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A.26   Social Media & Networking Policy 

This policy has been screened for equality and human rights implications. No equality issues have been identified and it has been identified that a full EQIA is not required. 

 

Introduction 

Social media is a form of digital marketing and communication that is direct, personal, instant and responsive. It provides us with many cost effective opportunities to improve the way we communicate, reach out and interact with different communities we serve. 

Social media refers to internet and mobile-based tools used for the generation, dissemination and discussion of information in textual, pictorial, audio, video formats. 

Under this policy, social media includes all forms of current and future tools used for digital social interactions between people. 

Over half of the population in Northern Ireland engage in social media. Approximately 600,000 people in Northern Ireland have Facebook profiles, a considerable growth since the site was created in 2006. 

Social media may include (but is not limited to): 

  • Social networking sites (Facebook, My Space, Linkedin); 
  • Video and photo sharing websites (Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo); 
  • Personal and corporate blogs; 
  • Micro-blogging (Twitter); 
  • Wikis and online collaborations; 
  • Forums, discussions boards, groups. 

    At present, many employees and volunteers use social networking sites during personal / leisure times and often through personal mobile phones. 

    Guidance is required to ensure employees and volunteers do not act in a way that may negatively affect the reputation of the MUVE, and to ensure employees and volunteers and volunteers do not compromise their code of conduct and / or conditions of contract of employment by discussing work-related issues. 

    Purpose 

    The purpose of this social media policy is to guide and protect MUVE and its employees and volunteers and volunteers when they are engaging in social media in a personal or professional context. 

    This policy sets out the principles which employees and volunteers and volunteers of MUVE are expected to follow when using social media in their personal lives. The intention of this policy is not to stop MUVE employees and volunteers and volunteers from conducting legitimate activities on the internet, but rather serves to provide guidance to employees and volunteers and volunteers to engage on social media platforms. 

    Individuals can often feel less inhibited when posting comments online and as a result say things they would not express in other circumstances. Posting comments under a username does not guarantee anonymity as any comments made online can be traced back to the author. 


    Objectives of the policy 

    This policy has the following objectives for MUVE employees and volunteers 

    To ensure safe, professional use of social media tools. 
  • To make employees and volunteers aware of the issues relating to the use of social media for both private and work related purposes, and aware of their responsibility as an employee and volunteer of MUVE. 

  • To ensure employees and volunteers are aware of all relevant legislation and standards relating to online information, including codes of practice from related funding bodies. 

  • To enable the MUVE Board to actively manage and monitor MUVE’s social media channels. 

     
    Compliance with related legislation, policies and guidance 

    This policy supports MUVE’s Data Protection and Confidentiality Policy (2014), Internet Policy (2014), Email Policy (2014).  

    This document should also be read in association with relevant policies and legislation. This includes, but may not be limited to, the following policy documents: 

    Defamation Act (1996): Defamation law can apply to any comments posted on the web, irrespective of whether they are made in a personal or professional capacity. Defamation is the act of making an unjustified statement about a person or organisation that is considered to harm their reputation. If an individual makes a statement that is alleged to be defamatory, it could result in legal action against the individual and the organisation they are representing. 

    Protection from Harassment Order (1997): In order to show harassment a victim will have to demonstrate the alleged individual is causing harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. 

    This policy also supports MUVE’s Employment Contract which states: 

    10. Through the course of your employment you may become aware of information concerning members or staff. All such information must be treated as confidential and you are required to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. It should be noted that any unauthorised disclosure of information covered by the Act is a criminal offence for which you will be held personally liable in law. 

    Any breach of this confidence in any format, including for example via Social 

    Networking sites (which include but are not restricted to Facebook, Twitter etc) 

    will result in action being taken under the Disciplinary Procedure. 


    Policy scope 
  • This policy applies to the use of all social media (outlined in 1.0) for both work and personal purposes. 
  • This policy applies to all employees and volunteers of MUVE. 
  • This policy applies regardless of whether the social media sites are accessed using MUVE ICT facilities and equipment or equipment belonging to members of employees and volunteers. 


    Policy statement 

    Personal use 

    As MUVE employees and volunteers it is important to be aware that if you post information or views about MUVE, or connected to your employment or volunteering with MUVE, during personal time they cannot be isolated from your working life. You should assume that all comments you make are in the public domain and could potentially remain so forever. Also, if you have posted anonymously, at some point your identity and nature of employment and volunteering could be revealed. Comments about MUVE, members or colleagues can bring MUVE into disrepute and may result in MUVE or respective employees and volunteers being liable to legal action. It is imperative that confidentiality must be maintained at all times. 

    The following policy statement is designed to protect MUVE, the employee and 

    volunteer from risk of allegation, disrepute or liability: 

    Employees and volunteers should: 
  • Never include any work or volunteer related information on any social media sites. Work and volunteer related conversations that would be inappropriate on a bus for example, are just as inappropriate on a social networking site. 

     
  • Never share confidential information online, for example, identifiable personal information about members or other employees and volunteers, or confidential MUVE business 

     
  • Never post inappropriate comments about employees and volunteers, patient or members. 

     
  • Never post or take photographs on MUVE premises, pictures of staff, volunteers or service users, with the exception of the Communication Sub-group where agreement to take photographs and the use of the images will be explicitly discussed with volunteers and service users and written consent gained. If your phone has a camera it should not be used in the workplace. Employees and volunteers are discouraged from posting photos of work colleagues on work related social events. Some colleagues will object to their photographs being on websites and this can cause offence. 

     
  • Never post audio and sound clips recorded in the workplace for non-work related means. 

     
  • Never use social media sites to bully or intimidate other employees and volunteers (including posting inappropriate or offensive comments and pictures). 

     
  • Never use social media sites in any way which is unlawful. 

     
  • Not accept a ‘friend request’ from a person (or their family member) that you only know through work / contact.eg, Befriendee. 

     
  • Remove yourself if you have previously accepted a friend request from a service user or their family members, who you only know through work or volunteering. 

     

    [For more advice about staying safe on social networking sites visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website] 

     
  • Never impart any information that could be considered sensitive, such as third party supplied details. 

 

  • Employees and volunteers must not attempt to access social networking sites from any MUVE PC / laptop or mobile phone. 

 

  • Not access social media sites during work hours via personal smart phones or iphones (with the exception of allocated break times). 

 

This list is kept under review by the board members and additions will only be added once jointly approved by the Board. MUVE recommends that employees and volunteers using social media sites for personal recreation do not mention their work or volunteering or any related activities. 

 

Work Related Use 

 

If an employee or sessional worker identifies themselves as a MUVE employee on a social media website they will ensure their profile and related content is consistent with how they would present themselves with a member or whilst in a work setting. If you are writing in a professional capacity, you should usually identify yourself. Any material written by authors who represent themselves or a professional practitioner are likely to be taken on trust and/or to represent the views of the profession more widely. You should also be aware that content uploaded anonymously can, in many cases, be traced back to its point of origin. 

 

If you are concerned about a colleagues’ behaviour online, you should take steps to raise your concern with their line manager. Also, if staff are aware of online content that could harm the reputation of MUVE or any member of employees and volunteers or service user, it must to be reported immediately to their line manager, who will report this to MUVE’s Communications Sub-group and Board for action or disciplinary advice. 

 

If employees and volunteers publish information on the internet relating to work or services associated with MUVE, use a disclaimer such as “The views expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of MUVE.” 

 

Employees and volunteers should maintain boundaries between their personal and work lives by customising their privacy settings for social media websites and avoiding personal information becoming visible. 

 

Corporate Use 

 

MUVE’s Communications Sub-group creates and operates corporate social media channels to engage with key stakeholders. 

 

MUVE corporate social media accounts will be regularly monitored. The Communications Sub-group will regularly review MUVE’s channels and monitor other social media for references to MUVE business during normal working hours and will share this information internally with relevant employees and volunteers. Where inappropriate comments on MUVE social media channels are brought to the attention of the Communications Sub-group, immediate action will be taken in accordance with moderation clauses listed below. 

 

The Communication Sub-group will only use images of members or service users in social media where informed consent has been given in writing by completing and signing an official photography consent form. 

 

All feedback to MUVE received through social media channels will be sent to the Board and should be considered by employees and volunteers prior to developing an appropriate response with support from the Communication Subgroup. 

 

Responses to public posts may be conversational, objective, and polite in tone with information sharing the main goal and will require Director approval. 

 

Moderation / Unacceptable content:  

 

Certain types of content will be removed from our social media channel on the following grounds. MUVE reserves the right to remove comments, without notification, including those which: 

  • bully, harass or intimidate any individual or organisation 
  • are unlawful, libellous, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or racially offensive 
  • infringe or violate someone else’s rights 
  • violate the law 
  • discuss ongoing legal proceedings 
  • are spam 
  • advertise products or services 
  • are irrelevant or off-topic 
  • are disruptive 
  • are repetitive. 

 

We will also remove or ban any user who: 

 

  • continues to post comments such as those listed above 
  • encourages others to post such comments 
  • uses offensive images as their profile picture 
  • has an offensive user name. 

 

MUVE will only have control over comments on our own corporate channels, however, the Communication Sub-group will alert employees and volunteers and services to comments on other sites. 

 

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ARTHUR S. HENDERSON

Reserve Constable Service Number: R747

19th April 1943 - 8th October 1974


Arthur was born in Stewartstown on 19th April 1943. He had been in the ‘B’ Specials, Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and joined the part-time Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve.

His interests were Stewartstown Flute Band, member of the Orange Lodge, part time farming and was employed as a meter reader for Northern Ireland Electricity. Arthur was a member of the Boys’ Brigade, which he enjoyed. He was also a Sunday School teacher and a regular church goer.

Arthur married Sadie Patrick in Molesworth Presbyterian Church on 1st June 1972. They had no family. He was brutally murdered on 8th October 1974 by a car bomb on West Street, Stewartstown.

The piece on the quilt respects Arthur’s service to his country, which was created by his loving wife Sadie.

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STANLEY ADAMS

Lance Corporal Service No. 24244436

14th April 1947 - 28th October 1976


Stanley was the only son of James and Elizabeth Adams of Limehill, Pomeroy. He had three sisters, Muriel, Eileen and Lorna. He attended Pomeroy primary School and Dungannon Secondary School.

In civilian life, he farmed on a part-time basis and was employed in a full-time capacity as a postman in the Pomeroy area. He was a quiet, hardworking and honest young man, who had plans to build a new bungalow before getting married. He greatly enjoyed the company of his nieces and nephews.

He played an active part in the community of Pomeroy Presbyterian Church, as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the badminton club. He was a member of Pomeroy Flute Band, the Secretary of Pomeroy LOL 293 and a member of Pomeroy Black Preceptory 259.

His strong sense of loyalty and devotion to duty extended beyond his church and community, to the service of his country. He had served with the Ulster Special Constabulary (USC) between October 1964 and March 1970 and then joined the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) on 14th January 1971. He served as a part-time solider in ‘K’ Company at Killymeal in Dungannon, with the rank of Lance Corporal from 1st January 1972.

On the morning of 28th October 1976, whilst doing his postal round he had to deliver a letter to a remote farmhouse at Altmore, near Pomeroy. The letter was bogus, part of the IRA plan to lure him to the location, where terrorist gunmen were laying in wait. He was ambushed and shot dead. He was 29 years old.

Lance Corporal Adams is buried at Pomeroy Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on a plaque in the church and on a memorial stone in the graveyard.

This square was designed by his sister Eileen.

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Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR)

POMEROY & DISTRICT


Sergeant Major Harold Sinnamon -  Service No 24205208

Harold was killed by a remote controlled bomb hidden in a derelict house whilst on foot patrol in Dungannon on the 11th April 1974 aged 34. He is at rest in All Saints Churchyard, Crossdernett, Pomeroy.

Lance Corporal Stanley Adams - Service No 24244436

Stanley was shot dead while delivering mail at Alktomore on the 28th October 1976 aged 29. He was off duty. He is at rest in Pomeroy Presbyterian Churchyard.

(A separate square for the quilt has been created by his sister Eileen)

Private Jim Johnston - Service Number 24308969

He was off duty when he was shot and killed at his work at Drumglass Hospital, Dungannon on the 8th May 1984 aged 28. He is at rest in Pomeroy Cemetery.

Private Trevor Harkness - Service Number 24208416

Trevor was killed by a remote controlled bomb hidden in a telegraph pole while on foot patrol in the Pomeroy area on the 28th February 1985 aged 36. He is at rest in Claggan Presbyterian Churchyard.

Private William Graham Service Number 24199351

William was shot dead while off duty at his farm on the 25th April 1987, aged 44. He is at rest in Pomeroy Presbyterian churchyard.

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CIVILIANS

POMEROY & DISTRICT


Eric Boyd

Eric was a former member of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR). He was shot dead on his way home from work on the Altmore Road, Cappagh on 5th August 1991. He was aged 42. He is at rest in Pomeroy Cemetery.

Matt Boyd

Matt was shot dead while driving his car along Donaghmore Road, Dungannon on 11th January 1993. He was aged 60. He is at rest in Pomeroy Cemetery.

David Martin

David was a former member of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR). He was killed by a booby trap bomb attached to his car which exploded while travelling along Flo Road, Kildress on 25th April 1993. He was aged 33. (A separate square for the quilt was created by his wife Hilda) This Pomeroy & District square for the memory quilt was completed by Beth Irwin.

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DAVID McQUILLAN

Private Service Number: 24280973

18th July 1940 - 15th March 1977


David was born and bred in the townland of Bellaghy. David was married to Annie and they had three children David, Ann and William. They lived in Bellaghy in County Londonderry.

David joined the 5th Co. Londonderry Battalion of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), part time, in 1972. David worked as a labourer and on the 15th March 1977 while waiting for a lift to his work with a building contractor, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) shot him. David’s son and daughter were a short distance away waiting for the school bus. His son David ran to his father’s side but he knew that sadly his father was dead.

David was 36 years of age and he was a member of Ballymacombs Accordian Band. He was also a member of the Orange Order which is reflected in this memory square along with the tools of the building trade.

This square was created by his daughter Ann on behalf of their family in memory of their Dad.

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DAVID GRAHAM

Corporal Service Number: 23465537

10th July 1938 - 25th March 1977


David Graham was born on the 10th July 1938. He was the first-born son of Richard and Margaret Graham, and brother to Ethel, John and Jim. David married Eileen McMinn on the 16th March 1964. They had three children, Derek, Alan and Serena.

David loved life, especially his family, but he also had a keen interest in greyhounds, he owned and raced a few over the years. He was a dedicated member of Tamnamore LOL 513, the Bush Black RBP 4 and Dungannon Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffalos (ROAB). and a member of the Territorial Army (TA), 5th Enniskillen.

In 1972 David became a part time member of the 8th Ulster Defence Regiment, (UDR). He served for 5 years until 15th March 1977 when at his civilian place of work, Masstock factory, Coalisland, masked gunmen cowardly shot David from behind. He lived for 10 days, but sadly after this inhumane attack David died from his injuries on the 25th March 1977. The provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) took responsibility of his murder.

The patch represents David’s family, and Grandchildren. and his passion for gardening and greyhounds. The fork indicates the names of his wife Eileen his children, Derek, Alan and Serena.

The shed displays the meaning Grandfather, David, Lyle, Christopher, Alan, Adam, Joshua, Danielle and Rebecca the Grandchildren he never got to meet. The patch was put together by his daughter Serena.

David lies resting in Killyman Parish Church graveyard.

Until we meet again ... loved and never forgotten.

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HUGH HENRY MARTIN

Reserve Constable Service Number: R499

29th January 1919 - 2nd June 1977


Hugh Henry Martin grew up at Carnan, Stewartstown and in February 1944 he married Georgina Elizabeth Ruddell, over the next 10 years they had 8 children, 2 boys and 6 girls, sadly one of the girls, Hazel, died at 1 day old.

He always put his family first and worked diligently all his adult life. His Church and faith were always important to him which kept him strong during many troubled times.

He spent his adult life giving service to his country (Northern Ireland). At 21 he joined the Home Guards and served from 1940 to 1944, he then joined the Ulster Special Constabulary (USC) and served 30 years until it was disbanded. In October 1970 he joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve (RUCR) part time and was stationed in Stewartstown, after 4 years he signed up full time and continued to serve through very difficult times.

His family, his service to his country and his Christianity are all symbolised within the square on this Memorial Quilt.

He was brutally murdered by cowardly terrorists at Carnan, Stewartstown on 2nd June 1977. Two young colleagues travelling in the same patrol car also lost their lives.

“Not just today but every day in silence we remember”

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JOHN HENRY (JACK) SCOTT

Reserve Constable

19th January 1930 - 22nd June 1979


Jack was born in Canada 19th January 1930, third in the family to Sam and Mabel. Jack had one brother Bobby and three sisters Lily, Anna and Elizabeth. His mum died in Canada when he was just 4 years old, the family returned to Fintona, County Tyrone.

Jack’s father remarried and together with his brother they moved to Ardboe, where they worked on their father’s farm.

Jack didn’t remain working on the farm, he developed a skill for driving HGV lorries and commenced work with Sinclair’s in Stewartstown and also W.J. Hagan in Kingsmills, until the Milk Marketing Board took over W.J. Hagan’s firm. He then continued his employment with them.

Romance blossomed when he met his lovely wife, wee Sarah Dallas and they married in 1955. They went on to have 9 children, Philip, Alvin, Jacqueline, Pamela, Robert, Kenneth, David, Alistair and Nigel. They resided at 1 Moneymore Road, Cookstown.

Jack was a member of the B Specials until they were disbanded and joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserves (RUCR) in 1970.

He enjoyed playing the accordion, so much so that he would have entertained in local orange halls ... like Ochill and Tamlaght. His payment for these events was the princely sum of £1. He also belonged to Tamlaght accordion band from Coagh and was a member of Tamlaght LOL 160.

While Jack was at his full-time job in the Milk Marketing Board on the 22nd June 1979, he was murdered by terrorists in Ardboe where he had lived as a teenager. His eldest child was 22 years old and the youngest just 7 years old.

His love for the accordion has been chosen for the memory quilt, with the names Jack and Sarah and all 9 siblings names lovingly stitched onto the bellows by his daughter Jacqueline and son-in-law Noel Glasgow.

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ANDREW (ALFIE) WOODS

Constable Service Number: 10144

2nd August 1931 - 2nd August 1981


Alfie was married to Mary for almost 25 years. They had six children, three boys and three girls. He also had three brothers and three sisters with whom he was very close.

Alfie joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in 1969, before this he worked for the Water Board, he also had a small farm which he worked on. Alfie was an Orangeman and was a very keen fisherman.

He was murdered on his 50th birthday in a landmine explosion outside Loughmacorry, near Omagh along with his colleague Constable John Smyth.

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MARY WOODS

Wife of Andrew (Alfie) Woods

16th March 1931 - 16th August 1982


Mary was a very genuine, caring person, she was also a Christian and lived a life of caring for her family and helping others out whenever she could. She stayed at home raising her six children, she loved cycling and walking. She never recovered from losing her soul mate. Mary died a year later of a broken heart.

The hands on the quilt are of four of their grandchildren who they never got to meet.

This square was made on behalf of one of their daughters Jean

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JAMES (JIM) GIBSON

Private Service Number: 24208559

Former member of the UDR

21st August 1932 - 2nd December 1982


Husband of the late Robina and father to Philip, Glenn (Late), Beth, Billy, Derek, Dougie, Sandra and Audrey.

Jim, a 50-year-old Protestant civilian, a widower with 7 children and a bus driver was a former member of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR). Mr. Gibson stopped his Ulsterbus to let children off at the Annaghmore crossroads when 2 masked men approached.

One of the gunmen entered the bus and opened fire. A 13-year-old girl was sitting in the front of the bus and said: “suddenly I heard shots. I saw Mr. Gibson. His head fell to 1 side and the bus was still moving because he had tried to drive on. The bus then went into the ditch. It was horrific”. Her 11-year-old brother said: “I was sitting in the 2nd seat from the back. I heard shots, about 7 or 8, and then 1 of the children in the front of the bus jumped up and told everyone to lie down and keep cool. A boy who was 14 managed to open the back emergency exit and we all crawled out”. A woman living nearby said: “I heard the crack-crack and I thought it was the bus backfiring. Then I looked out and he was slumped on the wheel. I was horrified. All the youngsters on the bus were in hysterics. I took 3 of them ... 2 boys and a wee girl into the house. They were in a bad state and they were all screaming”.

Mr. Gibson’s family said that his movements must have been watched because out of 29 weeks, he drove the bus only 1 week. Mr. Gibson was from Coagh but was living in Dungannon at the time.

Callously murdered on 2nd December 1982, whilst driving Catholic children home from school in Clonoe near Coalisland.

The tartan on our square is the ‘Gibson Tartan’

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DAVID WILSON

Civilian

27th April 1947 – 17th May 1986


David grew up in Gortnaglush, Dungannon, the youngest son of Walter and Minnie Wilson and brother of Kenneth, Wilfred and Eric.

He married Hilary Dobson in September 1972 and they had two daughters Claire and Alison. He was a wonderful husband and father.

David was a faithful member of Donaghmore Upper Parish Church serving on the select vestry and as a church warden in 1985. He was a member of Newmills Silver Band, Newmills LOL 183 and Bloomhill RBP 1147.

David was a member of Newmills Boys Brigade for many years and was Lieutenant in the Company section 1969 - 1970, and Captain 1975 - 1976.

David ran his own hardware business in Castlecaulfied village from February 1974 until his murder in Donaghmore by IRA gunmen on 17th May 1986.

This memory square was designed by David’s wife Hilary, daughters Claire and Alison and was made by Betty Burrowes (a family friend).

‘Never a day passes without a thought of you’

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EDWARD (NED) GIBSON

Private

Service Number: 24715186

11th July 1965 - 26th April 1988


Ned was born in Coagh, County Tyrone 11th July 1965, the youngest son of Stewart and Betty. He had two brothers Evans and John also two sisters Lyn and Alison. Alison died at the age of 18 as the result of a car accident.

Ned’s education was spent in Tamlaght Primary School, Cookstown High School, and Omagh Training Centre.

At 16 years of age Ned met Wendy from Omagh when they were at a dance. The 50cc motorbike represented on this quilt square signifies his mode of travel while courting Wendy. Of course a nickname was given as it was only a 50cc, it was referred to as Ned on his flying 5-0 as it would have taken him 2 hours to get from Omagh to Coagh and of course there would have been a few stops for a smoke break during the journey.

Ned and Wendy were married on the 14th April 1984 in Edenderry Presbyterian Church Omagh with their reception in Hanover House, Coagh which his Uncle Bryson owned at the time. The significance of the roses on the quilt is for their daughter Marlene who was born in March 1985. On this occasion the nurses teased Wendy about the young man bringing 4 red roses behind his back and 3 meant I love you…..Wendy’s reply was that 4 meant I love you forever.

The collerette represents the orange lodge Tamlaght LOL 160, of which Ned was a member following in his father and brothers footsteps.

As like any other young couple they struggled with family life, there was tough times financially as neither of them had jobs. In his short life he had a variety of jobs, from joinery, bacon factory, bar, until finally he was successful in employment with Cookstown Council.

In 1987 things improved and they decided to buy a house via co-ownership and then Ned made the decision to join the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) part time. Ned was so proud when he brought home his kit bag, Wendy never got to see him in his uniform as 8 weeks after he joined 26th April 1988 the Provisional IRA (PIRA) terrorists murdered Ned while he was at his full time job in the council, collecting bins at 15 Aneeter Road, Coagh. He was 22 years of age.

Our small family has never been the same but has survived despite the PIRA terrorists trying to destroy us. We will never get over the loss of Ned, husband, father, son, brother, friend but we have learnt to live with it and remember him every day.

God has been kind enough to bless us with Mia, born 13-4-2015 a granddaughter for Ned and Wendy. Mia knows all about her granda Ned and how he was murdered

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LESLIE DALLAS

Private

Service Number: 24275823

Former member of the UDR

4th June 1950 - 7th March 1989


Leslie was born at Urbal lane, Coagh the son of James and Eleanor Dallas. He had 3 sisters and 4 brothers. He was educated at Coagh Primary and Cookstown Secondary School. On leaving school he trained as a car salesman, first with Sam Bell Motors, Cookstown and then with Joe Reid Car Sales, Portglenone before he started his own business Dallas Motors, Main Street, Coagh. He married Hazel Sommerville from Newmills and they had 2 children Elaine and Alan.

Leslie enjoyed playing football and snooker, but his main love was motor sport. He had success in Auto test events, rallies and hill climbs, and then took up Hot Rod Racing. He excelled in this sport with many wins including World of Wheels Grand Prix at Newtonabbot, the UK and Scottish Open Championship in Cowdenbeath, national Hot Rods Association Championship at Ipswich. This success culminated in his winning the European Championship in 1986. The family enjoyed travelling with him to these events.

He enlisted with the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) on 26th January 1972 and served in ‘G’ Company in Cookstown. He resigned later that year. On 7th March 1989 Leslie and Hazel had just returned from Cookstown and stopped at the garage to wait for the children arriving on the school buses. As they were chatting to two friends Ernie Rankin and Austin Nelson a car approached from the Urbal Road a gun man got out and sprayed Leslie’s car and garage with more than 50 rounds of automatic fire. Hazel was lucky to survive but the three men died at the scene. Minutes later the school buses arrived carrying Leslie’s children, Elaine and Alan, they both had to witness the horrific scene of their father’s murder.

Leslie was buried at Coagh Presbyterian Church and is commemorated in the church and in Coagh Orange Hall.

This square was designed by his wife Hazel.

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ALBERT DAVID COOPER

Sergeant Major

Service Number: 24205129

25th April 1948 - 2nd November 1990


Albert was married with three children. He had a keen interest in rallying and participated early in life but later enjoyed it as a spectator sport. He also loved music and took part in karaoke at every opportunity.

Albert took pride in being a member of the Orange Order, the Royal Black Institution and the Masonic.

Albert had a long-distinguished military career, initially a member of the Ulster Special Constabulary (USC), he joined the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) on 7th March 1970. He also owned his own business, the Mid Ulster Exhaust Centre.

On 2nd November 1990 a woman telephoned his garage asking him to fit a new exhaust to her car. She delivered the car a short time later and when Albert opened the car door it exploded killing him instantly.

This square was designed by his wife Linda

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