1979 – Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life.

In Dublin, Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten. He was released in 1998 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Thomas McMahon, a member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), is sentenced to life imprisonment for preparing and planting the bomb that killed Lord Louis Mountbatten and three others in County Sligo. Mountbatten regularly holidayed in the West of Ireland. The bomb exploded on his boat some minutes after he and family friends had departed the little port of Mullaghmore. Mountbatten’s grandson Nicholas, 14, and fifteen year old local, Paul Maxwell, 15, employed as a boat boy were also killed. Another passenger, the Dowager Lady Brabourne, 82, died the day after the attack. McMahon was released in 1998 under the Good Friday Agreement.

Although hard for many people to swallow, participants on both sides of the Troubles were released under the Good Friday Agreement and proved a watershed in rapprochement between Republican and Loyalist elements.



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