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  • Rewriting history: 400-year-old battle in County Fermanagh

    11/02/2014 7:16:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 October 2014 | Julian Fowler
    In 1594, soldiers loyal to Queen Elizabeth I, sent to relieve a garrison besieged by Irish chieftain Hugh Maguire in Enniskillen Castle, were ambushed as they crossed the Arney River... and their supplies were thrown into the river. It became known as the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits. According to the history books it took place near Drumane Bridge, close to the modern main road between Enniskillen and Dublin... Local people, like farmer Maurice Owens, thought they knew otherwise from the stories passed down through the generations. "We were always told that the battle took place down here...
  • Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88

    09/12/2014 9:43:35 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 12, 2014
    September 12, 2014 Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88 DUBLIN -- The Rev. Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast, his wife said. He was 88. Paisley was Northern Ireland's most polarizing politician throughout its three decades of civil strife, during which the evangelist's blistering oratory was often blamed for fueling the bloodshed that claimed 3,700 lives. Yet at the zenith of his peace-wrecking powers, Paisley in 2007 stunned the world by delivering...
  • Hillary Clinton “distressed” by Northern Ireland tensions as two bombs found

    12/07/2012 11:30:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:15PM GMT 07 Dec 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Hillary Clinton has called for an end to “unacceptable” violence in Northern Ireland as she visited the region amid a revival of sectarian tensions. The US Secretary of State said she was “distressed” to hear about a death threat to Naomi Long, the East Belfast MP, and the discovery of two unexploded bombs. … Mrs. Clinton landed in Belfast as part of four-day European trip, just hours after police seized an unexploded bomb from suspected Republican dissidents in Londonderry. A second device was found in a postbox. …
  • Six police injured in Belfast riots

    07/02/2011 5:09:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Six police officers were injured and seven people were arrested during overnight clashes in east Belfast, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. Rioting broke out following the Protestant “mini Twelfth” parade on Friday, a force spokeswoman said. Police vehicles were damaged and missiles were thrown at officers trying to quell the “significant disorder” in the Castlereagh Street and Albertbridge Road areas of the city. Officers used rubber bullets and a water cannon to try to disperse the crowds, finally bringing calm to the area in the early hours of Saturday. Six officers were hurt when youths threw by blocks...
  • Car bomb explodes outside Londonderry shopping centre (Northern Ireland)

    10/04/2010 11:47:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5th October 2010
    A large car bomb exploded today in Northern Ireland, causing large-scale damage to a shopping centre. The device, planted in a Vauxhall Corsa, detonated just after midnight outside a bank at the back of the Da Vinci retail complex near the University of Ulster in Londonderry. A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: 'A warning had been received just an hour earlier and a cordon was in place. 'Initial inquiries suggest there were no injuries. Substantial damage was caused to the retail complex and to the car.' Dozens of homes and businesses, including a nursing home, were...
  • 82 police injured in Northern Ireland's 2 nights of Catholic riots; politicians plead for calm

    07/13/2010 10:24:53 AM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 276 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | July 13, 2010 | NA
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders condemned Irish nationalist rioters Tuesday who wounded 82 police officers during two nights of street clashes sparked by the province's annual parades by the British Protestant majority.
  • vacation in Belfast

    04/29/2009 4:08:46 PM PDT · by franksolich · 16 replies · 474+ views
    conservativecave ^ | April 29, 2009 | franksolich
    After having exhausted Edinburgh, I announced I was headed on to Belfast, Northern Ireland. I disremember exactly all that was going on at the time--there hadn't been any explosions or murders (there however were to be shortly after I left, dozens and scores murdered, but I was already in Wales by then), but the American embassy strongly advised Americans to not go there, and the British government was trying to discourage all non-residents of Northern Ireland from going there. I have no idea how they knew, but they knew. I was reminded of this, and it was suggested that there...
  • David Cameron launches biggest Conservative shake-up for decades

    07/23/2008 8:54:41 PM PDT · by GreenLanternCorps · 5 replies · 239+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 24 Jul 2008 | Andrew Porter, Political Editor
    David Cameron is to launch the biggest shake-up of the Conservative Party for decades as part of a bold plan to win support across the whole of the United Kingdom. The Tories are to forge a new party with the Ulster Unionists to try to secure broader backing for Mr Cameron before the next election. The move to restore a link severed more than 30 years ago forms a central plank in a new Conservative strategy to broaden the party's appeal outside England.
  • 'Gay counselling' call rejected (Northern Ireland's 'first lady' probed by police)

    06/08/2008 4:10:49 PM PDT · by Stoat · 49 replies · 171+ views
    The BBC ^ | June 6, 2008
    'Gay counselling' call rejected Iris Robinson said gay people should seek counselling A gay rights campaigner has rejected a Northern Ireland assembly member's call for homosexuals to seek psychiatric counselling.David McCartney from the Rainbow Project was responding to comments from Iris Robinson, who is the chair of the Stormont health committee. Mrs Robinson said with help, gay people could be "turned around". Mr McCartney said there was "no body of evidence" to support this and asked to meet the MP. Mrs Robinson made her comments on BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan Show on Friday. She said she would defend her...
  • Nobel winner: Hillary Clinton's "silly" Irish peace claims

    03/07/2008 7:38:59 PM PST · by Arkancide · 21 replies · 1,260+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 03/08/2008 | Toby Harnden
    Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is a "wee bit silly" for exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province. Hillary Clinton with the Rev Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after their meeting in Washington last year "I don’t know there was much she did apart from accompanying Bill [Clinton] going around," he said. Her recent statements about being deeply involved were merely "the sort of thing people put in their canvassing leaflets" during elections. "She visited when...
  • Family perish in house fire

    11/13/2007 2:46:03 PM PST · by UKrepublican · 6 replies · 59+ views
    Family perish in house fireSeven members of the one family - including five children - were killed today in one of Northern Ireland's worst ever fire tragedies. A man and a woman - named locally as farmer Arthur McElhill and Lorraine McGovern - and five children, aged from 13 to just a few months old, perished as fire swept through their terrace house at Lammy Crescent in Omagh at 4.55am today. Neighbours, who made desperate attempts to rescue the family as the tiled roof of their home collapsed, told how they heard screams as the blaze caught hold. After five...
  • Loyalists make Catholic Poles welcome

    02/18/2007 10:46:35 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 367+ views
    Guardian ^ | Sunday February 18, 2007 | Henry McDonald
    Loyalists make Catholic Poles welcome Wartime debt to Britain's East European allies boosts a battle against racism on estate Henry McDonald, Ireland editor Sunday February 18, 2007 The Observer The contribution made by Polish pilots during the Second World War is being used as a weapon in the fight against racism in Northern Ireland. An estate infamous for the expulsion of Catholics during the Anglo-Irish Agreement protests is welcoming an influx of Catholic residents from eastern Europe. And the Ulster Defence Association is so keen to prevent the new arrivals from leaving, it has leafleted Lisburn urging loyalists to support...
  • A long way from Dublin's bloody past

    02/04/2007 5:28:22 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies · 677+ views
    BBC ^ | 03/03/07 | Kevin Connolly
    There is a cold hour just before dawn, when the light is the colour of lead, when the past seems a little closer and a lot more real than it does in the clearer light that comes later in the day. --SNIP-- On that day, IRA gunmen burst into a string of houses that lay along my route to the conference centre and shot dead 14 British officers and intelligence officials. The Ireland of those days was inured to brutality on all sides but there was something about these killings that shocked the Dublin public. Maybe it was the curiously...
  • Education system failing Protestants (Belfast)

    12/08/2006 11:21:06 AM PST · by Murtyo · 7 replies · 332+ views
    UTV (Ulster Television) Belfast, Northern Ireland ^ | FRIDAY 08/DEC/2006 17:55:50 | Jamie Delargy, UTV
    A watchdog committee at Westminster has said the Goverment isn`t tackling the underperformance of Protestant pupils urgently enough. The committee has sent the Department of Education an end of term report. It grades the department on what it has done to lift exam results in loyalist areas. The verdict: could do a lot better. GCSE Maths: Appalling performance; literacy and numeracy: progress manifestly unsatisfactory. In fact the latter criticism applies across Northern Ireland. The Public Accounts Committe reports that one in five pupils leaves school here without being able to read and write properly. But though concerned with the broad...
  • Is Goering's Nazi loot in bowels of Ulster museum?

    09/03/2006 3:08:36 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 8 replies · 848+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 03 Sep 2006 | Stephen Breen
    The Ulster Museum was last night at the centre of a probe into a famous painting that's suspected of being plundered by Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering. Leading art detective Clemens 'Fifty Per Cent' Toussaint is set to travel to Belfast in a bid to establish if the museum's most prized Flemish painting - St Christopher Carrying The Christ Child - was stolen by Hitler's right-hand man during the Second World War. If the millionaire French art sleuth proves Jacob Jordaens' 17th century masterpiece - previously owned by Dutch art collector Jacques Goudstikker - was looted by Goering, the museum...
  • IRA 'has ceased its criminality' (more lies)

    07/25/2006 1:37:51 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 21 replies · 666+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 25 July 2006 | Not stated
    IRA 'has ceased its criminality' The IRA is no longer involved in any centrally organised criminality, the British and Irish governments believe. Speaking after meeting Irish ministers, NI Secretary Peter Hain said cross-border intelligence indicated the IRA was living up to its commitments. Mr Hain said individual IRA members may still be involved in criminal activities, but that should not prevent political progress from being made. However, the DUP's Nigel Dodds said Mr Hain was "living in fantasy land". "This latest assessment from the secretary of state lacks credibility and will be treated by the vast majority of people in...
  • IRA murdered mother 'not an informer'

    07/07/2006 3:56:37 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 33 replies · 715+ views
    Ireland OnLIne ^ | 07/07/2006 | Not stated
    IRA murdered mother 'not an informer' 07/07/2006 - 12:34:40 A mother of 10 who was abducted and shot dead by the IRA nearly 34 years ago was officially cleared today of allegations that she was an informer. Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan said her investigators had found no evidence Jean McConville passed information to the security services. The IRA claimed Mrs McConville, who was seized as she went to the aid of a fatally wounded British soldier outside her front door in December 1972, worked for the intelligence’s agencies. Public pressure forced them into making an apology for the...
  • Man jailed for five years for IRA membership

    06/28/2006 11:47:50 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 17 replies · 528+ views
    Ireland OnLine ^ | 28/06/2006 | Not stated
    Man jailed for five years for IRA membership 28/06/2006 - 13:50:34 A Dublin man who a top garda said had been a member of the IRA since he was 15 years old, has been jailed for five years at the Special Criminal Court. Vincent Kelly, who was arrested wearing an Oglaigh na hEireann t-shirt, was found guilty by the three-judge court earlier this month of being a member of the IRA on June 7 last year. Kelly, who is now 21, of Empress Place, Ballybough, Dublin was arrested when gardaí found a handgun hidden inside a van on the Malahide...
  • IRA were behind 58pc of Troubles

    05/30/2006 1:19:49 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 116 replies · 1,478+ views
    Belfast Today ^ | 30 May 2006 | Not stated
    IRA were behind 48pc of Troubles murders A UNIVERSITY of Ulster academic yesterday blamed the IRA for the overwhelming majority of murders during the Troubles. Henry Patterson, Professor of History at Jordanstown, challenged the view that the Northern Ireland conflict was a simple "war of liberation" by republicans against colonial interests and said there were key differences between the Troubles in Northern Ireland and struggles in Africa and Latin America. He told the sixth International Conference of The Spanish Association for Irish Studies at the University of Valladolid in Spain that the Provisional IRA was responsible for 48 per cent...
  • McGuinness rubbishes media 'British spy' claims

    05/30/2006 12:12:59 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 81 replies · 994+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | 30/05/2006 - 12:28:01 | not stated
    Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness has rubbished claims by a number of tabloid newspapers that he is a high-level British spy. The claims were made on Sunday, but Mr McGuinness said today that he was certain no evidence would ever be produced to support the allegations. He also accused the Democratic Unionist Party of being in league with the British spy-handler who was allegedly the source of the allegation. "This is a dirty trick manufactured and constructed by people within the DUP who are now hooked up to others hostile to the [peace] process," he said
  • Opus Dei Versus The Da Vinci Code – Opus The Winner?

    05/14/2006 1:45:57 AM PDT · by Murtyo · 51 replies · 2,963+ views
    Ian Paisley dot Org ^ | 6 January 2006 | British Church Newspaper AKA European Institute of Protestant Studies
    DAN Brown’s bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, was first published in 2003. By April 2005 it had sold 17 million copies in 44 languages and it is still selling well, as any traveller by plane, bus or train will confirm. It is a novel of the popular, conspiracy theory type. The central thesis is that “the Church” has covered up the fact that Mary Magdalene married Christ. Christ’s divinity was a myth invented by Roman Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD and the pair had descendants. Brown suggests that Mary Magdalene’s character was unjustly impugned by “the Church” in...
  • It’s time to stop the sinister Shinners (Shinners = Sinn Fein/IRA)

    05/10/2006 11:41:45 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 7 replies · 445+ views
    Western People ^ | Wednesday, May 10, 2006 | John Cooney
    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 It’s time to stop the sinister Shinners By: John Cooney THE week-end news story which jumped out of the pages was the revelation that Sinn Fein is linked to a major abuse of the voting register. The Sunday Tribune’s front-page report was based on allegations by Fianna Fail back-bencher Sean Ardagh, one of my local T.D.’s in the Dublin South Central constituency. Sean, who is chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Justice committee, has done a civic service to voters by brining to the Government’s notice the first concrete evidence of electoral fraud that is imputed to...
  • Provisionals linked to expulsion of family at centre of row after killing (IRA at it again!!)

    04/30/2006 8:33:42 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 61 replies · 704+ views
    Newshound.com ^ | April 28, 2006 | Not stated
    Provisionals linked to expulsion of family at centre of row after killing The Provisional IRA has been linked to the forcing out of a family at the centre of a dispute in west Belfast following the murder of Gerard Devlin. However, the latest assessment by the IMC said the organisation had not sanctioned the use of violence in relation to the expulsion. Mr Devlin (39), a father-of-six, was stabbed to death on February 3 in Ballymurphy. His killing sparked a wave of attacks. The IMC said that after the murder the IRA "sought to defuse tensions and that despite popular...
  • Judge throws out Omagh bomb suspect's legal challenge

    04/28/2006 1:31:02 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 4 replies · 334+ views
    Breaking News.ie ^ | 28/04/2006 | Not stated
    Judge throws out Omagh bomb suspect's legal challenge 28/04/2006 - 15:04:46 The trial of the man charged with the Omagh bomb atrocity should go ahead in September, a judge ruled today. Confirmation that Sean Hoey, aged 36, should stand trial came when a judge threw out an application by lawyers acting for the electrician that the charges should be dropped. In a ruling at Belfast Crown Court Mr Justice Weir said he had carefully considered submissions made by both the defence and the Crown during a No Bills Application and had decided there was a case to answer and the...
  • IMC report finds IRA committed to 'political and peaceful path' (IMC are gullible fools!!)

    04/26/2006 1:10:07 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 5 replies · 296+ views
    4NI ^ | 26 April 2006 | Not stated
    26 April 2006 IMC report finds IRA committed to 'political and peaceful path' The Independent Monitoring Commission today published its tenth report, revealing that the body set up to monitor paramilitary activity had found the IRA leadership to be committed to "following a political and peaceful path." In the report, the IMC stated that it had also reason to believe that the IRA had reduced its criminal activity and intelligence gathering. They still had reason to believe that some of its senior members were still involved in criminal activity, however. The report also claimed that not all of the organisation's...
  • Councillors to hear proposal for nuclear plant in Derry (Northern Ireland)

    04/20/2006 1:23:05 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 27 replies · 278+ views
    IrelandOnLine ^ | 20/04/2006 | Not stated
    Councillors to hear proposal for nuclear plant in Derry 20/04/2006 - 11:19:56 Councillors in Derry are due to hear proposals today for the construction of a nuclear power plant in the city. The plan is being put forward by businessman Robert Andrew, who says a 2,000-megawatt plant could generate the same amount of power as 300,000 wind farms. Mr Andrew says the facility would meet all of the North's energy needs and would also create 500 stable jobs. However, local Green Party spokesman Peter Doran is urging councillors to reject the idea, saying it flies in the face of public...
  • Imminent Ulster car bomb attack foiled by police

    04/20/2006 12:57:45 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 27 replies · 598+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 19/04/2006 | Not stated
    Imminent Ulster car bomb attack foiled by police (Filed: 19/04/2006) Police in Northern Ireland have seized 250lb of home-made explosives, foiling a potentially devastating car bomb attack. Local youths threw petrol bombs at police after the raid A senior policeman said those behind the plot - likely to be dissident republicans - planned to explode the device "as soon as possible". Four men were arrested during the raid on a breaker's yard in Lurgan, Co Armagh. A car was also taken away for forensic examination. Superintendent Alan Todd, Lurgan's police commander, said the police had no knowledge of a specific...
  • Judge lashes US anti-terror laws [Donald Trump's sister]

    04/14/2006 11:31:53 AM PDT · by UlsterDavy · 22 replies · 1,680+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 4-14-2006 | Sean O'Driscoll
    Judge lashes US anti-terror laws 'No choice' over deporting ex-INLA man to Britain By Sean O'Driscoll 14 April 2006 A new Jersey federal judge has lambasted the US government's anti-terrorism policies while agreeing that she had "no choice" but to allow the deportation of a former INLA member and two of his children. In a very strongly worded opinion, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, a sister of billionaire mogul Donald Trump, said the words engraved under the Statue of Liberty in New York were now meaningless. She said that Malachy McAllister's conviction for conspiracy to murder an RUC officer was part...
  • IRA suspect convicted of 1989 attack on British base

    04/09/2006 10:41:44 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 16 replies · 514+ views
    BreakingNews.ie ^ | 04/04/2006 - 11:26:22 | Not stated
    IRA suspect convicted of 1989 attack on British base A former member of the IRA was convicted today for his role in a 1989 attack on a British military base in Germany and sentenced to six years in jail. A German state court in Celle found Leonard Joseph Hardy, aged 45, from Antrim, guilty on several counts of attempted murder and of deliberately causing an explosion. Hardy, who was arrested in August in a hotel in the Spanish resort city of Torremolinos and did not fight extradition to Germany in January, has admitted being a member of an IRA “Active...
  • He is not a criminal, says (Gerry) Adams (defending one of his fellow terrorists!!)

    03/24/2006 6:20:45 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 64 replies · 798+ views
    Belfast Today ^ | 24 March 2006 | Not stated
    He is not a criminal, says Adams Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams yesterday stood by alleged former IRA chief Thomas "Slab" Murphy. The businessman, whose farm is at the centre of a police probe into a multi-million pound smuggling operation, has been wrongly demonised, he claimed. Mr Adams said: "Tom Murphy is not a criminal. He is a good republican." Murphy's sprawling estate, straddling the Irish border, was among 15 properties searched yesterday during police raids planned in Belfast and Dublin. Around £200,000 in cash, 30,000 cigarettes, 8,000 litres of fuel and weapons were all seized in the offensive against...
  • Police raid farm of IRA 'chief of staff'

    03/09/2006 7:28:30 PM PST · by 1066AD · 6 replies · 420+ views
    The Daily Telegraph(UK) ^ | 3/10/2006 | Tom Peterkin
    Police raid farm of IRA 'chief of staff' By Tom Peterkin, Ireland Correspondent (Filed: 10/03/2006) The farm owned by the man suspected of being the Provisional IRA's chief of staff was raided yesterday in the largest police operation mounted against suspected organised crime on the Irish border. Thomas "Slab" Murphy's property, which is alleged to be at the heart of the IRA's smuggling empire, was among those searched by police, soldiers and customs officials. Fuel tankers were driven from Murphy's farm after the raid More than 300 British and Irish police officers carried out raids simultaneously on both sides of...
  • Ancient Refuge Found By Workmen (Ireland)

    02/25/2006 10:44:53 AM PST · by blam · 67 replies · 1,350+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-25-2006
    Ancient refuge found by workmen The stone-built tunnel leads into the hillside Workmen have unearthed 1,000 years of history on a County Down building site. They have come upon an underground stone-built tunnel in Raholp, where our ancestors might have hidden from the Vikings or from warring neighbours. Archaeologist Ken Neill said that with chambers off from the main tunnel it was a quite complicated souterrain, and probably built by better off farmers. The opening that led to the tunnel - which leads into the hillside - will be sealed and the passage left alone. "It was really somewhere for...
  • Clashes in Dublin over loyalist march

    02/25/2006 9:02:31 AM PST · by Murtyo · 39 replies · 695+ views
    RTE News ^ | 25 February 2006 16:54 (Irish Time) | RTE News
    Around 300 protestors, who opposed the planned loyalist 'Love Ulster' march, have clashed with gardaí in Dublin city centre. Rocks, bottles, planks of wood and firecrackers were thrown as gardaí, photographers and journalists came under attack. The Garda Riot Squad are still in attendance and a total of 37 people have been arrested. They are being held at Store Street and Pearse Street garda stations. Fourteen people, including six gardaí, have been injured and are being treated in hospital. Skirmishes were reported on O'Connell Bridge and Aston Quay and there was a stand-off for a time on Fleet Street. Loyalist...
  • Conroy says no link found between bomb blasts (Ireland)

    02/10/2006 1:24:45 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 3 replies · 264+ views
    RTE News ^ | 10 February 2006 | Not stated
    The Garda Commissioner, Noel Conroy, has said no link has been established between last night's pipe bomb attack and another bomb that exploded near in Coolock two days ago. The Garda Technical Bureau has spent the day examining the scene of last night's explosion in the driveway of a house. The device was placed under a car parked in the driveway of a house on Roseglen Avenue in Kilbarrack exploded. The spare wheel of the Renault Clio bore the brunt of the explosion, which seriously damaged the car and also blew in the front window on the ground floor of...
  • Reiss set to meet Rafferty family (Joeseph Rafferty was murdered by Sinn Fein/IRA)

    02/03/2006 2:42:30 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 5 replies · 312+ views
    Sunday Life ^ | 29 January 2006 | Not stated
    US PRESIDENT George Bush's special envoy to Ireland is to meet the family of a Dublin man who they say was murdered by republicans. Ambassador Mitchell Reiss said yesterday that there were a number of "serious concerns" about the killing in April last year of Joseph Rafferty and similarities with the death of Robert McCartney who was killed by the IRA. The 29-year-old was murdered after leaving his home near Clonsilla in west Dublin after what that family said was a long running row with republicans. He was shot twice by a gunman disguised as a construction worker as he...
  • IRA in link to £70m property empire (Ireland)

    02/03/2006 12:44:08 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 7 replies · 366+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 01 February 2006 | By Tom Brady
    IRA in link to £70m property empire Garda specialist units seize documents in series of raids By Tom Brady 01 February 2006 An IRA link to a massive £70m-plus property empire in the Republic is being investigated by several Garda specialist units. A series of raids on businesses, houses and the offices of professional advisers has been carried out in four counties in the past week. A huge dossier of documentation, seized in the searches which began a week ago and ended yesterday, will now be analysed to establish if any of the businesses were used to launder IRA monies....
  • IMC report due to land in Government in-trays (Whiteswashes IRA activity)

    01/30/2006 2:55:46 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 9 replies · 212+ views
    4NI ^ | 30 January 2006 | Not stated
    The Independent Monitoring Commission is due to hand its latest report on paramilitary activity to the British and Irish Governments later today. Ahead of the public disclosure of the contents of the report on Wednesday, NIO Minister Shaun Woodward said that he had "absolute confidence" in the Commission. However, Sinn Fein Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness said that he did not consider the IMC to be an independent body. The report is likely to reflect favourably on the lack of Republican paramilitary activity, but may also reflect the PSNI's expressed view that paramilitaries are involved in organised crime. Set up in...
  • MPs vote to pass NI fugitive bill

    11/23/2005 12:35:53 PM PST · by 1066AD · 4 replies · 275+ views
    BBC Online (UK) ^ | 11-23-2005 | Staff
    MPs vote to pass NI fugitive bill The government's controversial bill on paramilitary fugitives has been passed by MPs by a majority of 48 votes. The proposals cover up to 150 people wanted for crimes committed before the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. The bill attracted sustained criticism from unionists, the SDLP, opposition MPs and some Labour backbenchers. Justice minister David Hanson told the Commons they would consider amendments on whether suspects should appear in person before a special tribunal. He said this could happen once the measure reached the committee stage at Westminster. The bill was passed by 310...
  • Experts Say IRA Has Criminal Empire

    10/02/2005 7:40:37 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 12 replies · 484+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 9/30/2005 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    Experts Say IRA Has Criminal Empire By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press Writer Thu Sep 29, 9:50 PM ET The Irish Republican Army may no longer want to fight the British, but detectives say it's still in business — as owners of pubs and clubs, smugglers of fuel and cigarettes, bank robbers by night and property investors by day. Throughout the past 35 years of conflict over this British territory, the IRA has built a sophisticated criminal empire throughout Ireland and beyond, laundering profits through legitimately owned businesses and properties worth more than $400 million, anti-racketeering experts say. Now that weapons...
  • US Accuses Unionists of Abdicating Responsibility (Northern Ireland)

    09/12/2005 9:58:07 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 5 replies · 388+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 9/13/2005 | John Murray Brown
    The US government took the unusual step of accusing Northern Ireland's mainstream unionist parties of an "abdication of responsibility" towards the weekend violence that saw loyalist gunmen shooting live rounds at police officers in some of the worst unrest in years. Fifty officers were injured and 400 plastic bullets were fired by police as they attempted to quell the demonstration. Without identifying any party by name, Mitchell Reiss, George W. Bush's special envoy on Northern Ireland, said: "No political party, and certainly no responsible political leadership, deserves to serve in a government unless it co-operates and supports fully and unconditionally...
  • Bomb Found Inside Police Station in County Tyrone

    07/09/2005 3:22:01 PM PDT · by Jan Hus · 6 replies · 950+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 9 July, 2005
    "A bomb has been defused at a police station in County Tyrone. Army technical officers carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious object in Coalisland. Police later said it had been a "viable device"."
  • Bush snubs irish terrorist political wing for St Pats Day

    03/08/2005 3:24:49 PM PST · by UlsterDavy · 60 replies · 1,726+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2005 | Sean O'Driscoll in New York
    Bush lunch date snub for Sinn Fein By Sean O'Driscoll in New York 08 March 2005 Sinn Fein is to be excluded from an annual St Patrick's Day luncheon at the US House of Representatives because President George Bush is expected to attend. Gerry Adams normally attends the House of Representatives Speaker's Luncheon, but is excluded this year following a White House request. A spokesman for House of Representatives Speaker, Dennis Hastert, said he still did not know if the other Northern Ireland parties will be excluded from the event but said that Sinn Fein were "definitely not invited". Since...
  • Sinn Fein Members Held in Money Laundering Swoop (The tables are turning)

    02/19/2005 6:43:39 AM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 44 replies · 800+ views
    scotsman.com ^ | Thu 17 Feb 2005 | By Kieran McDaid, PA
    Two members of Sinn Fein were being questioned tonight as part of a police investigation into possible IRA links to a major money laundering operation. They were among six men and a woman detained in Dublin and Co Cork. More than £2 million was seized but late tonight police in Belfast could not confirm that any of the money was part of the £26.5 million stolen from the Northern Bank just before Christmas. The Sinn Fein leadership said they were not prepared to make any comment on the cross-border inquiry but politicians from all the main parties in Belfast and...
  • Machine Gun Attack - Kingston, New York

    02/13/2005 1:18:18 PM PST · by sunnysky · 1,131 replies · 54,191+ views
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  • N. Ireland Catholics set for 'confrontation' with Tony Blair

    01/27/2005 11:57:56 PM PST · by jonatron · 3 replies · 343+ views
    afp/yahoo ^ | 1/28/2005
    Sinn Fein, the most powerful Catholic party in Northern Ireland, said it was steeling itself for a "confrontation" with British Prime Minister Tony Blair following recent rows that have imperiled the peace process in the province. "I think it is very fair to say that there is a very deep sense of crisis in the peace process at this time," Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams told reporters in London a day before a meeting with Blair. Efforts to resolve Northern Ireland's political deadlock, which nearly succeeded in talks before Christmas, have been badly hit by a massive bank robbery last...
  • Islamophobia Spiraling in N. Ireland: Expert (Al-Barfo)

    01/27/2005 7:09:08 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 18 replies · 568+ views
    Islam Online ^ | January 27, 2005 | Islam Online
    BELFAST, January 27 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – Racist attacks against the 4,000-strong Muslim community in Northern Ireland have been on the rise since the September attacks on the US, a leading Muslim academic has said. “Since 9/11, the Muslim community in Northern Ireland has felt that they are in the spotlight – that they have got to be careful,” Javaid Rehman, a law professor at the University of Ulster's Magee campus, as quoted as saying by the Scotsman newspaper. He regretted that hate crimes against Muslims in Northern Ireland have been worse than in any other place worldwide, the...
  • Northern Ireland gang takes hostages, mounts one of world's biggest bank robberies

    12/21/2004 12:47:18 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 53 replies · 1,323+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/21/04 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    In one of the world's biggest robberies, thieves took the families of two top bankers hostage and forced the bosses to help them steal more than $39 million from the vaults of a Belfast bank's main office, authorities said Tuesday. Experts said Monday's raid on the Northern Bank cash center was the biggest robbery since 1987, when thieves made off with about $65 million in cash and other valuables from the Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Center in west London. The tactics in Belfast -- particularly the use of hostage-taking as a way to infiltrate a high-security target -- suggested a level...
  • Hopes fade for NI devolution deal (Northern Ireland)

    12/07/2004 10:22:26 AM PST · by 1066AD · 10 replies · 234+ views
    BBC Online ^ | 12/7/2004 | Unattributed
    Hopes fade for NI deal The prospect of agreement this week on a return to power-sharing in Northern Ireland looks less likely now, the BBC has learned. It is understood Ian Paisley's DUP is sticking to its demands for photographic evidence of IRA decommissioning. The Sinn Fein leadership said it had been to see the IRA but insisted there could be "no humiliation" in the process. Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern are due in Northern Ireland on Wednesday. However, instead of announcing a deal to restore Stormont, they will be publishing their proposals for reviving power-sharing. Sinn Fein President Gerry...
  • IRA killers' release part of deal (More appeasement)

    12/01/2004 3:02:31 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 27 replies · 517+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 1 December, 2004 | Not stated
    The killers of an Irish police officer will be recommended for early release if there is a comprehensive deal in Northern Ireland.Garda Jerry McCabe was killed in 1996 Taoiseach Bertie Ahern told the Irish Parliament that he will recommend that the four men be freed as part of a settlement to secure IRA decommissioning. Detective Jerry McCabe was shot dead by the IRA during a robbery in County Limerick in 1996. Four men were convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 11 to 14 years. IRA leadership Responding to a question by Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, Mr Ahern said: "As...
  • Ulster schools backing right to smack: Religious freedom cited in Lords

    12/01/2004 3:02:12 PM PST · by UlsterDavy · 1 replies · 261+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 12-01-2004 | Belfast Telegraph
    Ulster schools backing right to smack Religious freedom cited in Lords By Deborah McAleese 01 December 2004 A number of Ulster's independent schools are today backing a controversial appeal to the House of Lords for the right of teachers to smack pupils with the consent of their parents. Corporal punishment will be re-introduced into the province's seven independent schools if the appeal, which is being brought by a group of teachers and parents headed by the Christian Fellowship in Liverpool, is successful, according to convenor of the Free Presbyterian Education Board Rev Ivan Foster. The challenge is against rulings of...