Relatives For Justice

A plaque and info board are added alongside the updated Nora McCabe/plastic bullet mural in Islandbawn Street, Belfast: “This mural is dedicated to Norah McCabe and all the victims murdered by rubber & plastic bullets used by the RUC & British Army. Sponsored by the Troops Out Movement & was unveiled on behalf of Relatives For Justice by Mary Pearson 11/09/05.” “Tá an múr-ealain seo tíomnaithe do Norah McCabe agus do no hiobartaigh uilig maraithe agus gortiathe le piléir rubair agus plaisteacha ag an RUC agus ag Arm na Breataine. Tá an múr-ealain seo urraithe ag Troops Out Movement agus nochtadh é thar cheann Relatives For Justice ag Mary Pearson ar 11/09/05.”

(2001 with original plaque | 2003 without original plaque)

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Copyright © 2005 Peter Moloney


Ban Plastic Bullets

The long wall on Divis Street, Belfast, was originally largely covered by a to-scale stencil, called ‘Ban Plastic Bullets‘, detailing the distances at which the victims of plastic bullets were shot. The addition of Spot The Difference and West Belfast Taxis Tours in 2003 meant that only about half of it remained. These two are the right-hand side of the remaining mural.

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Copyright © 2003 Peter Moloney

Sean Downes

“Sean [aka John] Downes, age 22, murdered at this location by the RUC on the 12/8/84. Victim of state violence.” Downes was hit at close range by a plastic bullet outside Connolly House on the Andersonstown Road, Belfast during an attempt by police to arrest NORAID‘s Martin Galvin. Reserve Constable Nigel Hegarty was charged with manslaughter but was cleared.


Copyright © 2002 Peter Moloney

Carol Ann Kelly

12-year-old Carol Ann Kelly was shot by the British Army on May 22nd, 1981, and died three days later. Eight other children are remembered in this mural: Tobias Molloy, Frances Rowntree, Seamus Duffy, Paul Whitters, Stephen McConomy, Brian Stewart, Stephan Geddis, and Julie Livingstone. Molloy and Rowntree were killed by rubber bullets, the rest by plastic bullets. The mural, by Andrea Redmond, is in Twinbrook Road, Belfast, near where Kelly was shot.


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Nora McCabe – The Truth

A candle for each of the seventeen people killed by plastic bullets, including, in the middle, Nora McCabe. From the info plaque: “Nora McCabe was shot dead by the RUC on the 8th July 1981 at 7:45 a.m. as she left her home in Linden Street off the Falls Road in Belfast for the corner shop to buy cigarettes. It was also the morning that Joe McDonnell died on hunger strike …” For the poster her bullet sits on, see Plastic Death.

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Ban Plastic Bullets

Repainted version of Ban Plastic Bullets. At 25 metres long, the mural presents to scale the distances at which the fourteen victims (seven adults, seven children) of plastic bullets were shot. CAIN has a list of the fourteen.

“We recommend the abolition of the use of plastic bullets – United Nations Committee Against Torture, 28 November, 1998”; “A new more lethal plastic bullet will be issued to the RUC on June 1st – It will be [??] deadly at a range of 30 metres – All plastic bullet fatalities have occurred at a range of less than 30 metres.”

Divis Street, Belfast

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Copyright © 2001 Peter Moloney