Gerard Davison

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Gerard Davison
Born c. 1967
Died 5 May 2015 (aged 47)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Other names Jock
Occupation Provisional IRA commander
Children 3

Gerard Davison (c. 1967 – 5 May 2015) was a commander of the Provisional IRA. He was shot and killed on 5 May 2015.[1]

Davison was quizzed about the murder of Robert McCartney in January 2005. He was released without charge.[2][3] Davison had been a community worker in the working class Markets area of Belfast.[3]


On 5 May 2015 around 09:00 BST, Davison was shot numerous times at Welsh Street in the Markets area of south Belfast.[1][2] While police do not know who killed him,[1] Kevin McGuigan, a former subordinate of Davison's, was named as the chief suspect after he was also shot dead, reportedly by members of the Provisional IRA, on 12 August.[4]

On the evening of the killing, The Guardian’s Henry McDonald reported: “Davison is the most senior pro-peace process republican to have been killed since the IRA ceasefire of 1997. Security sources said it was highly unlikely that any Ulster loyalist group was behind the murders, adding that the killers may instead have come from within the nationalist community, possibly from people who had a longstanding grudge against the victim.”[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Belfast shooting: Ex-IRA man Gerard 'Jock' Davison shot dead". BBC News. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Former IRA leader Gerard 'Jock' Davison shot dead in south Belfast". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Belfast murder: Who was ex-IRA man 'Jock' Davison?". BBC News. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
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  5. ^ McDonald, Henry (5 May 2015). "Belfast police raid home in connection with killing of Gerard 'Jock' Davison". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
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