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  • (N)ew Presbyterian Church Moderator sparks row by telling gay people to stop having sex (N. Ireland)

    02/07/2014 12:00:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 06 February 2014 | Rebecca Black
    The new leader of the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland has angered the gay community just a day after his election by saying they should stay celibate. Rev. Dr. Michael Barry (63) takes charge of the Presbyterian Church in June following his election as Moderator earlier on Tuesday. […] “We welcome all people into the Church, but we would have a problem with those who are involved in a gay relationship because we believe the Bible teaches that is against the word of God,” he said. “We would encourage people who are gay to live a celibate life.” …
  • Liam Adams jailed for raping and abusing daughter

    11/27/2013 10:12:45 AM PST · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27th November 2013 | BBC News
    'Liam Adams, a brother of Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams, has been jailed for 16 years for raping and abusing his daughter. Adams' sentence is subject to an automatic 50% remission. Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive, Belfast, was convicted of 10 offences in October, including rape and gross indecency, against his daughter, Áine, who waived her right to anonymity. She welcomed the sentence but said it was "still much too little, too late".'
  • We know things that could undermine Northern Ireland peace process, say retired police officers

    11/19/2013 6:37:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 19 November 2013 | Liam Clarke
    Retired police officers have warned they could be forced to reveal information which would undermine the peace process during any truth commission into Northern Ireland’s past. The warning from The Northern Ireland Retired Police Officers’ Association (NIRPOA) came in a 64-page submission to the Haass Commission for dealing with the past. The submission makes it clear that the body represents officers who have been involved in what was known as the “shoot to kill” policy, a term they reject, and it is also known to represent many retired Special Branch officers. …
  • Minister defends adoption stance (vs. gay adoption—Northern Ireland)

    11/13/2013 8:27:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 12 November 2013
    Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has insisted his controversial opposition to gay adoption is entirely natural. Man and woman should raise children, the senior Democratic Unionist said. The minister has tried to challenge an appeal court’s decision that paved the way for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children in the region. That bid was thrown out by the UK’s highest court, the Supreme Court. …
  • 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 Ł5 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...
  • Maze: EU withdraws Ł18 million funding for peace center on ex-prison site (Northern Ireland)

    10/04/2013 9:03:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 04 October 2013
    An Ł18 million ($29 million) EU offer to fund the building of a peace and reconciliation center at the former Maze prison site has been withdrawn. The Democratic Unionists earlier halted plans to build the facility at the Maze, near Lisburn, as relations with their power-sharing partners Sinn Féin deteriorate. Republicans have warned of a crisis facing the devolved administration after a summer of violence on the streets. The European Union had offered the money, but after talks with the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, the body responsible for allocating the finance said it had decided...
  • Liam Adams - Brother of Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams - Found Guilty of Raping His Daughter

    10/02/2013 11:29:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 01 OCTOBER 2013
    Liam Adams - the younger brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams - has been found guilty of a string of child sex abuse charges. Liam Dominic Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive in west Belfast, was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter, Aine, over a six-year period between 1977 and 1983 when she was aged between four and nine. Bespectacled Adams, who was wearing a grey suit, cream shirt and blue tie, showed no emotion as the guilty verdicts were returned. Remanding him in custody Judge Corinne Philpott said: "Take him down." The jury of nine men and...
  • Catholic League’s Donohue defends Obama

    06/22/2013 2:25:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    NCR ^ | Jun. 21, 2013 | Heidi Schlumpf
    Wow, stop the presses. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League has issued a statement reprimanding conservatives who have taken out of context President Obama’s comments about Catholic schools in a recent speech in Ireland:(T)he reaction on the part of conservatives, many of whom are Catholic, over (Obama’s) speech in Ireland, is simply insane. Never did Obama say he wants “an end to Catholic education.” Indeed, he never said anything critical about the nature of Catholic schools. It makes me wonder: Have any of his critics bothered to actually read his speech? …
  • Obama blames Northern Ireland tensions on Catholic schools

    06/20/2013 2:46:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 20, 2013 | HILARY WHITE
    BELFAST June 20, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama is under fire this week after a speech he gave in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in which he labeled Catholic education “divisive" and likened them to segregated schools in the Deep South. Obama’s comments have not only angered Catholics in Northern Ireland, but have put him at odds with the Vatican’s highest authorities in what remains an extremely complex and sensitive internal political dispute. In comments that the Scottish Catholic Observer called “alarming” and “unfounded,” Obama implied that tensions between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland would be eliminated if there were...
  • Obama: religious schools block lasting peace in Northern Ireland

    06/19/2013 12:47:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    US President Barack Obama has argued that parochial schools are an impediment to the establishment of a lasting peace in Northern Ireland. Speaking to a crowd in Belfast, during a trip to Northern Ireland for a G8 summit meeting, Obama said that “segregated schools” block the path to full reconciliation. “If towns remain divided, if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can't see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division, it discourages cooperation," he said. …
  • Obama assassination bid fears - aircraft carriers on standby off Irish coast during G8 summit

    06/17/2013 2:18:45 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 125 replies
    June 17, 2013 Obama assassination bid fears - aircraft carriers on standby off Irish coast during G8 summit @Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 17th June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye --- Culture Minister Carl N Chuiln and Minister for Education, John O'Dowd MLA waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh. ..It is understood that a contingency plan is in place for the unlikely event that an attempt would be made on the President’s life. The Secret Service also have diplomatic immunity...
  • UK’s Cameron rallies world leaders to N.Ireland

    06/16/2013 11:57:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2013 2:25 AM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders gathering Monday for the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland should reach speedy agreement on trade and tax reforms, and draw inspiration from the host country’s ability to resolve its own stubborn conflict. … Referring to Northern Ireland’s ability to leave behind a four-decade conflict that claimed 3,700 lives, he said leaders of the Group of Eight wealthy nations should be inspired by the setting—the lush lakelands of County Fermanagh—to deliver their own economic breakthrough. … Obama, seizing on that theme, was beginning his trip in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast, where he’s...
  • 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...
  • Bid to legalize same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland fails

    04/30/2013 10:03:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 30 April 2013
    A bid to legalize same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has failed. Unionists voted down a motion at Stormont’s Assembly which called on the power-sharing ministerial Executive to legislate. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK without marriage rights for gay couples. The issue sparked impassioned debate, with protests outside the legislature and verbal clashes between campaigners in favor of or opposed to the change. Amnesty International has warned of a likely legal challenge. … Church leaders had urged Assembly members to vote against the legislation, with the Catholic church asserting marriage was between a man and a woman....
  • 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...
  • MP says Bloody Sunday murder inquiry is “misguided” (Northern Ireland)

    12/22/2012 3:41:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2012 | Last updated at 05:10 ET
    A Conservative MP who served as a soldier in Northern Ireland has questioned the need for prosecutions in the Bloody Sunday killings. On Thursday, it was revealed that a team of 15 detectives will head up a murder investigation into the 1972 shootings. They will be led by a senior investigating officer who will be based in Londonderry. Patrick Mercer said he is “confused” by this latest development and does not know what prosecutions will achieve. …
  • 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. …
  • Presbyterian Church minister defends anti-gay protest at Belfast Pride

    08/01/2011 10:38:45 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Pink Paper ^ | 2 August 2011 | Jamie Fisher
    A Free Presbyterian Church minister who sparked protest at Belfast Pride on Saturday has defended his actions, calling the parade “a very unpleasant experience”. Rev David McIlveen, of Sandown Free Presbyterian Church, amassed a crowd of protesters at the corner of Waring Street and North Street on the parade route. He criticized the Pride event claiming: “I certainly do not see it as an asset to Belfast in any way. It is something that is grieving to a good number of people”. The Irish Times report that McIlveen, who organizes an annual anti-Pride protest, did not see his actions as...
  • Policeman killed in Omagh car bomb attack (Northern Ireland)

    04/02/2011 10:25:45 AM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | April 2, 2011 | Unknown
    A 25-year-old police officer has been killed after a bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, County Tyrone.The device exploded under the vehicle outside his home in Highfield Close, off the Gortin Road, just before 1600 BST on Saturday. He is the second policeman to be killed since PSNI was formed out of the RUC. Since 2007, dissident republicans have planted dozens of booby-trap bombs under the private cars of police officers. The bombs have failed to detonate, but two policemen lost their legs in attacks in May 2008 and January 2010.
  • 54,000 too long on NHS waiting list

    03/03/2011 6:23:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    More than 54,000 people in Northern Ireland were waiting more than nine weeks for their first outpatient appointment, it has been revealed. The total number of people waiting for a first outpatient appointment at the end of December was 124,589. This represented a decrease of 4,246 on the number waiting at the end of September 2010 and an increase of 42,019 on the number waiting at the same time last year. At the end of December, there were 54,472 patients waiting more than nine weeks for a first outpatient appointment, of whom 37,655 were waiting more than 13 weeks. Mr...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Northern Ireland In Uproar Over Lawmaker's Secret Affair With Teen

    01/10/2010 1:47:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 1,060+ views
    LATimes ^ | January 10th 2010 | Henry Chu
    Northern Ireland In Uproar Over Lawmaker's Secret Affair With Teen Iris Robinson, [Pic in URL] family-values advocate and wife of First Minister Peter Robinson, not only carried on a sexual liaison with a 19-year-old but also allegedly helped funnel money his way. By Henry Chu January 10, 2010 Reporting from London - The threat of renewed sectarian violence is at its highest in years. But it's a seamy affair between Northern Ireland's most famous female politician and a man nearly 40 years her junior that has put the province's fragile peace pact between Roman Catholics and Protestants in danger of...
  • Mrs. Robinson's affair with teen rocks N Ireland

    01/09/2010 9:06:10 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 43 replies · 2,259+ views
    Time ^ | January 6, 2010 | David Morgan
    A political scandal riveting Northern Ireland has a certain cinematic feel: an affair by 58-year-old woman named Mrs. Robinson with a 19-year-old male lover. Five separate Facebook groups with hundreds of followers have sprung up, lampooning the affair and comparing it to the 1967 film, "The Graduate." But there is a serious side to the story of Iris Robinson, who also happens to be a member of Parliament and the wife of Peter Robinson — Northern Ireland's government leader. The BBC reported that Iris Robinson allegedly solicited 50,000 pounds ($80,000) from businessmen so her young lover could open a restaurant...
  • Mrs (Iris) Robinson spoof (FULL VERSION)

    01/09/2010 10:44:52 PM PST · by tlb · 7 replies · 876+ views
    youtube ^ | January 08, 2010 | nidaleks
    Full version parody of Simon and Garfunkel's famous tune. Based on recent events in Northern Ireland
  • Disgraced wife of N Ireland leader to step down.(The Graduate alert)

    01/09/2010 5:54:04 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 15 replies · 990+ views
    AP ^ | Sat Jan 9 | AP
    LONDON – The wife of Northern Ireland's leader will step down as a lawmaker within days, British media reported Saturday, as pressure mounted on Peter Robinson's shaky coalition government over her admissions of an affair with a far-younger man. Iris Robinson was 58 at the time, and the man, Kirk McCambley, was 19.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Northern Ireland's Own Sex Scandal (First Minister's Wife Cuckolded Him...)

    01/08/2010 9:04:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 2,219+ views
    Time ^ | Friday, Jan. 08, 2010 | Bryan Coll
    The Lock Keeper's Inn outside Belfast is an attractive but otherwise unremarkable café. Serving up the usual Northern Irish fare of sausage rolls and stew, it's a place to stop for a quiet coffee after walking along the nearby riverbank. A world away, it would seem, from the bitter feuds of Northern Irish politics. But following a series of remarkable revelations this week, the inn is at the center of a scandal that could threaten the career of Northern Ireland's top politician. On Thursday, a BBC television program called Spotlight issued a report accusing First Minister Peter Robinson's wife Iris...
  • EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for 'abnormal behaviour'

    09/22/2009 7:13:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 23 replies · 1,368+ views
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | Published: 9:08PM BST 19 Sep 2009 | Ian Johnston
    "EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for "abnormal behaviour" The European Union is spending millions of pounds developing "Orwellian" technologies designed to scour the internet and CCTV images for "abnormal behaviour"." SNIPPET: "A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as "agents" to monitor and process information from web sites, discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers. Its main objectives include the "automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or violence"." SNIPPET: "Project Indect, which received nearly Ł10 million in funding from the European Union, involves the Police...
  • IRA sympathiser Ted Kennedy was no friend of Britain

    08/26/2009 2:46:48 PM PDT · by Briton · 2 replies · 460+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 26th, 2009 | Ed West
    It says much about humanity’s basic urge to be ruled by dynasties that Teddy Kennedy came anywhere near being elected president in 1980. Whatever his other qualities, his behaviour at Chappaquiddick eleven years earlier, where he might have been able to save Mary Jo Kopechne’s life but instead chose to save his own career by waiting until his blood/alcohol level reached a legal level, would have ruled out anyone else from becoming local rat catcher, let alone leader of the greatest nation on earth.But after the murder of his brothers John and Bobby, Teddy became America’s atheling – until the...
  • Former IRA militant deported to Ireland

    08/22/2009 1:45:28 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 588+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: August 21, 2009 Former IRA militant deported to Ireland Pol Brennan was convicted of transporting firearms and explosives for the Irish Republican Army HARLINGEN, Texas - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported a former Irish Republican Army (IRA) militant and convicted criminal to Ireland on Friday. Pol Brennan, 56, was deported following a series of criminal convictions in the United Kingdom and the United States. Brennan's case received full review and consideration by the immigration court system. On order of the Immigration Judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals, Brennan was detained...
  • Accused Cuba spy 'sought to be US envoy to Northern Ireland'

    06/14/2009 9:23:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 478+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | June 10, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Kendall Myers, 72, who appeared in federal court in Washington on Wednesday charged with spying for Havana for nearly 30 years, had a fascination with Northern Ireland. The Daily Telegraph has established that as well as seeking the envoy's post, which carried the rank of ambassador, Mr Myers travelled to the British Isles and met British and Irish officials, senior Northern Ireland politicians and intelligence officers. .... "Anything this guy could have found from his European responsibilities he might have funnelled to the Cubans for them to sell off," said John Bolton, a former top State Department official in the...
  • Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba...

    06/05/2009 4:00:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,260+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba for Nearly 30 Years Couple Allegedly Conspired to Provide Classified Information to Cuban Government A former State Department official and his wife have been arrested on charges of serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government for nearly 30 years and conspiring to provide classified U.S. information to the Cuban government. The arrests were announced today by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Channing D. Phillips, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Joseph Persichini, Jr.,...
  • Farmer's son unearths medieval ring

    06/03/2009 10:17:01 AM PDT · by BGHater · 41 replies · 1,233+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 03 June 2009 | Belfast Telegraph
    A medieval silver ring dating back more than 800 years has been unearthed on a farm in Northern Ireland. The 12th century artefact was found by 17-year-old Conor Sandford as he was putting up a fence post at the edge of one of his father's fields near the village of Kilmore, Co Armagh. The teenager told a treasure trove hearing in Belfast today he initially thought the engraved finger ring was a ring pull from an old fizzy drink can. "Only when I was putting the soil back into the hole did I notice this wee thing sticking out," he...
  • 3,000 year-old bracelet found in Tyrone field[Northern Ireland]

    04/20/2009 10:14:52 AM PDT · by BGHater · 21 replies · 1,037+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 16 Apr 2009 | Belfast Telegraph
    A County Tyrone family could be in line for a reward after finding a rare Bronze Age gold bracelet on their land. Farmer Gary Sproule accidentally unearthed the precious artefact while ploughing over a field at Castlegore near Castlederg last April. The intricate item is believed to date from almost 1,000 years before the birth of Christ. An inquest was held yesterday in Belfast at which the item, which would have belonged to an important warrior or priest, was officially classified as treasure. Under the law, a ‘treasure trove’ inquest must be held by the coroner to determine the significance...
  • Republican Bomb Plot Feared In N Ireland (Breaking News)

    03/12/2009 3:16:17 AM PDT · by Briton · 18 replies · 973+ views
    Sky News ^ | 12 March 2009
    Security sources in Northern Ireland fear the next attack by Republican dissidents is likely to involve a bomb, Sky News has confirmed. It follows reports that the Real IRA has smuggled a large device into the province from the South. Sky's Home Affairs correspondent Mark White says the focus of investigations is now on a 300lb car bomb left at Castelwellen at the end of January. That bomb was diffused after a warning call was received. It caused a security alert outside the town for five days. Security sources suggest that whoever put the "sophisticated" device together was an experienced...
  • Police Officer Shot Dead In Northern Ireland

    03/09/2009 8:24:56 PM PDT · by RDTF · 217+ views
    The officer was killed after being called out to the predominantly Catholic area of Lismore Manor in Craigavon, County Armagh. A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: "We can now confirm that one police officer has died following a shooting incident that occurred shortly before 9pm in the Lismore Manor area of Craigavon." The attack is reported to have happened as the officer and a colleague were sitting in a car. The officer was pronounced dead in a nearby hospital, the PSNI added. The shooting comes two days after Real IRA dissidents shot and killed two...
  • Policeman shot dead in Northern Ireland as province teeters on the brink

    03/09/2009 6:38:46 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 28 replies · 835+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10th March 2009 | Sam Greenhill and Sophie Borland
    A policeman was murdered in Northern Ireland last night days after two British soldiers were killed by republicans. The unnamed officer was shot dead in a patrol car in the Lismore Manor area of Craigavon, Co Armagh, 30 miles away from Belfast. Some reports suggest the policeman was shot in the head. The incident, which happened less than 48 hours after two British soldiers were shot dead by the Real IRA, has fuelled concerns that sectarianism has returned to Northern Ireland. Last night a leading Northern Ireland politician warned that 'we were staring into the abyss'.
  • Breaking: Police officer shot dead in Ulster attack

    03/09/2009 6:03:41 PM PDT · by balls · 5 replies · 449+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | Tuesday March 10, 2009 | Paul Mcerlane
    The attack took place while the officer was investigating suspicious activity David Sharrock, Ireland Correspondent A police officer died tonight after being shot in an attack in Northern Ireland, the third member of the security forces to die in the last 48 hours. It marked a dangerous and sudden escalation in violence in the province which threatened to draw a counter-reaction from loyalist paramilitaries. “We are tonight staring into the abyss,” said Dolores Kelly, a member of the nationalist SDLP who sits on the province’s policing board. “I would appeal to people to pull back. “I certainly would want to...
  • Policeman killed in Northern Ireland shooting(Real IRA suspected)

    03/09/2009 5:31:08 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 25 replies · 692+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10th March 2009 | BBC News
    A police officer has died following a shooting incident in Craigavon, County Armagh. The incident is understood to have happened near Lismore Manor in the Brownlow area as police investigated reports of suspicious activity. The attack follows the weekend murder of two soldiers outside an Army base in Antrim. The Real IRA said they were responsible for that shooting. Politicians have condemned the latest killing of a security force member. DUP assembly member David Simpson described the attack as an "outrage" and said those behind it were "vermin". "What we have seen over the last 36 hours is a deliberate...
  • Environment Minister Sammy Wilson bans adverts warning of the effects of climate change

    02/12/2009 7:59:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 826+ views
    belfasttelegraph.co.uk ^ | 9 February 2009 | Noel McAdam
    Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has banned government television adverts in Northern Ireland warning of the effects of climate change, it emerged today. The DUP man said he was not prepared to allow “insidious New Labour propaganda” about the impact of climate change which would have been screened on UTV. “It was the sheer arrogance of them saying ‘we are doing this’ and yet they have had no consultation with my Department whatsoever. This is a devolved responsibility so they were also wrong constitutionally,” he said. Mr Wilson said the adverts attempted to tell people that simple measures like changing their...
  • 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.
  • (Irish) Environment minister Sammy Wilson: I still think man-made climate change is a con

    12/31/2008 9:37:39 AM PST · by Entrepreneur · 4 replies · 595+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | Wednesday, 31 December 2008
    Spending billions on trying to reduce carbon emissions is one giant con that is depriving third world countries of vital funds to tackle famine, HIV and other diseases, Sammy Wilson said. The DUP minister has been heavily criticised by environmentalists for claiming that ongoing climatic shifts are down to nature and not mankind. But while acknowledging his views on global warming may not be popular, the East Antrim MP said he was not prepared to be bullied by eco fundamentalists. “I’ll not be stopped saying what I believe needs to be said about climate change,” he said. "Most of the...
  • 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....
  • Beijing Olympics: Flags showing Cross of St George, Saltire or Welsh dragon banned

    08/06/2008 3:26:57 PM PDT · by Stoat · 38 replies · 762+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 6, 2008 | Gordon Rayner,
    Draconian rules imposed by the Chinese authorities mean that flags of any non-competing nation are likely to be confiscated from fans, who could be barred from venues if they refuse to comply. Athletes could even be disqualified from competing if they break the rules. Because Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland are not individually represented at the games, only the Union Flag of Great Britain will be allowed inside the stadiums. The regulation is widely believed to be aimed at preventing supporters of an independent Tibet from making political statements by waving its flag, but it will be enforced...
  • Talking to Terrorists: Misconceptions from N. Ireland

    07/17/2008 2:12:50 AM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 95+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public affairs ^ | july 18, 2008 | John Bew and Martyn Frampton
    It has become fashionable to look to the lessons of the peace process in Northern Ireland as holding insights for other areas of conflict in the world. However, this has been done in an uncritical way, often more focused on contemporary agendas than on the core realities unique to the region, which do not necessarily translate elsewhere.
  • 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...
  • Complaint over MP's gay comments

    06/09/2008 5:37:05 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 13 replies · 182+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6/9/08 | BBC
    A complaint has been made to police about comments made by a Northern Ireland DUP MP about gay people. Iris Robinson, the chair of the Stormont health committee, called homosexuality an "abomination" and urged gay people to seek counseling. John O'Doherty, a member of the South Belfast District Policing Partnership, said he has complained to police. "People like Mrs. Robinson need to learn that their comments have consequences," he said. This is the second complaint in relation to the Strangford MP's remarks. Mrs Robinson made her comments on BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan Show on Friday. She said she would defend...
  • '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...