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  • Bridge connecting Ireland and Britain that could change lives mooted [2013]

    08/02/2014 11:17:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | August 15,2013 | Staff Writers
    The longest sea bridge in the world at 20.2 miles long is the Donghai bridge that links Shanghai to Yangshan in China. A bridge from either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland would have to be even longer than that. In 2007, a 21-mile rail bridge was proposed between Galloway, Scotland, to Belfast, Northern Ireland. The idea would have trains running from Dublin, through Belfast, over the sea to Scotland, and then down railways into London... "Four main routes have been proposed. Two run from Scotland to Northern Ireland - Campbeltown to County Antrim, or Stranraer to Belfast. Two...
  • McCartney sister is 'threatened' (Sister of man murdered by the IRA)

    04/14/2005 3:20:52 AM PDT · by cooper72 · 54 replies · 803+ views
    A sister of murdered Belfast man Robert McCartney has said she was threatened at her home in the Short Strand area. Paula McCartney said a woman told her she would be put out of the area. The family also said they had to stop handing out leaflets about a vigil in her brother's memory when they were confronted by about a dozen people. Mr McCartney, 33, was stabbed after a row in a Belfast bar. The IRA has been blamed for the murder and interference with evidence and witnesses. The family said Mr McCartney's partner, Bridgeen Hagans, was also told...
  • Gerry Adams arrested over McConville murder

    04/30/2014 1:03:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 April 2014 | bbc
    Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams arrested
  • Titanic offices to be reopened (Harland & Wolff, Belfast, N. Ireland)

    10/10/2013 9:36:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 11 October 2013
    The dilapidated offices where plans for the Titanic were drawn up are to be re-opened as part of a £5 million regeneration project. The future of the historic building that used to house the headquarters and design studios of Harland and Wolff shipbuilders in Belfast has been secured by the Heritage Lottery Fund award. While the drawing offices will be opened for public use, the majority of the landmark structure is set to be transformed into a luxury Titanic-themed boutique hotel. The listed building is only yards from where the doomed liner was built and then launched more than a...
  • PSNI storm Co Down church after furious protests against minister

    09/03/2013 12:02:23 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | Claire Graham and Claire Williamson
    Police had to storm into a church to break up an angry protest staged by part of a congregation demonstrating against their minister. At one stage officers had to stop a man trying to pull the power plug to the church organ. Tensions between two groups within the Ballynahinch Congregational Church reached breaking point during angry scenes yesterday. The dramatic climax in the evening service came amid a furious row between some members of a congregation and Rev George Speers. Years of underlying issues came to a head at both the morning and evening service in the rural church in...
  • Ulster inspiration of the magical land of Narnia

    07/09/2013 1:15:11 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Belfast News Letter ^ | 9 July 2013 | by Philip Bradfield
    A new book has been published which collects all CS Lewis’ references to his Ulster childhood and the possible role of such places in inspiring many of his greatest works. CS Lewis – And The Island Of His Birth, by Sandy Smith, lifts the lid on CS Lewis’ early life in Belfast and allows the reader to walk in Lewis’ footsteps on a journey that covers Belfast and Ireland north and south, encapsulating the places that many believe were the inspiration for some of his greatest works. Lewis mentioned parts of Northern Ireland at various times in his writing. “That...
  • Belfast’s Lord Mayor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir (Sinn Féin) Endorses Christine Quinn (for NYC mayor)

    06/15/2013 1:43:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Politicker ^ | 6/13/13 4:02pm | Jill Colvin
    Northern Ireland’s Lord Mayor of Belfast offered an enthusiastic endorsement of a certain Irish-American mayoral candidate Thursday morning during a visit to Gracie Mansion. “We think that every city needs an Irish mayor. And New York has had a series of wonderful mayors and we think it would be wonderful in the days ahead, in the short time ahead, if New York had an Irish-American mayor again,” Lord Mayor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir told Politicker this morning, as he posed for photographs with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn by his side. While Mr. Ó Muilleoir didn’t mention...
  • Nashville Couple, the Gettys, Revive Lost Art of Hymn Writing

    04/14/2013 4:10:46 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 35 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 4-14-13 | Bob Smietana
    Kristyn and Keith Getty specialize in writing modern hymns for churches Most songwriters in Nashville want to get their songs on the radio. Keith and Kristyn Getty hope their songs end up in dusty old hymn books. The Gettys, originally from Belfast, Ireland, hope to revive the art of hymn writing at a time when the most popular new church songs are written for rock bands rather than choirs. They’ve had surprising success.
  • Belfast's Flag Riots Are Setting It On Fire Again

    01/15/2013 6:04:25 AM PST · by Abiotic · 4 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | 15/1/2013 | Matthew Francey
    Being born and raised in Belfast, I’m used to hearing about terrorists, bombs and shootings on the local news, but I can honestly say that despite all that, I considered my hometown a pretty safe place to grow up. I moved to London a year ago, and while Northern Ireland is by no means front-page news here, I couldn’t help but notice that for the past month rioting in Belfast has been featured in almost every news bulletin. The rioting began when Belfast City Council voted to end the continuous flying of the Union Flag from City Hall and hasn’t...
  • Violence erupts in Belfast for a third night

    01/06/2013 1:54:15 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 5 replies
    RTE News ^ | 1/6/13
    There have been further clashes between police and Loyalist protesters in east Belfast, with reports of shots being fired and a 38-year-old man being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The violence, which flared for the third night in a row, is linked to last month's decision by councillors to limit the number of days the union flag is flown over Belfast City Hall.
  • Orange Order parade in front of Catholic Church

    07/15/2012 9:34:46 AM PDT · by ConservativeTerrapin · 48 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/15/2012 | BBC
    Orange Order in Belfast celebrates the July 12 marches in front of a Catholic Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJo9mk4aQwg
  • Tourism Ireland’s Titanic centenary event

    02/24/2012 8:39:41 PM PST · by re_nortex · 8 replies
    Travel Blackboard (Tourism Ireland) ^ | Friday, 24 February 2012 | Anthony Valeriano
    We are commemorating one of the most famous ships in the world in the lead up to the 100th anniversary of the demise of the Titanic said Orla Saul. To bring this special and unique story to life we are delighted to have Susie Miller over from Ireland. Miller runs Titanic Tours in Belfast and is here today to tell us the most intriguing, poignant and personal story about Titanic. The 100th anniversary coincides with the opening of the Titanic visitor centre on 31st March in Belfast. Some people don’t know that the Titanic was built in Belfast said Ms....
  • 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...
  • Belfast violence flares again as police attacked.

    06/21/2011 9:36:12 PM PDT · by Grammy · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/21/11 | Mark Simpson
    Violence has flared for a second night at a sectarian interface near a Catholic enclave in east Belfast. Petrol bombs, missiles and fireworks have been thrown at police lines in the lower Newtownards Road-Short Strand area of east Belfast on Tuesday. Two water canon vehicles have been brought to the area but have not been used yet. The trouble has been reported as the most serious in the area for a decade.
  • I took the plunge for Natalie: Irish student paid £250 to act as Miss Portman's body double

    04/17/2011 6:30:23 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 44 replies
    DailyMail ^ | Last updated at 2:04 PM on 16th April 2011 | By Sarah Fitzmaurice
    Her dance double for Black Swan has claimed that she did hardly any of the full body shots seen in the film. And now it is claimed that Natalie Portman used yet another body double for her latest film Your Highness. In fact, the actress is said to have avoided diving into an icy lake in Belfast and a local Irish girl was paid just £250 to take the plunge instead.
  • New Presbyterian leader says he has no problem worshipping alongside Catholics

    02/09/2011 3:22:00 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 2-Feb-2011 | BFT
    The next leader of the Presbyterian Church has said he has “no problem” with worshipping alongside Catholics. Reverend Ivan Patterson from Newcastle — who won yesterday's election by a convincing margin — will take over from the Right Rev Dr Norman Hamilton on June 6
  • I’m happy to pay for disabled guys to meet hookers

    08/24/2010 7:08:11 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 19 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 8/20/2010 | Jane Graham
    Since it came to light that council money handed out to disabled people has paid for visits to lap-dancing clubs, prostitutes and sign-ups to internet dating sites, newspapers and radio phone-ins have been jam-packed with indignant voices. Some object to a ‘mis-use of public funds’, some have expressed concern about the immorality of promoting ‘loveless’ sex as a social service, and some have even suggested that the state putting money into the hands of a sex-worker is ‘evil’ and/or ‘sick’. It never ceases to amaze me how energetic people can get disapproving of acts of compassion being visited upon those...
  • Guns find in New Lodge police murder bid probe (North Ireland)

    07/17/2010 3:59:49 PM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 7 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 17 July 2010 | NA
    Police investigating the attempted murder of three PSNI officers during 12 July riots have seized guns in north Belfast.
  • 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.
  • Gunman opens fire on Derry Police (North Ireland)

    07/13/2010 4:15:57 AM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday 13 July, 2010 | NA
    Officers were responding to reports of rioting at Lecky Road on the Bogside shortly after 0100 BST on Tuesday when the shots were fired.
  • Police battle Irish nationalists for control of a Belfast road.

    07/12/2010 6:01:12 PM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Monday July 12, 2010 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Police battled Irish nationalists for control of a Belfast road Monday as a day dominated by peaceful Protestant parades across Northern Ireland turned violent when night fell.
  • Northern Ireland police shot in wave of Belfast violence

    07/12/2010 1:25:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 12 July 2010 | Henry McDonald
    Tensions remained high in Northern Ireland after a wave of sectarian violence and republican protests during the Ulster loyalist marching season. Sinn Féin and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) blamed republican dissidents for orchestrating trouble in north and west Belfast in which three police officers were shot and 24 others also injured. In west Belfast, two armed and masked men also hijacked a bus this afternoon and forced its driver to drive to the local PSNI station in Woodburn. The men said they had left an explosive device on the bus, which the driver was forced to abandon...
  • Police probe N.Ireland car bomb (man also shot in face broad daylight)

    05/29/2010 8:54:23 PM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 3 replies · 321+ views
    CNN ^ | May 29th 2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- Northern Ireland police said Saturday they were investigating a car bomb that exploded overnight in the city of Derry, about 70 miles northwest of Belfast.
  • Car Bomb At Barracks In Belfast - Police

    04/11/2010 5:59:11 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 50 replies · 1,146+ views
    Sky News ^ | April 11, 2010 | Andy Jack
    Police say a car bomb has exploded outside a British Army barracks in Northern Ireland. The blast was behind Palace Barracks in Holywood, Belfast, at 12.24am and is described as "ongoing". Reporting from the scene, Sky's Ireland correspondent Vicky Hawthorne said: "Police are not confirming this but there are unconfirmed reports of some injuries on the ground.
  • Murphy acquitted over Omagh bombing (Real IRA)

    03/03/2010 2:53:39 PM PST · by happinesswithoutpeace · 7 replies · 355+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | Thursday, February 25, 2010 | The Irish Times
    Murphy acquitted over Omagh bombing COLM MURPHY walked free from the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday after he was cleared at a retrial of a conspiracy charge in relation to the 1998 Omagh bombing which killed 29 people and injured more than 300. Mr Murphy said after being acquitted of the charge: “I am glad to see it’s all over. Find out who was behind it – MI5 agents setting people up.” The three-judge non-jury court ruled that there was no evidence upon which the court could have convicted Mr Murphy after it ruled that all the evidence of...
  • 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...
  • Socialist Terrorist Was Making Radioactive Dirty Bomb For Inauguration

    04/18/2009 11:46:14 PM PDT · by SBD1 · 108 replies · 8,330+ views
    WikiLeaks ^ | January 19, 2009 | Washington DC Regional Threat and Analysis Center
    FBI FIELD INTELLIGENCE GROUPS Page 11 9 December 2008 Discovery of Radiological Dispersal Device Components, Literature, and Radioactive Material at the Maine Residence of an Identified Deceased US Person On 9 December 2008, radiological dispersal device components and literature, and radioactive materials, were discovered at the Maine residence of an identified deceased USPER James Cummings. Cummings had possible ties to white supremacist groups. On 9 December 2008, four one-gallon containers of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide, lithium metal, thermite, aluminum powder, beryllium, boron, black iron oxide, and magnesium ribbon were discovered at the Cummings’ residence. (FBI comments: Literature on constructing ‘dirty...
  • Northern Ireland tense as officials hunt for smuggled bomb

    03/12/2009 12:25:58 PM PDT · by 82ndABNOfficer · 1 replies · 434+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3-12-2009 | Jason Walsh
    DUBLIN, Ireland – A security alert has been issued today in the Northern Ireland town of Ballykinler, the site of a British Army base.
  • Report: 'Dirty bomb' parts found in slain man's home

    02/24/2009 8:40:41 PM PST · by maine-iac7 · 32 replies · 2,635+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 2/10/09 | By Walter Griffin
    Agency says radioactive materials recovered in home of man allegedly slain by his wife ...BELFAST, Maine — James G. Cummings, who police say was shot to death by his wife two months ago, allegedly had a cache of radioactive materials in his home suitable for building a “dirty bomb.” According to an FBI field intelligence report from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center posted online by WikiLeaks, an organization that posts leaked documents, an investigation into the case revealed that radioactive materials were removed from Cummings’ home after his shooting death on Dec. 9 It says that four 1-gallon...
  • Roy Belfast Jr., A/K/A Chuckie Taylor, Sentenced on Torture Charges

    01/09/2009 3:56:40 PM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies · 404+ views
    US DOJ.gov ^ | January 9, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2009/January/09-crm-021.html Roy Belfast Jr., A/K/A Chuckie Taylor, Sentenced on Torture Charges WASHINGTON – Roy M. Belfast Jr. was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga today to 97 years in prison for crimes related to the torture of people in Liberia between April 1999 and July 2003, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta for the Southern District of Florida. Belfast, a/k/a Chuckie Taylor, Charles Taylor Jr., Charles Taylor II and Charles McArther Emmanuel, was convicted on October 30, 2008, by...
  • Rabies victim loses fight for life at Belfast hospital

    01/07/2009 8:50:17 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies · 719+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | January 7, 2009
    The Northern Ireland woman who contracted the rabies virus while working with abandoned animals in South Africa has lost her fight for life. Lisa McMurray had spent weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital after contracting the deadly disease.
  • Two owners of Route 3 big-box tract visit Belfast

    12/30/2008 9:39:12 AM PST · by mainestategop · 1 replies · 273+ views
    bangor daily news ^ | Walter Griffen
    BELFAST, Maine — The owners of property zoned to accommodate a big-box retailer met with city officials recently and left committed to developing the site. Mayor Walter Ash, City Manager Joseph Slocum and City Planner Wayne Marshall met with Bob and Gary Bahre a week ago. Slocum said he believes the Bahres left the meeting with a strong impression of the city and firm in their belief that their property provided an ideal opportunity for putting a deal together.
  • Coffee jar bomb found by police (IRA Splinter Groups Making A Comeback?)

    11/19/2008 4:52:27 PM PST · by 82ndABNOfficer · 15 replies · 768+ views
    BBC News UK ^ | 11-19-2008 | BBC Belfast
    Police have recovered a so-called 'coffee jar bomb' following a security alert in west Belfast on Wednesday....
  • Unreported Major Factual Error in Obama Berlin Speech

    07/24/2008 8:19:10 PM PDT · by drill_ANWR · 69 replies · 233+ views
    Drill_ANWR
    <p>Obama, all his advisers, and the fawning MSM are clueless.</p> <p>As mistakes go, I would say this is the ultimate. A prepared speech (not an off-the-teleprompter gaffe), announced days in advance to the world. How is a mistake this huge possible? There is no chance he misread (misspoke), otherwise, there would be no mention of Belfast in that portion of the speech.</p>
  • Threat Matrix: July 2008

    07/02/2008 7:02:59 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,101 replies · 9,633+ views
    Al-Qaeda Draws New Recruits Via Internet Al-Qaeda is using the Internet to recruit vulnerable young people to its terrorist network, according to a programme aired on Saudi Arabian TV late on Tuesday. Umm Osama, the founder of al-Qaeda's first women-only website, al-Khansa, joined several others on the programme to discuss how they renounced jihadist ideology. Among those who sought a response to this question was an imam from the Medina mosque, Saleh Ibn Awad al-Mudamsi, and the father of a young al-Qaeda suspect held in an Iraqi prison. Read More Qaeda Targets U.S. Oil Interests in North Africa U.S....
  • Threat Matrix: June 2008

    06/02/2008 12:04:34 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,085 replies · 5,263+ views
    The Hunt for American al Qaeda The United States is turning up the heat in the hunt for the California boy turned al Qaeda operative, Adam Gadahn, who has been charged with treason and is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan. If caught and convicted, Gadahn could face the death penalty. The State Department along with the Department of Diplomatic Security announced the beginning of a publicity campaign in Afghanistan urging locals to provide any information on Gadahn's whereabouts, with a reward if the information leads to his capture. Radio advertisements with information concerning the $1 million reward have...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush - England/Northern Ireland many many Photos and news) 06-16-08

    06/16/2008 6:33:24 PM PDT · by snugs · 73 replies · 2,929+ views
    The President and First Lady continued their visit to United Kingdom today spending part of the day in London and then travelling to Northern Ireland before departing for Washington. There were some serious meetings where the Presdent was assure that Britain would continue their support and in fact would increase troops in Afganistan. The relationship between Gordon Brown and the President seemed more relaxed than at any of their previous meeting. On a lighter level the President and First Lady visited an integrated primary school in Belfast and the First Lady also visited the British Museum earlier in the day...
  • Eight arrested over double murder [Belfast, IRA, Sinn Fein]

    11/12/2007 10:06:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 189+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, November 12, 2007 | unattributed
    The body of Edward Burns, 36, - who was shot in the head - was found near Falls Road and the beaten body of Joe Jones, 38, was discovered in Ardoyne. Irish police said that three men and a woman had been arrested by detectives in Dublin and Dundalk on Sunday. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said three men and a woman were being questioned in Antrim over the killings. Police said the killings took place against the backdrop of tension within dissident republicanism.
  • Ireland: Hain not sorry for his slavery apology ("Gov't obsessed with revisionist history")

    02/16/2007 7:46:26 AM PST · by Stoat · 11 replies · 592+ views
    Belfast Today ^ | February 16, 2007
    Hain not sorry for his slavery apology  The Northern Ireland Office has said Peter Hain will not be apologising for clouding the issue over Ulster's role in the slave trade. The Secretary of State said his reason for attending an event in New York on Wednesday to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery was to apologise for "the role Wales and Northern Ireland played in the slave trade". "We acknowledge that. We take responsibility for it and we now are going to try and at least say that that historical legacy must be recognised and we...
  • 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...
  • Bomb threat empties N. Ireland Assembly

    11/25/2006 3:41:28 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 9 replies · 509+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | November 24, 2006 | By SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Belfast's most infamous militant stormed into the Northern Ireland Assembly headquarters Friday with a bagful of pipe bombs, forcing an evacuation that overshadowed the politicians' failure to meet a deadline for forming a new Catholic-Protestant administration. Two security guards trapped Michael Stone — an icon of Protestant extremism because of his grenade-and-gun attack on an Irish Republican Army funeral in 1988 — halfway inside the brass revolving door of Stormont Parliamentary Building. Stone, a long-feared figure who boasts of his desire to kill Sinn Fein leaders, repeatedly screamed "No surrender!" as one guard twisted Stone's arm...
  • Al-Qaeda's airport bomb plot ~ this one for Ireland....

    11/20/2006 12:07:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 1,398+ views
    The Observer ^ | Sunday November 19, 2006 | Henry McDonald, Ireland editor
    An Islamist explosives expert now in a Northern Ireland prison conducted dummy runs for terror attacks at Dublin and Knock ************************************ A convicted al-Qaeda bomb-maker serving a jail sentence in Northern Ireland carried out dummy runs for a potential terrorist plot at Dublin and Knock airports, The Observer can reveal.Last Tuesday the expelled Islamist cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed was seen exhorting young British Muslims in an online broadcast from Beirut to target Dublin because he incorrectly believed US troops used the airport as a transit centre on the way to Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it has emerged that key al-Qaeda...
  • Al-Qaida suspect jailed in Belfast

    12/20/2005 7:37:15 PM PST · by ncountylee · 14 replies · 391+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 20, 2005
    An Algerian with suspected links to al-Qaida was today jailed for six years for downloading instructions on how to blow up an aircraft with a bomb. The 27-year-old man, sentenced at Belfast crown court, was found guilty of possessing and collecting information connected with terrorism. Authorities have admitted they are unsure exactly who he is. During his six-week trial, he appeared in court under the name Abbas Boutrab. He has used at least seven aliases since his first known arrest for stealing a bag in Paris 13 years ago. Detectives in Northern Ireland, the British security services and the FBI...
  • 'Doris Day' hard man gunned down outside home [Irish Protestant militant]

    10/04/2005 6:41:32 PM PDT · by aculeus · 16 replies · 559+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | October 5, 2005 | AP
    The body of former high-profile Protestant militant, Jim Gray, lies beneath a shroud on a street in East Belfast. One of Northern Ireland's most high-profile Protestant militants - nicknamed Doris Day - has been shot dead outside his home, police say. Two gunmen fired several shots at Jim Gray last night after he answered his door in Protestant east Belfast, his longtime power base. Detectives covered his body with a white sheet as they combed the yard outside his home for forensic evidence. No group claimed responsibility for his assassination. Gray, 43, had been free on bail while awaiting trial...
  • Armed extremists 'were shooting to kill' (N. Ireland)

    09/11/2005 10:15:00 PM PDT · by kingu · 35 replies · 980+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 9/12/2005 | GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN
    HUNDREDS of rioters returned to the streets of Belfast last night, hijacking cars, blocking roads and attacking police lines with petrol bombs, bottles and stones. A blast bomb was thrown at a police station in West Belfast, but nobody was injured in that explosion. As attacks at the New Barnsley police station grew worse, a car and van were crashed into the gates. Wheelie bins and gas cylinders were also set alight. Elsewhere, ten people were arrested and police fired baton rounds after being targeted. One officer was injured. The renewed violence came after the chief constable of Northern Ireland...
  • Northern Ireland Parades Commission gives Green Light for “Gay Pride” Event

    08/03/2005 5:42:44 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 353+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4 August 2005
    BELFAST, August (LifeSiteNews.com) – After a concerted effort by Christian and pro-family groups to put a stop to Belfast’s annual “Gay Pride” event, on Thursday the Northern Ireland Parades Commission gave the homosexual group the go-ahead to hold the event. The Northern Ireland Police Service requested that the Parades Commission – originally set up to decide on whether parades held by warring Catholics and Protestants be allowed to proceed – rule on the matter, after receiving complaints about the lewd nature of the parade from concerned Christian groups. A Christian coalition, Stop the Parade Coalition, originally complained that the event...
  • WSJ: The IRA's Calculations-It will take months to verify if the IRA ceased terrorism and crime.

    08/01/2005 5:08:13 AM PDT · by OESY · 11 replies · 443+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 1, 2005 | Editorial
    The Irish Republican Army announced last week an end to its 35-year terrorist campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland. If the group can be believed, a conflict that took 3,600 lives, over half of them killed by the IRA, is over.... Why the IRA's apparent change of heart? According to a communique issued last week, the IRA believes "there is now an alternative way" to achieve its goal of a united Ireland, which is "to assist the development of purely political and democratic programs through exclusively peaceful means." This rings hollow. The IRA is already politically well-represented through Sinn...
  • Catholics Lash Out at Parade in Belfast

    06/19/2005 4:17:10 AM PDT · by Panerai · 25 replies · 732+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 19, 2005
    Roman Catholic protesters assaulted police and Protestant marchers in a polarized part of Belfast, and nearly 30 people were injured, police in Northern Ireland said Saturday. The violence flared Friday night as a parade by the Orange Order, a Protestant fraternity, passed a hostile crowd on the edge of the Ardoyne district, a traditionally Catholic enclave. Hundreds of police in riot gear tried to keep the two sides apart, but Catholic men and youths spent more than an hour hurling bottles, bricks and at least 10 Molotov cocktails at the police lines. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said 18...
  • ZOT! U.S.: IRA must disband now

    03/09/2005 6:05:20 AM PST · by Rogers324 · 237 replies · 4,699+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, March 9, 2005
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (Reuters) -- The United States has demanded that the IRA disband after the guerrilla group's astonishing offer to shoot the killers of a murdered Northern Ireland Catholic man. "It's time for the IRA to go out of business," U.S. special envoy Mitchell Reiss said Wednesday. For the IRA's political ally Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland's biggest Irish nationalist party, the U.S. demand was yet another blow to its democratic credentials. Reiss told BBC radio: "It's time for Sinn Fein to be able to say explicitly, without ambiguity, without ambivalence, that criminality will not be tolerated. "You can't sign...
  • IRA Expels Three Belfast Members

    02/26/2005 1:11:25 AM PST · by r5boston · 8 replies · 354+ views
    AP ^ | 02/25/2005 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland - The Irish Republican Army (news - web sites) said Friday night it expelled three members implicated in the knife slaying of a Belfast man, a killing that has focused Catholic anger against the outlawed group. In a lengthy statement, the IRA said it was doing everything it could to ensure that the killers of Robert McCartney, 33, were brought to justice. The underground organization emphasized it would not tolerate any attempts to intimidate witnesses to the Jan. 30 attack on McCartney and his friend Brendan Devine, who had his throat and stomach slashed but survived. The...