Assassinated on 26 June 1980
Outspoken republican socialist Miriam Daly, aged 45,
was murdered on 26 June, 1980, in her home on Andersonstown Road,
Andersonstown, Belfast. Her body, bound and shot, was found by her
nine-year-old daughter after she returned from school.
Mrs. Daly, a lecturer in economic and social history at Queen's
University in Belfast, was one of the original founders of the Irish
Republican Socialist Party with Seamus Costello, and become the
party's second chairperson.
She joined a list of martyrs that came to include Noel Lyttle, a
fellow republican socialist and committed activist in the H-Block
Campaigns, IRSP/H-Block activist Ronnie Bunting, and John Turnley of
the Irish Independence Party, all of whom represented the national
leadership of the H-Block Committee and as such became targets for
the state apparatus, and the loyalist paramilitary death squads
under its control, in its desire to crush the prisoners' struggle.
Indicating her level of involvement and influence within the
movement, a four-man honour guard from the INLA joined the funeral
cortege as it halted outside the Daly house in West Belfast on its
way to the requiem Mass and fired a volley of shots over her casket
in a tribute to the fallen martyr.
Miriam Daly, IRSP Chairperson and INLA volunteer, is buried at
Swords, near Dublin, in the Irish Republic.