British Leyland executive is shot and wounded by a gunman while delivering a lecture at Trinity College Dublin.
Geoffrey Armstrong director of employee relations and services with automotive corporation British Leyland had been invited to deliver a guest lecture as part of a one-day international conference organised by the Dublin Junior Chamber of Commerce being held in Trinity College.
Fifty or so people were sitting in a lecture room in the Arts Block at Trinity College when three masked gunmen burst in. One of them shot Geoffrey Armstrong in the legs. Before they ran out of the room the men stated that their action was in support of the H-Block prisoners.
An eyewitness describes the shooting as,
Savage. Just a vicious attack.
Geoffrey Armstrong was rushed to the Meath Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. All entrances to the college were sealed within minutes of the shooting, and Gardaí and detectives began interviewing hundreds of people who had been on campus at the time.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 March 1981. Parts of this report are without sound.