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This is a timeline of actions by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), an Irish republican socialist paramilitary group. Most of these actions took place during its 1975–1998 campaign.

Contents

1974

1975

  • 25 February : The INLA shot dead Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) volunteer Sean Fox in the Divis Flats area of Belfast. This was part of an ongoing feud between the two republican groups.
  • 6 April : The Official IRA shot dead INLA volunteer Daniel Loghran on Albert Street, Belfast. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 12 April : The INLA shot dead Official IRA volunteer Paul Crawford on Falls Road, Belfast. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 28 April : The INLA shot dead Official IRA volunteer Liam McMillen on Falls Road, Belfast. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 24 May : An RUC officer was killed by an INLA booby trap bomb in in Ballinahone, near Maghera, County Londonderry.
  • 5 June : The Official IRA shot dead INLA volunteer Brendan McNamee on Stewartstown Road, Belfast. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 26 July : An INLA sniper shot dead an RUC officer shortly after he left his Armoured Personnel Carrier in Dungiven.
  • 10 October : A British soldier died two weeks after being shot by an INLA sniper in the Creggan area of Derry.
  • 2 December : Two civilians were shot dead by the INLA while sitting in a restaurant on Strand Road, Derry.

References for this year: [1] and [2]

1976

  • 7 February : A fourteen-year-old was killed by an INLA booby trap bomb hidden behind cottages near Portadown, County Armagh.
  • 3 August : An INLA sniper shot dead a British soldier in Dungiven.
  • 14 September : INLA and IRA prisoners in Maze Prison began the blanket protest.
  • 25 September : The INLA shot dead two civilians at their home in Finaghy.
  • 25 November : The INLA shot dead a British soldier during a robbery in Turf Lodge, Belfast.
  • 22 December : The INLA killed an RUC officer with a booby-trap bomb near Maghera.

References for this year: [3] and [4]

1977

  • 23 January : An INLA sniper shot dead a British soldier on Eliza Street, Belfast.
  • 19 June : The INLA shot dead a magistrate in a drive-by shooting in Portadown.
  • 5 October : INLA founder and leader Seamus Costello was shot dead by the Official IRA in Northbrook Avenue, Dublin. Part of ongoing feud.
  • 12 December : Undercover British Army soldiers shot dead INLA volunteer Colm McNutt in Derry.

References for this year: [5] and [6]

1978

1979

  • 6 March : The INLA killed a British Army UDR soldier with a booby-trap bomb in Portadown.
  • 30 March : Airey Neave, Conservative Member of Parliament and adviser to Margaret Thatcher, was killed in an INLA booby-trap bomb attack at the House of Commons, London.
  • 19 April : The INLA shot dead a Prison Officer during a sniper and grenade attack on Armagh Prison.
  • 27 July : The INLA killed an ex-member of the RUC with a booby-trap bomb in Portadown.
  • 31 July : The INLA shot dead an RUC officer in a drive-by shooting outside Armagh courthouse.
  • 7 November : The INLA shot dead a civilian who was employed by the Northern Ireland Prison Service in Belfast.

References for this year: [8] and [9]

1980

  • 13 January : A civilian died seven months after being shot during the robbery of a post office in Blackwatertown.
  • 9 August : An INLA sniper accidentally shot dead a civilian during an attack on a British Army patrol on Shaw's Road, Belfast.
  • 29 August : A civilian died when he triggered a booby-trap bomb hidden in a hedgerow near Keady.
  • 15 October : The Ulster Defence Association (UDA) shot dead unarmed INLA volunteers Ronnie Bunting and Noel Little in Downfine Gardens, Belfast. The IRSP and INLA maintain that British Intelligence was involved in the killings.
  • 19 November : The INLA shot dead a civilian outside Ulster Bank on Boucher Road, Belfast.
  • 10 December : The INLA shot dead a British Army UDR soldier on Fox Row, Belfast.
  • 28 December : The INLA shot dead a British soldier in Umgola, County Armagh.

References for this year: [10] and [11]

1981

  • 8 January : The INLA attacked an RUC patrol on Great Victoria Street, Belfast. One RUC officer was wounded and died of his injuries six days later.
  • 8 February : The INLA shot dead an RUC officer on Ravenhill Road, Belfast.
  • 1 March : A republican hunger strike began in the Maze Prison. Four INLA and nineteen IRA prisoners would join.
  • 27 March : The INLA shot dead a British Army UDR soldier on Cormac Street, Belfast.
  • 27 April : The INLA killed an RUC officer with a booby-trap bomb in the Andersonstown area of Belfast.
  • 7 May : INLA volunteer James Power was killed in a premature bomb explosion on Friendly Street, Belfast.
  • 12 May : A British Army sniper shot dead INLA volunteer Emmanuel McClarnon from Divis Tower, Belfast.
  • 21 May : INLA prisoner Patsy O'Hara died on hunger strike in the Maze Prison.
  • 31 July : The INLA shot dead an ex-RUC officer in Strabane, County Tyrone.
  • 1 August : INLA prisoner Kevin Lynch died on hunger strike in the Maze Prison.
  • 20 August : INLA prisoner Michael Devine died on hunger strike in the Maze Prison.
  • 29 September : The INLA shot dead a British Army UDR soldier on Springfield Road, Belfast.
  • 16 October : The INLA shot dead a member of the UDA in the Shankill area of Belfast.
  • 28 October : The INLA shot dead an alleged British informant and dumped his body in a rubbish dump in the Shantallow area of Derry.
  • 25 November : The INLA exploded a bomb at a British Army base in Herford, West Germany.

References for this year: [12] and [13]

1982

  • 29 January : The INLA shot dead leading loyalist figure John McKeague on Albertbridge Road, Belfast.
  • 20 February : The INLA shot dead a member of the Garda Siochana (Irish police force) in Tallaght, County Dublin.
  • 2 June : A sixteen-year-old was killed when he triggered an INLA booby-trap bomb attached to a motorcycle on Rugby Road, Belfast.
  • 4 June : The INLA shot dead Official IRA volunteer James Flynn on North Strand Road, Dublin. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 1 September : The INLA shot Billy Dickson, then a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) member of Belfast City Council. Dickinson survived the attack.
  • 16 September : An INLA remote-detonated bomb killed a British soldier and two children were killed in the Divis Flats area of Belfast.
  • 26 September : The INLA shot dead a civilian on Harland Walk, Belfast.
  • 27 September : The INLA killed a British soldier with a booby-trap bomb in the Highfield area of Belfast.
  • 7 October : An INLA killed a British Army UDR soldier and a female Prison Officer in Kilmore. The soldier had been shot by a sniper while driving his car. The car then went out of control and killed the Prison Officer.
  • 16 October : A civilian died three weeks after being shot by the INLA in Belfast.
  • 19 October : The INLA exploded a bomb at the headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) on Glengall Street, Belfast. The building was badly damaged by the blast.
  • 16 November : The INLA shot dead two RUC officers at a security barrier in Markethill.
  • 6 December : Droppin Well bombing: The INLA killed 11 British soldiers and 6 civilians when a time bomb exploded at a disco in Ballykelly.
  • 12 December : Undercover RUC officers shot dead unarmed INLA volunteers Seamus Grew and Rodney Carroll at Mullacreevie Park, Armagh.

References for this year: [14] and [15]

1983

  • 2 February : Undercover British soldiers shot dead INLA volunteer Eugene McGonagle in the Shantallow area of Derry.
  • 7 May : The INLA shot dead one of its own members near Killean. They claimed he was an informant for the British.
  • 26 May : The INLA shot dead an RUC officer outside the RUC barracks in Cookstown.
  • 4 June : A British Army UDR soldier was killed by an INLA booby-trap bomb near Eglish.
  • 13 July : The INLA shot dead two civilians in a car near Crossmaglen.
  • 13 August : Undercover British soldiers shot dead two INLA volunteers, James Mallon and Brendan Convery, as they were about to attack RUC officers in Dungannon.
  • 6 September : The INLA shot dead an RUC officer outside his home at Dukes Grove, Armagh.
  • 26 October : The INLA shot dead one of its own members near Redhills, County Cavan. They claimed he was an informant for the British.
  • 5 December : The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) shot dead INLA volunteer Joseph Craven in Newtownabbey.

References for this year: [16] and [17]

1984

  • 20 January : The INLA shot dead a British Army UDR soldier at his home in Dunmurry.[18]
  • 13 April : The INLA shot dead a man in the Twinbrook area of Belfast. They claimed he was a local criminal.
  • 15 June : An RUC officer and an INLA volunteer were killed in a gun battle in the Lenadoon area of Belfast. The RUC had surrounded an INLA unit who had taken up position in a house.

References for this year: [19] and [20]

1985

  • 24 February : The INLA shot dead an ex-member of the British Army on Glenvale Road, Derry.[21]
  • 9 May : The INLA killed an ex-member of their organisation in Paris, France. His body has never been recovered.
  • 27 June : A Garda (Irish police officer) was killed during the robbery of a post office in Ardee, County Louth.
  • 9 September : The INLA shot dead one of their own members in Killean. They claimed he was an informer for the British.

References for this year: [22] and [23]

1986

1987

  • 20 January : The IPLO shot dead INLA volunteers Thomas 'Ta' Power and John O'Reilly in Drogheda, County Louth.
  • 31 January : Mary McGlincehy, an INLA activist and the wife of INLA leader Dominic McGlinchey was shot dead at her home in Dundalk, County Louth. It is no known who was responsible.
  • 5 February : The INLA shot dead an IPLO member in Middletown. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 7 February : A civilian died five weeks after being shot by the INLA at her home in Markethill. The intended target of the attack was her son, who was a British soldier.
  • 18 February : The IPLO shot dead INLA volunteer Michael Kearney in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 7 March : The INLA shot dead a member of the IPLO near Forkhill. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 14 March : The INLA shot dead IRSP member Fergus Conlon near Forkhill. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 15 March : The INLA attacked the car of IPLO member Gerard Steenson in Ballymurhpy, Belfast. Steenson and his passenger were killed. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 21 March : The IPLO shot dead INLA volunteer Emmanuel Gargan in the Hatfield Bar, Belfast. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 22 March : The IPLO shot dead INLA volunteer Kevin Duffy in Armagh. Part of an ongoing feud.
  • 4 October : The INLA shot dead an alleged criminal in Crossmaglen.
  • 26 November : INLA volunteer Martin Bryan was shot dead by the Gardaí at a checkpoint in Urlingford, County Kilkenny.
  • 8 December : A civilian was found shot dead in Castleblayney, County Monaghan. He had been kidnapped several months beforehand by the INLA. It is believed the killing was related to the INLA/IPLO feud.

References for this year: [25] and [26]

1988

  • 10 August : The British Army shot dead INLA volunteer James McPhilemy during a gun battle at a vehicle checkpoint in Clady.
  • 17 August : The INLA shot dead an ex-member of the UVF on Shankill Road, Belfast.

References for this year: [27] and [28]

1990

  • 22 November : Undercover British soldiers shot dead INLA volunteer Alex Patterson while trying to assassinate an off-duty soldier in Strabane.[29]

1991

  • 29 June : The INLA shot dead one of their own members in Ballymurhpy, Belfast. It claimed he was an informer for the British.
  • 21 December : The INLA accidentally shot dead a civilian while targeting an RUC officer in Moy.

References for this year: [30] and [31]

1992

  • 14 April : The INLA shot dead a British soldier outside a recruiting office in Derby, England.[32]

1993

  • 21 January : The INLA shot dead a civilian at his home on Rosewood Street, Belfast.
  • 17 June : The INLA shot dead an ex-member of the RUC inside York Hotel on Botanic Avenue, Belfast.

References for this year: [33] and [34]

1994

  • 10 February : Dominic McGlinchey, the INLA's former Chief of Staff, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Drogheda.
  • 24 February : The INLA shot dead a security guard on Lisburn Road, Belfast.
  • 27 April : The INLA shot dead a civilian in Glengormley.
  • 3 May : The INLA shot dead a civilian on Stranmillis Road, Belfast.
  • 16 June : The INLA shot dead two UVF members and a civilian in a gun attack on Shankill Road, Belfast.

References for this year: [35] and [36]

1996

  • 30 January : The INLA shot dead one of its leaders, Gino Gallagher. Internal dispute.
  • 5 March : INLA volunteer John Fennell was beaten to death by other INLA volunteers in Bundoran, County Donegal. Internal dispute.
  • 15 March : The INLA shot dead a civilian in Ashfield Gardens, Belfast. Her relative was the intended target. Internal dispute.
  • 25 May : INLA volunteer Dessie McCleery was shot dead by other INLA volunteers on Bankmore Street, Belfast. Internal dispute.
  • 9 June : INLA volunteer Francis Shannon was shot dead by other INLA volunteers in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast. Internal dispute.
  • 3 September : INLA volunteer Hugh Torney was shot dead by other INLA volunteers in Lurgan. Internal dispute.

References for this year: [37] and [38]

1997

  • 9 May : The INLA shot dead an RUC officer in the Parliament Bar, Belfast.
  • 4 June : INLA volunteer John Morris was shot dead by the Gardaí during an armed robbery in Inchicore, Dublin.
  • 27 December : The INLA shot dead Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) leader Billy Wright inside the maximum security Maze Prison.[39]

References for this year: [40] and [41]

1998

  • 19 January : The INLA shot dead UDA leader Jim Guiney in Dunmurry.
  • 28 February : INLA volunteers launched a hand grenade attack on RUC officers at Hazelwood Integrated College, Belfast.
  • 27 March : The INLA shot dead an ex-member of the RUC in Armagh.
  • 8 April : The INLA shot dead an ex-member of the UVF in Derry.
  • 17 April : The INLA shot dead an ex-member on Shaws Road, Belfast.
  • 24 June : The INLA exploded a 200lb car bomb in the centre of Newtownhamilton. The group issued a 50 minute warning about the bomb but six people were wounded.
  • 22 August : After a twenty-four year campaign, the INLA declared a ceasefire.

References for this year: [42] and [43]

1999

  • 8 August : The INLA stated that "There is no political or moral argument to justify a resumption of the campaign".
  • 10 October : INLA volunteer Patrick Campbell was killed in a confrontation with a criminal gang in Dublin. The event dubbed the "Ballymount Bloodbath" saw the INLA tie up and torture a criminal gang before associates of the gang entered armed with machetes to free them. During this attack, Patrick Campbell was stabbed and bled to death.

References for this year: [44] and [45]

2000

  • 29 April : The INLA shot dead a man in Inchicore, County Dublin. The INLA claimed he was part of the gang responsible for killing INLA volunteer Patrick Campbell.[46]

2001

  • 12 December : A man died several hours after being shot in the legs by the INLA near Forkhill.[47]

2009

  • 15 February : The INLA shot dead a drug dealer in Derry.[48]
  • 19 August  : The INLA shot and wounded a man in Derry. The INLA claimed that the man was involved in drug dealing although the injured man and his family denied the allegation.[49] However, in a newspaper article on 28 August the victim retracted his previous statement and admitted that he had been involved in small scale drug-dealing but has since ceased these activities.[50]
  • 11 October : Speaking at the graveside of one of its founding members in Bray, the INLA formally announced an end to its armed campaign, stating that the current situation allows it pursue its goals through peaceful political means.[51]

See also

References

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  3. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch76.htm
  4. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1976.html
  5. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch77.htm
  6. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1977.html
  7. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1978.html
  8. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch79.htm
  9. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1979.html
  10. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch80.htm
  11. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1980.html
  12. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch81.htm
  13. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1981.html
  14. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch82.htm
  15. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1982.html
  16. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch83.htm
  17. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1983.html
  18. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1984.html
  19. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch84.htm
  20. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1984.html
  21. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1985.html
  22. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch85.htm
  23. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1985.html
  24. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1986.html
  25. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch87.htm
  26. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1987.html
  27. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch88.htm
  28. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1988.html
  29. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1990.html
  30. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch91.htm
  31. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1991.html
  32. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1992.html
  33. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch93.htm
  34. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1993.html
  35. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch94.htm
  36. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1994.html
  37. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch96.htm
  38. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1996.html
  39. ^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-68721825.html
  40. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch97.htm
  41. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1997.html
  42. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch98.htm
  43. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1998.html
  44. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch99.htm
  45. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1999.html
  46. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/2000.html
  47. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/2001.html
  48. ^ http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2009/feb/15/inla-claims-responsibility-for-murder-of-derry-dru/
  49. ^ INLA say they shot father-of-three Derry Journal – 21 August 2009
  50. ^ INLA victim tells 'Journal' 'I did deal in drugs - but not anymore' Derry Journal – 28 August 2009
  51. ^ 'Armed struggle is over' - INLA BBC News, 11 October 2009
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