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19th August – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

19th August

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

Tuesday 19 August 1969

Representatives of the British and Northern Ireland governments held a meeting in London lasting two days.

A Communique and Declaration was issued at the end of the first day. The declaration affirmed that there would be no change in the constitutional status of Northern Ireland without the consent of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

[This Joint Declaration became known as the ‘Downing Street Declaration’, a name which was applied to another document on 15 December 1993.]

Wednesday 19 August 1998

Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), announced his governments intention to introduce tough anti-terrorist measures. The proposals would include seizure of land or other property which has been used for storing weapons or making bombs. In addition it was announced that a suspect’s right to silence would be withdrawn. Ahern admitted that the measures could be described as “draconian”.

Sunday 19 August 2001

Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland issued a statement calling on people to support the latest proposals on policing in the region:

“We believe the time is now right for all those who sincerely want a police service that is fair, impartial and representative to grasp the opportunity that is presented and to exercise their influence to achieve such a service.”


Remembering all innocent victims of the Troubles

5 People lost their lives on the 19th August between 1972 – 1997

Today is the anniversary of the follow  people killed as a results of the conflict in Northern Ireland

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.

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 19 August 1972


James Neill,   (44)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Found shot, Elswick Street, off Springfield Road, Belfast.

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 19 August 1976


William Creighton,  (77)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot attempting to stop bomb attack on his garage, Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy, Belfast.

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 19 August 1978
Gilbert Johnston, (25)

Protestant
Status: ex-Ulster Defence Regiment (xUDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot outside shop, Keady, County Armagh.

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 19 August 1978
Michael Riley,  (31)

Protestant
Status: ex-Ulster Defence Regiment (xUDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died two months after being shot at his home, Denmark Street, Shankill, Belfast

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 19 August 1997
Brian O’Raw,  (31) nfNI

Status: Ulster Defence Association (UDA),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Originally from Scotland. Abducted somewhere in the Dundonald area, County Down. Found beaten to death, Kiltonga nature reserve, off Belfast Road, Newtownards, County Down, on 26 September 1977. Ulster Defence Association (UDA) / Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) feud

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