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Loyalist Paramilitaries and their 'Legitimate Targets'


British Citizen

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Another Nationalist myth (regularly dusted off and posted on this forum) is that the Loyalist paramilitaries were sectarian monsters who didn't care who they killed as long as they were a catholic. I thought it might be useful to list all of those killed throughout The Troubles by the UVF/UFF/UDA/RHC/etc who would be classed as 'legitimate targets' by those organisations.

Before the usual Nationalists arrive to call me a sectarian, bigoted troll (it's getting a bit boring to be honest) can I just say that I regard no-one as a 'legitimate target'.

I believe all violence is wrong - especially to further a political agenda - and I have repeatedly stated that I opposed Loyalist violence throughout The Troubles as it allowed the IRA to present themselves as the defenders of the catholic community (despite killing over 600 of them themselves).

However, it is wrong to label Loyalists as random, sectarian killers when many of their 'operations' involved meticulous planning and military precision. That is what the list below aims to show.

When deciding on who should be classed as a 'legitimate target' I thought I would judge each killing by what the IRA and Sinn Fein would claim to have been legitimate PIRA targets. The Provisional IRA would have classed the following as 'legitimate targets':

British security forces (on-duty, off-duty or retired)
Loyalist paramilitaries (present or former)
Unionist politicians and party members (UUP, DUP, UDP, PUP and independents)
Anyone providing support/materials to British security forces or Loyalist paramilitaries
Loyalists implicated in 'Supergrass' cases
Members of the Orange Order
Witnesses in court cases of Republicans


Based on that I felt we could class any of the following as 'legitimate targets' of the Loyalist paramilitaries:

PIRA members or former prisoners
OIRA members or former prisoners
INLA members or former prisoners
IPLO members of former prisoners
Former internees
Sinn Fein members or election workers
IRSP members or election workers
Workers Party members or election workers
SDLP members or politicians
Members of the paramilitary Catholic Ex-Servicemen's Association
Members or players of the GAA (provided support and assistance to the IRA and INLA)
Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians
Members of the West Belfast Taxi Association (provided support, income and assistance to the IRA and were involved in the murders of Corporals Woods and Howes)
Anyone providing support or finance to the Republican Movement
Witnesses in court cases of Loyalists


The following 110 people killed by Loyalist paramilitaries are 'legitimate targets':

15th August 1969 - Gerald McAuley - IRA member shot by Loyalists near the Shankill/Falls peaceline.
9th August 1970 - Patrick McAdorey - IRA member shot by Loyalists during a gun battle near Ardoyne.
26th July 1972 - Frank Corr - Senior Antrim GAA official assassinated by the UFF.
28th July 1972 - Philip Maguire - Member of the Andersonstown branch of the paramilitary Catholic Ex-Servicemen's Association killed by the UFF.
30th September 1972 - Patrick McKee - Ballymurphy internee killed by UVF bomb.
31st October 1972 - James Kerr - The Twinbrook man - named in the Republican Belfast Graves publication as a 'comrade of IRA man John Rooney' was killed by the Red Hand Commando group.
13th November 1972 - Joseph McCrystal - Killed by the UFF he came from an IRA family and was described in a death notice in the Irish News as a Provisional IRA member.
16th December 1972 - Louis Leonard - IRA member assassinated by Loyalist paramilitaries in his shop in Fermanagh.
2nd February 1973 - Patrick Brady - Member of the paramilitary Catholic Ex-Servicemen's Association killed by the UFF.
3rd February 1973 - James Sloan - Member of the IRA's Belfast Brigade he was assassinated by the UFF on the New Lodge Road.
4th February 1973 - James McCann - Another IRA member killed by the UFF in north Belfast.
20th March 1973 - Bernard McErlean - Described as a Republican 'vigilante' he was killed by the UFF on the Grosvenor Road.
25th June 1973 - Paddy Wilson - SDLP politician killed by the UFF.
6th July 1973 - Patrick Bracken - Official IRA member shot dead by the UVF.
8th November 1973 - Francis McCaughey - Senior GAA official killed by the UVF.
9th January 1974 - John Crawford - Member of the paramilitary Catholic Ex-Servicemen's Association killed by the UVF.
21st April 1974 - James Murphy - Sinn Fein member assassinated by the UVF in Fermanagh.
7th May 1974 - Frederick Leonard - Short Strand IRA member killed by the UFF.
7th May 1974 - James Devlin - Former GAA county player and SDLP member killed by the UVF.
7th May 1974 - Gertrude Devlin - SDLP member killed by the UVF.
24th July 1974 - Patrick Kelly - Nationalist politician killed by the UFF.
19th September 1974 - Patrick McGreevy - Official IRA member killed by the UVF.
23rd November 1974 - Mary Sheppard - Testified in a case where Loyalists were convicted of paramilitary violence.
10th January 1975 - John Green - Senior IRA member liquidised by the UVF.
8th February 1975 - James Sullivan - Former Republican internee killed by the UVF.
19th February 1975 - James Breen - Member of the Republican Movement killed by Loyalist paramilitaries.
18th May 1975 - Francis Rice - IRA member killed by the UVF in Rathfriland.
1st September 1975 - Prominent SDLP member shot by the UVF in Tyrone.
15th December 1975 - Ronald Trainor - IRSP member killed by the UVF.
4th January 1976 - John Reavey - SDLP member shot by the UVF.
4th January 1976 - Brian Reavey - SDLP member killed by the UVF.
4th January 1976 - Barry O'Dowd - SDLP member killed by the UVF.
4th January 1976 - Joe O'Dowd - SDLP member killed by the UVF.
4th January 1976 - Declan O'Dowd - SDLP member shot by the UVF.
25th January 1976 - John Tennyson - Member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians killed by a UFF bomb.
25th January 1976 - Joseph Mayes - Member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians killed by a UFF bomb.
30th January 1976 - Anthony Reavey - SDLP member killed by the UVF.
15th May 1976 - Sean O'Hagan - GAA member killed by the UVF.
5th June 1976 - Colm Mulgrew - Sinn Fein member killed by the UFF
25th June 1976 - Daniel Mackin - Well-known Official IRA supporter killed by the UVF.
13th July 1976 - Gerard Gilmore - Official IRA member killed by the UFF.
29th July 1976 - Daniel McGrogan - Well-known GAA player killed by the UVF.
16th August 1976 - Gerald McGleenan - Armagh GAA hurler killed by the UVF.
6th October 1976 - Francis Nolan - Provisional IRA member killed by the UFF.
8th Ocotber 1976 - Maire Drumm - Former Vice-President of Sinn Fein and Republican prisoner neutralised by a joint UFF/UVF operation in the Mater Hospital.
21st January 1977 - Michael McHugh - Sinn Fein member killed by the UFF.
19th April 1977 - William Strathearn - Former Derry GAA player killed by the UVF.
8th March 1978 - Thomas Trainor - Senior INLA terrorist killed by the UVF.
25th October 1978 - William Smyth - Manager of Catholic Ex-Servicemen's club shot by UFF.
25th April 1979 - William Carson - IRA member assassinated by the UVF.
9th June 1979 - Joseph McKee - Official IRA member killed by the UFF.
3rd September 1979 - Henry Corbett - Low ranking member of the Republican movement killed by the UFF.
2nd April 1980 - Carl McParland - Had been charged with IRA membership and possessing weapons when he was killed by the UVF.
4th June 1980 - John Turnly - Republican politician and IRA prisoner supporter killed by the UFF.
26th June 1980 - Miriam Daly - Senior INLA terrorist shot dead in her own home in broad daylight by the UFF. The killers escaped without being detected.
24th August 1980 - Rodney McCormick - INLA member (and former prisoner) killed by the UFF.
15th October 1980 - Ronnie Bunting - INLA member and experienced gunman neutralised by the UFF.
15th October 1980 - Noel Lyttle - IRSP member killed alongside Ronnie Bunting by the UFF.
23rd February 1981 - James Burns - The most senior IRA member to be killed by Loyalists. The Northern Command quartermaster was killed as he lay sleeping in bed by a UVF hitman armed with a pistol and silencer. His killer shot Burns dead and escaped without even waking his girlfriend who lay sleeping beside him.
8th October 1981 - Lawrence Kennedy - Former internee, H Blocks campaigner and independent Nationalist councillor killed in Ardoyne by the UFF.
17th November 1981 - Peadar Fagan - Well-known GAA player killed by the UVF.
25th October 1982 - Peter Corrigan - Sinn Fein election worker killed by the UVF.
29th October 1983 - David Nocher - Official IRA and Workers Party member assassinated by the UVF in north Belfast.
5th December 1983 - Joe Craven - Senior INLA member killed by the UVF in Newtownabbey.
16th November 1984 - Patrick Brady - Sinn Fein member shot by the UFF on Boucher Road, Belfast.
26th August 1986 - Paddy McAllister - Member of the West Belfast Taxi Association (controlled by the IRA) killed by the UFF.
3rd April 1987 - Laurence Marley - Senior IRA member neutralised in Ardoyne by the UVF.
3rd July 1987 - Edward Campbell - Ex-internee shot by the UFF.
9th October 1987 - Francisco Notorantonio - Former IRA member and ex-internee killed by the UFF.
25th January 1988 - Jack Kielty - Senior GAA member in County Down killed by the UFF.
16th March 1988 - Caoimhin MacBradaigh - IRA member killed by UFF hitman Michael Stone.
25th July 1988 - Brendan Davidson - Senior IRA member liquidised by the UVF in The Markets area of Belfast.
23rd Septemer 1988 - Gerard Slane - Former IRA prisoner killed by the UFF.
12th February 1989 - Pat Finucane - IRA Solicitor killed by the UFF.
14th February 1989 - John Joe Davey - Sinn Fein councillor killed by the UVF in Magherafelt.
4th April 1989 - Gerard Casey - Senior IRA member killed by the UFF in Rasharkin.
30th November 1989 - Liam Ryan - IRA member assassinated in Ardboe by the UVF.
7th March 1990 - Sam Marshall - Former Sinn Fein member and Republican prisoner killed by the UVF in Lurgan.
4th April 1990 - Roger Bradley - Former IRA prisoner killed by the UVF in Newtownabbey.
7th September 1990 - Emmanuel Shiels - Former prisoner (firearms offences) killed by the UFF.
26th October 1990 - Tommy Casey - Sinn Fein member shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries.
8th November 1990 - Malachy McIvor - Senior GAA official killed by Loyalist paramilitaries.
3rd March 1991 - John Quinn - IRA member liquidised by the UVF in Cappagh, Tyrone.
3rd March 1991 - Dwayne O'Donnell - IRA member liquidised by the UVF in Cappagh.
3rd March 1991 - Malcolm Nugent - IRA member liquidised by the UVF in Cappagh.
25th May 1991 - Eddie Fullerton - Sinn Fein councillor assassinated in Donegal by the UFF.
19th July 1991 - Thomas Hughes - Member of the West Belfast Taxi Association shot by the UVF.
10th August 1991 - Jim Carson - Newsagent who stocked the Republican News killed by the RHC.
12th August 1991 - Patrick Shanaghan - Sinn Fein member neutralised by the UFF.
16th August 1991 - Thomas Donaghy - Sinn Fein worker and IRA ex-prisoner assassinated by the UFF.
16th August 1991 - Martin O'Prey - IPLO terrorist executed by the UVF in west Belfast.
16th September 1991 - Bernard O'Hagan - Sinn Fein councillor killed by the UFF in Magherafelt.
25th October 1991 - Sean Anderson - Former IRA prisoner killed by the UVF.
2nd February 1992 - Paddy Clarke - Member of the West Belfast Taxi Association killed by the UFF.
2nd April 1992 - Danny Cassidy - Sinn Fein election worker killed by the UFF.
29th April 1992 - Conor Maguire - IPLO member executed by the UVF.
24th September 1992 - Leonard Fox - Former IRA prisoner killed by the UVF.
16th October 1992 - Sheena Campbell - Prominent Sinn Fein member neutralised by the UVF near Queens University.
13th December 1992 - Malachy Carey - IRA prisoner and Sinn Fein election candidate executed by the UFF.
3rd January 1993 - Patrick Shields - Lifelong GAA official and assistant to the Tyrone team killed by the UVF.
24th March 1993 - Peter Gallagher - Sinn Fein member killed by the UFF on the Grosvenor Road.
25th March 1993 - James Kelly - Senior IRA member neutralised by the UFF in Castlerock.
1st May 1993 - Alan Lundy - IRA member and former prisoner killed by the UFF at the home of Alex Maskey.
25th October 1993 - Sean Fox - President of St Enda's GAA club killed by the UVF.
26th April 1994 - Joseph McCloskey - Former Republican internee killed by the UFF.
28th April 1994 - James Brown - Former Republican internee and prison escapee killed by the UVF.
17th May 1994 - Eamon Fox - Senior GAA official killed by the UVF.
17th May 1994 - Gary Convie - Member of Sean McDermott GAA club killed by the UVF.
18th May 1994 - Gavin McShane - Armagh GAA hurler killed by the UVF.
21st May 1994 - Martin Doherty - IRA member liquidised by the UVF in Dublin.
 

The_SR

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What the ******************** is 'liquidised' anyway?
 

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18th May 1994 - Gavin McShane - Armagh GAA hurler killed by the UVF
Pretty sick leaving that up mods.

19th April 1977 - William Strathearn - Former Derry GAA player killed by the UVF.
I know this mans family well.

Only a sick mind would let this thread live.

Catch a fecking grip mods.
 

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[MOD\Keep on topic and mind the language folks. Once is all I am saying it tonight.\MOD]
 

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19th April 1977 - William Strathearn - Former Derry GAA player killed by the UVF.
Murdered by scum

Get away driver an RUC man.

William McCaughy RUC scum

People google 'The Good samaritan murder' for some background reading.

Remove this shyte please.
 

British Citizen

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Pretty sick leaving that up mods.



I know this mans family well.

Only a sick mind would let this thread live.

Catch a fecking grip mods.
I'm merely judging these killings based on the 'rules of war' established by the IRA and Sinn Fein.

If the PIRA claim people selling fruit and vegetables or building materials to army bases or working as cleaners in RUC stations are 'legitimate targets' because they are helping the British security forces then anyone associated with the GAA (who have provided support to the IRA and INLA for decades) also have to be classed in the same way.

I didn't make the rules.
 

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Do your job then or you’re a sick as him. 99% of these people were totally innocent. This thread is a new low.
That's an obvious lie.

I have given the names and dates of these murders so you can check them all yourself.
 

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Do your job then or you’re a sick as him. 99% of these people were totally innocent. This thread is a new low.
He is not claiming they are not "innocent". He is making a comparison with IRA murdered and stating, not unreasonably, that judging by the IRA's standards, they would be legitimate targets.

It generally helps if you read, and attempt to understand, a thread, before going ballistic.
 

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It's pretty hard to see what the purpose of this thread is other than to gloat over deaths caused by loyalist paramilitaries.
No-one's gloating.

I see comments on here every day saying Loyalist paramilitaries were knuckle-dragging neanderthals who only killed catholic taxi drivers. I know that is not the case so why shouldn't I provide the evidence?

I have stated clearly in the OP I do not support any of these killings.

ALL VIOLENCE IS/WAS WRONG

How many of the Nationalists gurning on this thread will say the same thing?
 

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He is not claiming they are not "innocent". He is making a comparison with IRA murdered and stating, not unreasonably, that judging by the IRA's standards, they would be legitimate targets.

It generally helps if you read, and attempt to understand, a thread, before going ballistic.
The IRA didn't kill these people.

Why use others morals ??

Sick.

My last comment here.
 

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You seem to have missed off the likes of Victor Arbuckle and Jim Peacock from your list. And Paddy Wilson's girlfriend.

As for the point this thread is supposedly making. As was said at the trial of one J. Adair in 1993 by the Judge - he (and his cohorts) regarded members of what he saw as the pan-nationalist front as legitimate target, among whom he grouped almost the entire catholic population.
 

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The IRA didn't kill these people.

Why use others morals ??

Sick.

My last comment here.
The IRA and Sinn Fein set the rules as to who or what where 'legitimate targets'.

Loyalist violence was always 'reactionary' so why shouldn't they use the PIRA's rulebook?
 

British Citizen

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You seem to have missed off the likes of Victor Arbuckle and Jim Peacock from your list. And Paddy Wilson's girlfriend.
They weren't 'legitimate targets' set out by the IRA's 'rules of war'.
 

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No-one's gloating.

I see comments on here every day saying Loyalist paramilitaries were knuckle-dragging neanderthals who only killed catholic taxi drivers. I know that is not the case so why shouldn't I provide the evidence?
but your thread proves they were knuckle dragging scum, over 800 people killed just because they were catholic or came from a catholic area?

how do you support marches and the like that celebrate these wasters?
 

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but your thread proves they were knuckle dragging scum, over 800 people killed just because they were catholic or came from a catholic area?
I totally accept there were many random, sectarian attacks by Loyalists (as there were by Nationalist terrorists) but they weren't all like that - as the OP shows.
 

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The IRA and Sinn Fein set the rules as to who or what where 'legitimate targets'.

Loyalist violence was always 'reactionary' so why shouldn't they use the PIRA's rulebook?
Do you know when Peter Ward was murdered, and by whom? Or Mrs Gould? Or John Scullion? Who set off the bombs at the substation and the resevoir and when?
 
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