1980 in the Irish Republican Army
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|List of years in the Irish Republican Army|
|... 1970 . 1971 . 1972 . 1973 . 1974 . 1975 . 1976 ...
1977 1978 1979 -1980- 1981 1982 1983
... 1984 . 1985 . 1986 . 1987 . 1988 . 1989 . 1990 ...
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- 14 April - Armed with a knife, an unidentified man claiming to be associated with the IRA attempts to hijack a Continental Airlines flight to Libya. He is later persuaded by the co-pilot to surrender to authorities.
- 4 June - John Turnley, leader of the Irish Independence Party, is killed by Loyalists.
- 26 June - Former member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Miriam Daly, is assassinated.
- 15 October - Ronnie Bunting, a member of the Irish National Liberation Army allegedly involved in the 1979 assassination of a House of Commons member Airey Neave, is killed by unidentified gunmen in his home in the Lower Falls area of Belfast along with Noel Lyttle. Bunting's wife, Suzanne, is wounded in the attack. Although Bunting's death was claimed by the Ulster Defence Association, members of the INLA claimed involvement by the SAS.
- 17 December - An assassination attempt against Christopher Tugendhat, a delegate of the European Community Commission, fails in Brussels, Belgium. Responsibility for the assassination attempt is later claimed by the Provisional IRA.