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
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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?
News / UK and world by Press Association July 25, 2018, 10:05 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Ireland’s foreign minister has denied that Dublin is “meddling” in UK politics by taking part in talks at Westminster on the restoration of power-sharing government in Northern Ireland. Former first minister Lord Trimble has warned Wednesday’s meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference in London comes close to breaching principles enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement that Dublin will have no role in internal UK politics. But Simon Coveney insisted the talks with Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Cabinet Office minister David Lidington will not touch on decision-making in Northern Ireland, and instead on protecting the structures for devolved government to take place. Mr Coveney told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is not meddling for two governments that are … [Read more...] about Dublin’s foreign minister rejects allegations of ‘meddling’ in Northern Ireland
A former British soldier is to be prosecuted over the death of a man he shot at an army checkpoint in Northern Ireland in 1988. Aidan McAnespie, 23, was on his way to a a local Gaelic Athletic Association club when he was shot in the back by David Jonathan Holden in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone, during the Troubles.Holden, who was 18 at the time, always said the shooting was an accident, claiming his hands were wet and that his finger had slipped on the trigger of his machine gun.The Grenadier Guardsman was initially charged with manslaughter but this was later dropped.Northern Ireland's attorney general John Larkin asked the PPS to re-examine the circumstances of the case following a request by the family for a fresh inquest..Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has now announced its intention to prosecute Holden, now 48, for gross negligence manslaughter.Mr McAnespie's family say he had been harassed by soldiers at the checkpoint on previous occasions.A PPS spokeswoman … [Read more...] about Ex-soldier facing charges over 1988 checkpoint shooting in Northern Ireland
Former first minister Peter Robinson tonight delivered his first lecture in his new role as an honorary professor at Queen's University, Belfast. The ex-DUP leader's professorial lecture was on the subject of restoring government in Northern Ireland.Below, we run 'Negotiating the Way Forward – Restoring Government in Northern Ireland' in fullI want to thank the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and all those at the Senator George Mitchell Institute for the great honour and privilege of becoming an Honorary Professor at this prestigious University. I am genuinely deeply moved and grateful.Queen’s University plays a key role in our society - one that goes well beyond educational excellence. I recall the many times I heard investors speak of what was for them a key selling point in their decision to invest in Northern Ireland. It was the close link between business, government and academia. And I’m not just talking about the fantastic research that goes on here and the … [Read more...] about IN FULL: Peter Robinson’s Queen’s University lecture on restoring government in Northern Ireland