1974 Dec: INLA formed in Dublin
1975 Various attacks launched on INLA and IRSP members by
OIRA. PLA formed to defend IRSP members from attack
1976 Special Category status revoked; Peace People
founded; POW Ciarán Nugent (IRA) and Connolly Brady (INLA) begin
1977 Seamus Costello assassinated by OIRA
1979 National H-Block/Armagh Committee founded. Airey Neave
assassinated by INLA in car bomb attack in British Parliament.
1980 Hunger strike in the H-Blocks and Armagh Prison
1981 Hunger strike resumed after Britain failed to
institute the agreed-upon five demands resulting in the death of three INLA
and seven IRA prisoners of war
1982 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. INLA bomb
Ballykelly disco killing 11 British occupation forces.
1983 Nicky Kelly hunger strike protesting against
wrongful conviction for Sallins train robbery
1984 Dominic McGlinchey (INLA leader) becomes first
person extradited from the 26 counties to the six counties; IRSP declares
1986 Sinn Fein drops abstensionism, Republican Sinn
Fein founded; Congress '86 founded by ex-IRA prisoners
1987 IPLO founded, attacks IRSP & INLA members.
Ta Power and John O'Reilly amongst volunteers killed by counter
1992 IPLO disbands after internal feud and attacks by
IRA for drug dealing
1994 PIRA ceasefire declared.
1995 INLA weapons shipment uncovered on main Dublin
to Belfast road. Three arrested. One, Hugh Torney, declares INLA ceasefire
from dock against army rules.
1996 Gino Gallagher, INLA leader, killed by drug
dealers acting for Hugh Torney. INLA retaliate killing Torney and his gang
1997 INLA inmates kill leading loyalist, Billy
Wright, in Long Kesh prison during daring daylight attack.
1998 INLA declares ceasefire in September
Present: INLA are currently active in defence of
vulnerable nationalist communities in so called interface areas of Belfast
and has taken action against drug dealers.