AN ex-Army chief has told how cops quizzed him over a paramilitary gunman’s death during the Troubles. Gen Sir Lord Dannatt, 67, said he was left “irritated” and “concerned” by the probe. Police questioned him for 45 minutes as a witness to the death of a loyalist in Belfast 45 years ago. There is ongoing concern that ex-soldiers could be prosecuted over deaths in Northern Ireland. The Government is refusing to introduce an amnesty that would stop the prosecutions. Lord Dannatt told The Telegraph that on his last day as Chief of the General Staff in August 2009, his final scheduled appointment was with two investigators from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Historical Enquiries team. Lord Dannatt was commanding a platoon that was ambushed in 1973. One man killed a gunman who managed to kill a British soldier. ACTRESS DEAD Doctor Who and Blake’s 7 star Jacqueline Pearce dead at 74 FLIGHT FROM HELL Chilling moment entire plane is sent … [Read more...] about Ex-Army chief quizzed by cops over paramilitary gunman’s death during the Troubles in Northern Ireland
Troubles 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?
Fears of a "witch-hunt" of former British troops who served in Northern Ireland has prompted a Cabinet divide on the establishment of an historical investigations unit. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley has been told not to establish a team to look into deaths related to The Troubles without protections for ex-soldiers.The establishment of the unit is required as part of the 2014 Stormont House Agreement, but senior Tories fear for the impact on those British servicemen who served in Northern Ireland decades ago.Ms Bradley was cautioned by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday against a "witch hunt" of ex-soldiers, a source confirmed to Sky News.It was widely reported a number of other Cabinet ministers backed Mr Williamson's stance.His predecessor, Sir Michael Fallon, fought in Government to stop prosecutions against soldiers over allegations relating to The Troubles.Introducing a time limit for investigations would effectively provide an amnesty … [Read more...] about Cabinet divide over ‘witch hunt’ of British troops in Northern Ireland
THIS year marks 20 years since The Good Friday Agreement was struck effectively bringing an end to The Troubles in Northern Ireland. An estimated 1,500 people died in the 20 years before the deal - there have been fewer than 150 victims of conflict-related violence since. Who will attend the Good Friday Agreement anniversary? To mark its anniversary, a conference will be held today featuring many of the main players involved in the peace talks. The gathering - at Belfast's Queen's University - is called 'Building Peace: 20 years on from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.' Former US President Bill Clinton and ex Prime Minister Tony Blair are among the international dignitaries on show. Others include Blair aide Jonathan Powell, former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern, ex Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and US envoy George Mitchell. Lord Trimble and Seamus Mallon - the former first and deputy first leaders of the Northern Ireland Assembly - will also attend. Later, … [Read more...] about Good Friday Agreement anniversary – who’s in Northern Ireland today? Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Gerry Adams and Jonathan Powell
0 Have your say Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is acting as handmaiden to right-wing, hard Brexit supporters who view the Good Friday Agreement as an irritant, writes former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell. Twenty years ago today something miraculous came together and the Good Friday Agreement was born. Securing peace in Northern Ireland was incredibly difficult, but it ranks as one of the greatest and most important achievements of the last Labour government.Almost from the day Tony Blair took office, Northern Ireland became a priority, and it never stopped being a priority. Building on work that had begun under John Major, we were convinced a peace once described as impossible was there for the taking, provided we got the different sides to agree to certain principles, then leave the rest to hard work, commitment and negotiation. There were moments in the months and years after when it still felt like everything could fall apart, but a remarkable group of people on all … [Read more...] about Alastair Campbell: Brexit poses a threat to peace in Northern Ireland