Paddy Wilson

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Patrick Gerard Wilson (c. 1933 – 25/26 June 1973) was an Irish nationalist politician in Northern Ireland who was murdered by the loyalist Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).[1]

Wilson was born in Fleet Street in Sailortown, Belfast, the youngest of seven children in a Catholic nationalist family. He and his wife Bridget had one son, Paul. He was elected as a Republican Labour Party member of the Senate of Northern Ireland in 1969. The following year, he became a founder member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party,[2] and its first General Secretary. He was also a Belfast City Councillor.

On 26 June 1973, Wilson (aged 39) and his companion, Irene Andrews (aged 29), a Protestant, were found dead. They had been stabbed to death. Wilson's throat was cut. He was interred in Belfast's Milltown Cemetery. Loyalist John White was later convicted for his part in the murders.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Chronology of the Conflict: June 1973, CAIN
  2. ^ Thomas Hennessey, The Evolution of the Troubles, 1970–72. Irish Academic Press (15 November 2007), ISBN 0716528851; ISBN 978-0716528852
Party political offices
New political party General Secretary of the Social Democratic and Labour Party
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