The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) was founded at a public meeting in Belfast in January 1967.

A 13-member committee included representatives of the Dungannon-based Committee for Social Justice, the Republican Clubs, the NI Labour Party (NILP), the Ulster Liberal Party, the Communist Party of Ireland and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Regarding NICRA as a rival, the Nationalist Party declined to join.

NICRA’s formation reflected the wider relevance of the issues already animating Derry activists. The DUAC and DHAC already occupied much of the territory appropriate to the new association.