Political violence during the Troubles


These timelines list known examples of paramilitary and politically motivated violence during the Troubles. These chronologies are regularly updated as new information becomes available. We welcome information about errors or incidents not listed here. In these timelines the term “civilian” refers to an individual with no known or established political or paramilitary affiliations. Acronyms are used for the following groups:

Republicans
INLA: Irish National Liberation Army
IRA: Irish Republican Army

Loyalists
UDA: Ulster Defence Association
UFF: Ulster Freedom Fighters
UVF: Ulster Volunteer Force

Government and security
RUC: Royal Ulster Constabulary
SAS: British Special Air Service [commandos]
UDR: Ulster Defence Regiment

Timeline of political violence during the Troubles: 1969-71
Timeline of political violence during the Troubles: 1972-73
Timeline of political violence during the Troubles: 1974-75
Timeline of political violence during the Troubles: 1976-79
Timeline of political violence during the Troubles: 1980-84
Timeline of political violence during the Troubles: 1985-89
Timeline of political violence during the Troubles: 1990-94
Timeline of political violence during the Troubles: 1995 and beyond