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31st May – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

31st May

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Saturday 31 August 1968

A delegation from the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) met with members of the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) to discuss the proposed march.

An ad-hoc Civil Rights Committee was established to organise the march on Saturday 5 October 1968.

[The Committee did not operate as anticipated and effective control of the march fell to Eamonn McCann and Eamon Melaugh.]

Thursday 31 May 1973

Loyalist paramilitaries carried out three bomb and gun attacks on Catholic owned public houses in Belfast, killing 2 men and injuring over 20 people.

In the first attack at 8.30pm a Loyalist gunman believed to be a member of the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF), a covername for the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), opened fire on customers in Muldoon’s Bar with a Sterling sub-machine gun (SMG).

A bomb was also thrown into the bar. Thomas Curry (50), a civilain sea captain from Preston in England, was killed in the attack.

[It was latter revealed that the gun used in the attack had been stolen from a Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) base on 23 October 1972 (Irish News; 3 May 2006).]

Later there was a bomb attack on McGlade’s Bar in Donegall Street in which Gerard Barnes (31), a Catholic civilian, was killed as he walked pass the bar. Members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) were believed to be responsible.

Friday 31 May 1974

Merlyn Rees, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said that the Ulster Workers’ Council (UWC) strike had demonstrated a rise in ‘Ulster Nationalism’ which would have to be taken into account by the Westminster government.

Thursday 31 May 1984

The Lear Fan aircraft company in Belfast announced that almost all 350 jobs at the company would end.

[The company ceased trading in May 1985. The government had invested £45 million in the firm since 1980.]

Wednesday 31 May 1989

Hugh Annesley succeeded John Hermon as the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).

Friday 31 May 1991

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) carried out a bomb attack on a Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) base at Glenanne, County Armagh, and killed three UDR soldiers. The bomb, estimated at 2,000 pounds, was placed in a lorry that was then rolled down a hill and into the perimeter fence.

Wednesday 31 May 1995

Prince Charles began a two day official visit to the Republic of Ireland. It was the first official visit by a member of the British royal family since Irish independence.

While the Prince attended a reception in Dublin Castle there was a protest outside against his visit by approximately 3,000 people.

Saturday 31 May 1997

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) was forced to abandon a bomb in the Poleglass area of Belfast.

John Bruton, the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), called a halt to all further contacts between officials of the Irish government and Sinn Féin (SF).

Loyalist protesters staging a picket outside the Catholic church in Harryville, Ballymena, blocked the road to deny access to the chapel. One man was arrested by the police for disorderly conduct.

 

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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.

13  People lost their lives on the 31st May between 1973 – 1993

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31 May 1972
Michael Bruce   (27 ) nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by sniper while on British Army (BA) mobile patrol, Kennedy Way, Andersonstown, Belfast

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31 May 1973
Thomas Curry   (50)

nfNI
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
English seaman. Shot during bomb and gun attack on Muldoon’s Bar, Corporation Square, Belfast.

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31 May 1973


Gerard Barnes   (31)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Passerby, killed when bomb exploded outside McGlade’s Bar, Donegall Street, Belfast.

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31 May 1974
Alfred Shotter  (54)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by booby trap bomb hidden in dustbin at his former home, Strabane Old Road, Gobnascale, Derry

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31 May 1975


Eamon Molloy   (22)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Abducted somewhere in Belfast during May 1975. Remains found, on instructions from the IRA, placed in a coffin, left above ground, in Faughart Cemetary, near Dundalk, County Louth, on 28 May 1999. Alleged informer

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31 May 1976


Frederick McLoughlin   (48)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Died two weeks after being shot during gun attack on Eagle Bar, Charlemont, County Armagh. He was injured on 15 May 1976.

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31 May 1981


Colin Dunlop   (30)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot while guarding patient at Royal Victoria Hospital, Falls Road, Belfast.

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31 May 1981
Michael O’Neill  (34)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by booby trap bomb in abandoned car, Drumalane Road, Newry, County Down.

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31 May 1987


Patrick Cunningham  (27)

Catholic
Status: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA),

Killed by: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA)
Abducted somewhere in the County Armagh area during May 1987. Found shot, in outbuilding of unoccupied farm, Errybane, near Castleblayney, County Monaghan, on 8 December 1987.

Internal Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) dispute.

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31 May 1991
Paul Blakely   (30)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by bomb left in abandoned lorry outside Glenanne British Army (BA) base, near Mount Norris, County Armagh.

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31 May 1991


Robert Crozier (46)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by bomb left in abandoned lorry outside Glenanne British Army (BA) base, near Mount Norris, County Armagh.

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31 May 1991


Sydney Hamilton  (44)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by bomb left in abandoned lorry outside Glenanne British Army (BA) base, near Mount Norris, County Armagh.

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31 May 1993
Christopher Wren   (34)

Protestant
Status: Royal Irish Regiment (RIR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Killed by booby trap bomb attached to his car while travelling along Carrydarragh Road, Moneymore, County Derry.

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30th May – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

30th May

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Wednesday 30 May 1973

District Council Elections

Local government elections were held in Northern Ireland based on the new 26 District Councils.

The elections were contested on a ‘proportional representation’ (PR) basis, using the single transferable vote (STV) system, for the first time in Northern Ireland since 1920. The turnout for the election was 68.1 per cent of the electorate.

There were a number of parties which were contesting elections in Northern Ireland for the first time, including: Alliance Party, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Republican Clubs, Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and Vanguard.

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) took 41.4 per cent of the vote, while the SDLP won almost all of the Nationalist / Catholic vote.

[See the page on election results for full details of the local government results.]

Thursday 30 May 1974

 

The Northern Ireland Assembly was prorogued for a period of four months.

[Public Records 1974 – Released 1 January 2005: Memo written by Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, in which he considers what might be done if there was a resumption of the strike.]

Monday 30 May 1977

A statement written by four members of the Church of Ireland, who were also graduates of Trinity College Dublin, appeared in the Irish Times and other newspapers.

The statement contained an apology for the deeds of the ‘Ascendancy Church’ in its dealing with the Catholics of Ireland.

Monday 30 May 1983

First Meeting of New Ireland Forum

The first meeting of the New Ireland Forum took place in Dublin Castle, Republic of Ireland.

Sinn Féin (SF) was excluded because the renunciation of violence was made an essential prerequisite to joining the Forum. The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) all refused to attend.

The Forum consisted of eight members of Fine Gael (FG), nine members of Fianna Fáil (FF), five members of Irish Labour, and five members of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

[ PRONI Records – May 1983.]

 

Monday 30 May 1994

At a press conference in Belfast, Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), described James Molyneaux, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), as:

“a Judas Iscariot”.

[On Wednesday 1 June 1994, Molyneaux said that the remark was “a shattering blow” to Unionist unity.]

Tuesday 30 May 1995

An Inquest opened in Craigavon, County Armagh, into the killing of 8 Irish Republican Army (IRA) members and one other person at Loughgall, County Armagh, on 8 May 1987.

See Loughgall Amush

Thursday 30 May 1996

Forum Elections

Elections to the proposed Northern Ireland Forum and all-party negotiations were held across Northern Ireland.

The most significant outcome was that Sinn Féin (SF) attracted a record vote of 15.5%. [RESULTS: Turnout – 64.7%, 754,296; Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) – 30 seats, 24.2%; Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) – 21 seats, 21.4%; Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – 24 seats, 21.4%; Sinn Féin (SF) – 17 seats, 15.5%; Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) – 7 seats, 6.5%; United Kingdom Unionists (UKU) – 3 seats, 3.7%; Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) – 2 seats, 3.5%; Ulster Democratic Party (UDP) – 2 seats, 2.2%; Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition (NIWC) – 2 seats, 1.0%; Labour – 2 seats, 0.8%.]

Friday 30 May 1997

Representatives of all of Northern Ireland political parties flew to South Africa for a conference with those who had negotiated the peace settlement in that country.

The conference was organised by Padraig O’Malley. Unionists only agreed to take part after assurances that there would be separate facilities so as to avoid direct contact with the Sinn Féin (SF) representatives.

Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), gave an interview to the BBC in which he said that major reform of the RUC would take place following an Irish Republican Army (IRA) ceasefire.

Saturday 30 May 1998

There were disturbances on the Garvaghy Road in Portadown following a ‘junior’ Orange Order parade in the area.

Nationalists from the Garvaghy Road threw petrol bombs at police lines, the police responded with plastic baton rounds. Several people were injured during the clashes.

[Rioting continued in the area on the following evening.]

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) voted to retain ‘Rule 21’ which bans members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and British Army from joining the GAA.

However, a motion was agreed which pledged the organisation to removing the rule when “effective steps are taken to implement the amended structures and policing arrangements envisaged in the British-Irish agreement.”

[The decision was strongly criticised by Unionist politicians in Northern Ireland.]

Tuesday 30 May 2000

Devolution Restored

The British government restored devolution to the Northern Ireland Assembly and the power-sharing Executive.

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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 30th May  between 1972 – 1993

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30 May 1972


Joan Scott   (12)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died three days after being shot during sniper attack on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) mobile patrol, Oldpark Road, Belfast.

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30 May 1972
Marcel Doglay   (28)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed when time bomb exploded inside Springfield Road Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) / British Army (BA) base, Belfast.

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30 May 1976
John Ritchie  (31)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Milkman. Found shot in his milk float, Springhill Avenue, Ballymurphy, Belfast.

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30 May 1977


Malachy Gregory   (39)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot at his workplace, College Square North, Belfast. Off duty Ulster Defence Regiment member intended target.

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30 May 1993


Edward McHugh   (65)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Red Hand Commando (RHC)
Shot at his home, Canberra Park, Dundonald, Belfast.

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