Updated 6:48 am CST, Sunday, January 20, 2019 This photo taken on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 shows the scene of a suspected car bomb on Bishop Street in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland politicians are condemning a car bombing outside a courthouse in the city of Londonderry. The device exploded Saturday night as police, who had received a warning, were evacuating the area. The Police Service of Northern Ireland posted a photograph of a vehicle in flames and urged the public to stay away. (Steven McAuley/PA via AP) less This photo taken on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 shows the scene of a suspected car bomb on Bishop Street in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland politicians are condemning a car bombing outside a ... more Photo: Steven McAuley, AP Photo: Steven McAuley, AP … [Read more...] about IRA dissidents suspected in Northern Ireland car bomb blast
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THE Army’s former commander in Northern Ireland has branded a ‘witch hunt’ of ageing veteran troops as “unacceptable and vindictive”. Retired general Sir Nick Parker also accused ministers of “running scared” of the law over the prosecution of former soldiers in Northern Ireland. It came as Tory MP Johnny Mercer, who sits on the Commons Defence Committee, said the Government was “literally breaking our own people”. Sir Nick - who led the army in Northern Ireland in 2006 - told MPs: “It is in my view unacceptable that you send someone to do their country’s duty with this hanging in the background.” He said if people behaved illegally the Army’s chain of command should be robust enough to deal with that. He went on: “This sense that someone is going to turn the clock back to look at what you did in a forensic environment, when you were doing what you believed was right and reasonable at the time is, I … [Read more...] about Army’s former commander in Northern Ireland brands prosecution of veteran troops ‘vindictive’
A FRIGHTENED teenager is shot in both legs by paramilitaries after being driven to the appointment by his own mother in a shocking government advert. Punishment beatings and "kneecapping" shootings by organised gangs are now so common in Northern Ireland that authorities are appealing to parents not to take part. Hundreds of people including schoolboys have been maimed by former IRA and Loyalist thugs who rule housing estates — often for petty crimes such as joyriding. Now a series of hard-hitting videos shows one brutal kneecapping from the point of view of a mother and her terrified son. The mum receives a text from the gang saying: "Bring him now". She leads the youngster to her car and drives him to his appointment with the paramilitaries on a residential street. Department of Justice Ending The Harm northern Ireland: Mother The mum tells her son: "I love you" before he walks towards a row of garages followed by two thugs in balaclavas who shoot him behind both knees. The boy … [Read more...] about Shocking government warning ad shows teen being kneecapped by masked paramilitaries after hundreds of attacks in Northern Ireland
There are fears that Brexit and arguments around the Irish border could open old wounds in Northern Ireland. The boundary remains the sticking point in negotiations with cross-border trade entwined with deep-rooted issues of identity.Richard Bell has been farming on the Fermanagh border all his life. In 1972, his brother's life was brutally ended by the IRA."As we came along the road and just turned in at the end of the lane, three guns opened up on us," he recalled.He said the border gives him his British identity and fears any tampering with it could raise tensions."The IRA wants a united Ireland, British people don't want a united Ireland and if there comes a hard border, it may give the IRA an excuse to start up again to get rid of the border," he said. Arlene Foster describes the targeting of Protestants along the frontier as "ethnic cleansing".The DUP leader's own idyllic childhood on the border was abruptly ended in 1970.She said: "It's part of who I am. When I was nine years … [Read more...] about Fears that Brexit could open old wounds in Northern Ireland
TWENTY years ago a historic peace agreement signalled an end to three decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. But what were the Troubles and what is the Good Friday agreement? Here's the lowdown on the years of bloody violence. When were The Troubles? The Troubles describe a 30-year period between the late 60s and early 90s, when sectarian violence in Northern Ireland caused the deaths of thousands of civilians and security personnel. Historians tend to place the beginning of the Troubles with the 1968 civil rights movement, which demanded an end to Unionist-dominated rule from the devolved Northern Ireland government at Stormont. Marches, protests, civil disobedience and increasing violence led to the British government's decision in 1969 to deploy troops to the streets, especially in Belfast and Londonderry. In 1971, the government introduced its policy of internment, locking up terror suspects without trial. By the following year, the situation had deteriorated. On … [Read more...] about When were the Troubles in Northern Ireland, what happened in Belfast and what is the Good Friday Agreement?