Posted on May 24, 2018
The majority of the deaths were murders carried out by republican and loyalist paramilitaries, who mostly targeted victims within their own communities. The figures were compiled by researcher Paul Nolan as part of a project marking the 20th anniversary of the 1998 deal. He told the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster programme the death toll “shocked” him. “I’m one of those people who wouldn’t have believed so many people could have been killed in that period,” he said. “It was really only when I sat down to track this, as part of a larger study I was doing, and I created a spreadsheet to try and see how many people had been killed and then to try and track them through the criminal justice system.” He found that, up until April of this year, republican paramilitaries were responsible for 74 deaths while loyalist paramilitaries were responsible for 71. Mr Nolan’s research was supported by Queen’s University, Belfast, and was published on Monday by The Detail website and the Irish Times.