 22 January 1974

Eighteen Loyalist protestors were forcefully removed from the front benches of the Assembly. It took eight Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers to carry Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to steps outside the Assembly building.

Harry West succeeded Brian Faulkner as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP).

Thursday 22 January 1976

  

Two members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) were killed by a booby-trap bomb in Donegall Pass RUC base, Belfast. No group claimed responsibility.

A Catholic civilian was shot dead by Loyalists in Belfast.

A member of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) was shot dead by the IRA near Portglenone, County Derry.

In a case of mistaken identity, a Protestant civilian was shot dead by Loyalists in Belfast.

The IRA shot dead a man alleged to have been an informer in County Tyrone.

Saturday 22 January 1977

Two people were found shot dead in a burning car in the Shankill area of Belfast; they had been killed by Loyalist paramilitaries.

Wednesday 22 January 1992

See Brian Nelson

Nelson Pleaded Guilty Brian Nelson, who had operated as a British Army agent and a Ulster Defence Association (UDA) intelligence officer, pleaded guilty to five charges of conspiracy to murder and 14 charges of possessing information useful to terrorists. [Nelson was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment. His decision to plead guilty meant that the security services did not have to justify their actions in court.]

Friday 22 January 1993

Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, travelled to Dublin for informal talks with Dick Spring, the Tánaiste (deputy Irish Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs). Mayhew agreed to informal discussions with the Irish government in advance of any new political talks in Northern Ireland.

Sunday 22 January 1995

Dick Spring, then Tánaiste (deputy Irish Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs), said that the issue of the decommissioning of paramilitary weapons should not be allowed to become an obstacle to all-party talks.

Thursday 22 January 1998

RUC Blame UDA / UFF For Killings Chris McMahon (29), a Catholic civilian, was shot and seriously wounded at the bakery where he worked in Newtownabbey, near Belfast. McMahon was shot at around 6.00pm in a random attack by a Loyalist paramilitary group.

Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), stated that the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) were involved in the recent killings of three Catholics. This despite the fact that the UFF was supposed to be on ceasefire.

The UFF is a cover name (pseudonym) used by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA). David Adams, then a spokesman for the Ulster Democratic Party (UDP), denied that the UFF were behind the recent killings. There were calls for the UDP to be expelled from the multi-party talks.

See UDA Page

The funeral of Larry Brennan took place in Belfast.

The funeral of Jim Guiney, who was a leading member of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), took place in Lisburn, County Down. Further evidence of the Republic of Ireland’s growing modern technological base was confirmed when Dell Computer announced plans to create 3,000 new jobs in Limerick, County Limerick and Bray, County Wicklow, over the next three years in an £180m. expansion plan.

Friday 22 January 1999

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) announced that seven security bases along the County Fermanagh border would be closed.

Lindsay Robb, then a Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) prisoner and former member of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) team that engaged in talks leading to the Good Friday Agreement, was the first LVF prisoner to be given early release.

Tuesday 22 January 2002

Two packages, each containing a single bullet, which were addressed to representatives of Nationalist resident groups were intercepted by postal workers at Mallusk, County Antrim.

Breandan Mac Cionnaith,

The parcels were addressed to Gerard Rice, then representative of the Lower Ormeau Concerned Community in Belfast, and Breandan Mac Cionnaith, then representative of the Garvaghy Road Residents’ Coalition in Portadown, County Armagh. Both men were prominent in protests against Loyal Order parades in their areas.

A suspected pipe-bomb was found outside the home of Alex Maskey (SF), then Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). The device was later declared an “elaborate hoax”.

Colin Murphy

 

 

Colm Murphy (49) was found guilty at the Special Criminal Court (three judges sitting without a jury) in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, of conspiracy to cause an explosion. He was the first person to be convicted in relation to the Omagh Bombing on 15 August 1998. Murphy was originally from south Armagh but had a home in County Louth, Republic of Ireland.

[Murphy was sentenced on Friday 25 January 2002 to 14 years in prison.]

See Omagh Bombing

It was announced that the British Army’s Ebrington Barracks in Derry would close, as would a watchtower near the border in south Armagh. Although the Army stated that troop numbers would not be reduced it was announced that 500 soldiers based at Ebrington would return to England where they would be put on stand-by.

David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), travelled to Downing Street, London, for a meeting with Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister. Trimble warned that the peace process was in danger of being undermined. He claimed that the government had “bent the rules” to allow Sinn Féin (SF) Members of Parliament (MPs) office facilities at Westminster.

Trimble also advised Blair against amnesties for Irish Republican Army (IRA) members who were ‘on the run’.

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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.

 9 People   lost their lives on the 22nd  January  between  1976– 1990

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22 January 1976
Niall O’Neill,  (27)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Shot at his home, Thirlmere Gardens, off Cavehill Road, Belfast.

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22 January 1976


John Arrell,   (32)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot while driving his firm’s minibus home from work, Claudy, near Portglenone, County Derry.

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22 January 1976


John Morrow,  (36)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot during gun attack on his firm’s van, while travelling along Ballyutoag Road, Ligoniel, Belfast. Assumed to be a Catholic.

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22 January 1976
Kieran McCann,   (20)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot at his workplace, Eglish, near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Alleged informer.

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22 January 1976


George Bell,  (54)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: not known (nk)
Killed by booby trap bomb hidden in abandoned shotgun which exploded in Donegall Pass Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base, Belfast.

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22 January 1976


Neville Cummings,  (37)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: not known (nk)
Killed by booby trap bomb hidden in abandoned shotgun which exploded in Donegall Pass Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base, Belfast.

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22 January 1977
Thomas Boston,   (45)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Found shot in burning car, Downing Street, Shankill, Belfast.

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22 January 1977
John Lowther,   (43)

nfNI
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Originally from County Mayo. Found shot in burning car, Downing Street, Shankill, Belfast.

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22 January 1990


Derek Monteith,   (35)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot at his home, Kilburn Park, Armagh.

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