Eamonn Melaugh

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Eamonn Melaugh (born 4 July 1933) is an Irish socialist, political campaigner and activist from Derry, Northern Ireland.

He helped found the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC)[1][2] and the Derry Unemployment Action Committee (DUAC)[3] which campaigned for jobs and housing for Derry Catholics.

As a result, Melaugh and the DHAC became involved with the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in the late 1960s.[4] He later contributed evidence to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.[5]

He is an active party member of the Workers' Party of Ireland[6] and ran as a candidate for the Workers' Party of Ireland[7] and its predecessor, Republican Clubs/Official Sinn Féin, in various elections in the Foyle constituency.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Melaugh married Mary McLaughlin in 1956; the couple had 11 children, 4 daughters and 7 sons.[9] One son, Martin, curates the University of Ulster's CAIN website.


  1. ^ Derry Housing Action Committee Irish Civil Rights, ia-pl.org; accessed 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ Hastings, Max (1970). Barricades in Belfast: the fight for civil rights in Northern Ireland. Taplinger Publishing. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-8008-0665-1.
  3. ^ Stout, Angela Kathryn; Richard Alan Dello Buono; William J. Chambliss (2004). Social problems, law, and society. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 352. ISBN 978-0-7425-4207-5.
  4. ^ McMahon, Seán (1997). A short history of Ireland. Dufour Editions. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-8023-1319-5.
  5. ^ Bloody Sunday Report (Volume 5, Chapter 86) Archived 3 November 2010 at the UK Government Web Archive Volume 5, Chapter 86.
  6. ^ Presentation to Eamonn Melaugh, Annual Northern Ireland regional conference of the Workers Party, Belfast (4 October 2008), youtube.com.
  7. ^ Foyle Elections 1983-1992, ark.ac.uk; accessed 30 January 2018.
  8. ^ Foyle Elections 1973-83 Eamonn Melaugh Electoral history], electionsireland.org; accessed 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ Eamonn Melaugh Archived 22 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine, eaawsecohumanitarians.org; accessed 30 January 2018.