A soldier stands guard over the shattered remains of McGurk's bar in North Queen Street, Belfast. PA Archive/Press Association Images
McGurk's Bar

69-year-old man arrested over Belfast bomb that killed 15 people in 1971

One man was convicted of all 15 murders in 1978.

A 69-YEAR-OLD MAN has been arrested in connection with a bomb attack on a Belfast pub in 1971.

Fifeteen people were killed when the bomb exploded in McGurk’s Bar in north Belfast.

The attack was carried out by loyalist paramilitary group the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).

Detectives from the Serious Crime Branch arrested the man in Antrim, he’s being questioned at the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station.


Following a report by the Police Ombudsman in 2011, the Chief Constable undertook to review the case to identify any possible opportunities for further investigation.

A review process was carried out which has identified investigative potential.

The officer in charge of the renewed investigation said that the PSNI is looking to investigate possible lines of enquiry as thoroughly and quickly as possible, even with the years that have passed since the attack.

One man was convicted of all 15 murders in 1978.

Police enquiries are continuing.


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