Margaret Thatcher visits 2 R IRISH in Fermanagh

Friday, 16 November, 1990
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visits 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers
Prime Minister arrives by helicopter wearing Wellington Boots (Gumboots).

On 16 November 1990, the then Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher PC MP, visited C Coy, 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers at the Permanent Vehicle Check Point, Derryard, which had been the target of a vicious terrorist attack the previous year when two soldiers were killed. The Prime Minister was briefed by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel F J Allen OBE and met many of the soldiers manning the checkpoint. She was later entertained to lunch by the officers of the Battalion at Battalion Headquarters in Grosvenor Barracks, Enniskillen. Five days later Mrs Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister. Her visit to 2 R IRISH was her last to an army unit as Prime Minister.