Sunday 20 March 1994
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fired a mortar at a British Army (BA) base in Crossmaglen, south Armagh, causing an army helicopter to crash.
Monday 21 March 1994
Loyalists set alight the car belonging to Joe Hendron, then Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) MP, which was parked outside his south Belfast home.
It was reported that there were angry exchanges between Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and John Major, then British Prime Minister, at 10 Downing Street, London. [There were also reports that Paisley together with some of his colleagues temporarily locked themselves into a toilet at No.10.]
Thursday 24 March 1994
John Fee, then a Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) councillor, was severely beaten by Republicans outside his home in Crossmaglen, south Armagh.
John Fee is in the news again, sadly the news is reporting that he has died.
Tributes were paid today following the death of former Assembly member John Fee who has died of a brain tumour.Mr Fee (43) was SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh from 1998 until losing his seat in the 2003 election. He died at his Crossmaglen home last night after a short illness.
Mr Fee was a parliamentary assistant to Seamus Mallon MP for ten years before being elected as a councillor to Newry and Mourne Council in 1988 and then the Northern Ireland Assembly.
SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said Mr Fee would be greatly missed.
“John was a very talented kind, generous and compassionate person, a man who represented this constituency with great dedication and diligence.
“He stood up strongly for peace during the darkest days of the political violence here.
He suffered a severe physical attack for expressing his views against violence but that did not deter him from speaking out against murder and mayhem and continuing to work for a peaceful solution to our problems.” Mr Bradley said.
I still remember when John had been interviewed after that attack back then and thought that guy is either mad or has real conviction. I can’t remember anyone, from the nationalist side, who has stood up publicly to the IRA in South Armagh. He is one of the Northern Irish politicians that’ll be hard to forget.
El Matador sums it up nicely…
John had been sick for a while, but nonetheless the announcement of his passing will come as a blow to the people of south Armagh and his party colleagues.
John stood up for his principles, despite being under serious threat from those who happened to disagree with his position. Indeed, John suffered a serious physical beating in the early 1990s after he dared to criticise an IRA attack. Despite this, he continued to work for the people of his area and fight for a better, more peaceful Ireland.
John may be gone, but his legacy lives on in the form of an Ireland where the peaceful route is recognised as the only road to progress.
Rest In Peace.