Murder of David Black

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Murder of David Black
Part of Dissident Irish Republican campaign
LocationM1 motorway, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Date1 November 2012
7:30 am
TargetDavid Black
Attack type
PerpetratorsNew IRA

Prison Officer David Black was killed on 1 November 2012 by the New IRA.[1] He was the first prison officer to be killed by Republicans since the Good Friday Agreement.[citation needed]


Black was driving to work in Maghaberry Prison when he was shot by the New IRA at 7:30 am. He was on the motorway between Portadown and Lurgan, when a car with Dublin registration plates drove up beside him and fired shots at him, and he veered into a ditch.[2]


  • Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron: "First and foremost this is a dreadful tragedy for the family and friends of David Black who has been so brutally murdered as he went about his work keeping the people of Northern Ireland safe. My heart goes out to them."
  • PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggot: "It is a completely senseless attack which demonstrates the ruthlessness and recklessness of those opposed to peace and who live for violence."
  • Taniste Eamon Gilmore: "I know that I speak for every decent man, woman and child on this island, north and south, in expressing revulsion at this act. There will be no return to the dark and violent days of the past. The tragic loss of life that we have seen this morning serves only to bring us together in a shared grief and a shared determination to work together in building a better future for all.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Case of man accused of IRA membership adjourned".
  2. ^ Vincent Kearney. "Family of shot prison officer David Black 'devastated' - BBC News". Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  3. ^ "Reaction to prison officer's murder". Nov 1, 2012 – via