Cooper, Ivan

Ivan Cooper (1944-2019) was a Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner, politician and a founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

Born in Killaloo, Derry Ivan Cooper became involved in the civil rights movement and was President of the Derry Citizens’ Action Committee, 1968-69. He was elected to Stormont as an Independent member for Mid-Derry in 1969 and co-founded the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in 1970.

On 30 January 1972, he organised a protest march in Derry during which fourteen unarmed men were shot dead by soldiers. This became known as Bloody Sunday. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for Mid-Ulster in 1973 and was Minister of Community Relations in 1974, but left active politics in 1983.

Ivan Cooper died on 26 June 2019 at the age of seventy five.