Recent Unrest, Sectarianism,
Paramilitary Activity and Developments in the Peace Process
Return to main page
Developments March 2009 - December 2010
Developments in 2012
Developments in 2013
Developments in 2014
Developments in 2015
Developments in 2016
Developments in 2017
||September 2011||October 2011||November 2011|
|December 2011||January 2012|
Real IRA released a statement in which it said
'in the year to come, the leadership of Óglaigh
na hÉireann will strive to expand the theatre of our
operations in line
with our strategy. We will continue to target institutions and
personnel in the military, political, policing, justice and commercial
and economic fields.' The 32CSM described
2010 as 'a year which laid bare the harsh realities of our struggle'.
man was kidnapped and assaulted
with bats and sticks in Craigavon during the early hours of the
morning. At one a.m., a house in Lisburn had been attacked with petrol
The Irish Independent reported that gardaí expected more conflict between the Real IRA and Dublin drug gangs in the new year.
New Year statement by all mainstream parties in Derry (SDLP, Sinn
Féin, UUP and DUP) was published.
The statement asked still-active republican paramilitaries to 'put away
your weapons and join with us in making this a better city for all'.
that loyalist paramilitaries had threatened a teenager with violence
unless he paid them the drug debt of a friend who had committed
suicide. It was not confirmed whether the men were genuine
paramilitaries or criminals using the name of a paramilitary group.
of the M1 motorway was closed during a security
alert. Police carried out controlled explosions on a vehicle.
A 43-year-old man was arrested in Maghera in connection with republican paramilitary activity.
was thrown at a car in Garvagh during the night, and the house
belonging to a couple in a mixed marriage was also targetted. Police
believed the motive behind both attacks was anti-Catholic sectarianism.
that bullets had been sent in the post from Northern Ireland to Celtic
manager Neill Lennon and player Niall McGinn. Lennon had been the
subject of paramilitary death threats before.
A security alert occurred outside a primary school in Ahoghill. It was later confirmed that pipe bombs had been found.
An alert in Portstewart was declared a hoax.
men were arrested
in west Belfast, reportedly in connection with recent republican
equipment was said to have been found.
The four RIRA men found liable for the 1998 Omagh bomb challenged the verdict in court.
man was charged
over the Strand Road bombing in August
2010. Another man who threw a petrol bomb during the
Apprentice Boys' parade was jailed
for twelve months.
It was reported that a father was suing the PSNI for assisting his wife's new parter, a loyalist paramilitary under threat of death from the UVF, to take his young son out of the country.
Bullets sent to Celtic player Paddy McCourt were intercepted in a sorting office in Glasgow.
were found at a 'bomb factory' in County Kildare
A 17-year-old arrested as part of an inquiry into republican paramilitary activity was released without charge.
51-year-old man, Seamus Victory, appeared in a Dublin court accused
of the unlawful possession of explosives.
Three men were arrested in Lurgan in connection with republican paramilitary activity.
Orange Hall near Aughnacloy was attacked,
one of three Orange Halls in Tyrone to be vandalised over the weekend.
alert in Antrim forced a number of people to leave their
bomb exploded in Derry city centre in the early hours of the
morning. It was believed
to be connected to Derry's award as the UK City of Culture.
A Facebook page attacking the Celtic manager Neil Lennon was condemned as sectarian.
Murphy from Dundalk was sentenced
to eleven years by a Dublin court for conspiracy to bomb the
Crossmaglen police station in April
man was arrested
in south Armagh following an investigation into republican paramilitary
A security alert at the Royal Mail sorting office in Belfast was declared a false alarm.
A 46-year-old man who had been held over two security alerts in north Antrim was released without charge.
Police were called to the York road area of north Belfast after a fight between a UDA leader and a friend of Andre Shoukri. The Belfast Telegraph reported that extra police might be drafted in over the weekend to deal with tensions.
bomb was found in Belfast's Malone Road area.
Republic's opposition leader Enda Kenny told
Alliance Party that he would do his best to combat republicans
opposed to the peace process. He said that attacks had risen
by 70% in the last year. 'It is an indication of their
determination to undermine the current peace process. The
Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) has repeatedly stated that
these groups are actually recruiting and training young men in
particular without any previous terrorist experience and are engaging
in serious criminal activity like weapons acquisition.'
Petrol bombs were thrown at flats in north Belfast.
Shots were fired at a house in Bangor.
parade took place in Lurgan despite warnings from police.
In Strabane, a man discovered a pipe bomb on the windscreen of his car. He later said it could have killed his two young sons.
explosions were carried out on a device in north Belfast. Up
to one hundred families had earlier been evacuated from their homes.
Justice Minister David Ford warned there would be 'extremely serious consequences' if the police were not given more than £200m emergency funding to combat republicans opposed to the peace process.
Two houses were attacked by gunmen in Dungiven.
Two people were arrested over the murder of republican Kieran Doherty, including his aunt. Both were soon released without charge, and the aunt said she had no idea why she had been arrested.
that a bomb found outside a Belfast shop the previous day had been
intended to kill police officers attending a call three nights
hÉireann were said to have phoned in warnings.
A pipe bomb was found in Carnlough. A loyalist group later claimed it.
was made safe in north Belfast. Chief Constable Matt Baggott said that
those responsible 'had the same recklessness and the same mindset as
those that brought about the Omagh tragedy'. It later emerged that the second
bomb had been found attached to a child's bike.
It was reported that an Indian family had been forced out of their home in Derry after racist abuse.
Three people were held after an arms find in Galway. A woman was subsequently released while the two men were charged three days later.
was found in Ballycare. It was believed
to have been an attempt by loyalists to intimidate Catholics who might
have moved into the area.
A security alert that had led to houses and businesses being evacuated in north Belfast was declared a hoax. Meanwhile in Garvagh, a security alert was ended after police found 'nothing untoward'.
Youths allegedly set up an illegal checkpoint in County Down. It was initially believed to have been set up by republican paramilitaries.
a number of suspicious objects in Lurgan. Rioters attacked
the police with petrol bombs, paint bombs and fireworks. The alert was
declared a hoax.
The Belfast Telegraph reported more details on the attempted Óglaigh na hÉireann attack earlier in the week. It was claimed that the bombers had set up their initial bomb on Sunday 23rd and police had stood close by it, but the attack was aborted after a woman approached them. Óglaigh na hÉireann then disarmed the device. The PSNI received several 'vague' phone warnings and turned to a go-between with Óglaigh na hÉireann to help them discover the device. Although the location was revealed, Óglaigh na hÉireann did not inform police of a second explosive in the area. The second bomb, a trip-wire device, had been intended to catch pursuers if the first explosive had detonated.
Masked men shot a teenager in the leg in a paramilitary-style attack that took place in north Belfast.
of people attended
what had been controversially
declared to be the final Bloody Sunday march. On the same day it was
reported that Dr Raymond McClean, who had treated the wounded on Bloody
Sunday, had died.
Officers were attacked while attending a fire in Larne.
|31st||A 45-year-old man was shot in the legs in west Belfast.|
were found and three people were arrested during an investigation
into republican paramilitary activity in Dublin.
west Belfast, a man was shot
in the ankles.
pipe bombs were found in north Belfast, one in the morning
and one in the afternoon.
A Catholic was targetted in what appeared to be a sectarian attack in Omagh.
Irish speaker Caomhín Mac Giolla Mhín was interrupted during a speech to Belfast City Council by members of the DUP. The Anderstown News reported that 'checking that we were actually in 2011 and not the 1980s when DUP councillors tried all manner of means – including blowing toy trumpets – to stop Sinn Féin councillors from speaking Irish in the chamber, Cllr Mac Giolla Mhín finished his speech on dual language signage'.
in Sion Mills after a call was received that a device had been left.
alert in Larne led to a 'crude device' being found.
The Observer reported that the security threat was at 'severe' level. David Ford of the Alliance Party said that the main active paramilitary groups had all improved their bomb-making capability over the previous year. He also said that the police had improved their detection rates against these groups, and that negotiation was difficult because 'those who are engaged in violent activities appear to have no political agenda'.
that the republican prisoner Christopher Donaldson, who had gone to
Strasbourg's Court of Human Rights over his right to wear the Easter
lily in Maghaberry Jail, had lost his case.
men were arrested
over the booby-trap bomb found attached to a child's bicycle at the end
of January. They would be released without charge next day.
men were arrested after a firearm
was found in a van in north Belfast by police investigating republican
attempted to abduct
a man in Strabane and a viable bomb
was found after a warning at a sorting office in Belfast.
The Guardian reported that Irish republicans would meet Kurdish and Basque separatists in a peace summit aimed at encouraging armed groups to adopt political dialogue.
man was arrested
and then released over a paramilitary-style shooting in Westrock Park
the week before. Also, two men who had been arrested on the 9th in
connection with a gun that had been found in a van were released
pending further inquiries. On the same day, the victim of a punishment
shooting won his legal
challenge over having his compensation cut for not
identifying his attacker.
suspicious object in west Belfast was declared a hoax.
The Belfast Telegraph reported that the Irish-American 'Friends of Irish Freedom' had accused republican Carl Reilly of stealing money intended for political prisoners. Republican fundraiser Cathleen O'Brien said she had been harassed in New York by two men claiming to be from Óglaigh na hÉireann.
bomb was found just after midnight in Magherafelt.
on a drug raid in Ballyclare were attacked
by youths who threw petrol bombs. Petrol
bombs were also thrown in Tullyally.
It was reported that the PSNI had been awarded an extra £200m to combat republican paramilitary activity.
man was detained
in Wexford after bomb-making parts were discovered. Another
man was detained in west Belfast.
Republican Gerry McGeough was found guilty of an attempt to murder Samuel Brush, now a DUP councillor, in 1981. The former IRA man commented 'what else could you expect from a Diplock court'.
United player Denver Gage was reported
to have been involved in singing sectarian songs.
It was reported that Óglaigh na hÉireann had denied threatening Seamus Finucane, elder brother of Patrick Finucane and former IRA man who is now involved in community work.
that UK police were targetting republican paramilitaries based in
The new Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan, promised to target still-active republican paramilitaries.
A report revealed the false information leaked by police after the McGurk bar bombing in 1971. The police chief Matt Baggott refused to condemn the actions of the RUC.
74-year-old man arrested
on suspicion of involvement in republican paramilitary activity was
released without charge.
The Belfast Telegraph quoted UDA Brigadier Jackie McDonald as saying he wanted to promote peace. It also reported that an amendment to the Justice Bill to define sectarian chants had failed.
40-year-old man was arrested
in north Belfast in connection with republican paramilitary activity.
A family including a toddler narrowly escaped injury when a pipe-bomb exploded near their car. It was unclear whether the bomb had been attached to the car or had been in the road. It was implied that republicans opposed to the peace process were responsible.
were fired at a house in Strabane. The woman who lived there with her
three-year-old son said
she had no idea why the house was targetted.
Robert James Clarke was jailed
for the sectarian killing of Alfredo Fusco in 1973.
A man was shot in the legs at a house in west Belfast.
In Lurgan, a man was arrested over a republican parade that had taken place on January 23rd in support of prisoner Martin Corey.
that IRA victims who had been seeking compensation from Libya's Gaddafi
were putting their campaign on hold.
Two men denied possessing a handgun and explosives that had allegedly been found in their car by police in November 2009.
were fired at police investigating an abandoned car in Derry. The
attack was blamed
on republican paramilitaries. On the 4th, it was reported that the RIRA
had claimed the shots, but had said that no civilians were in danger.
However, a witness from Derry, Liam Kelly, said
that five civilians (he and his family) had been in the firing line.
alert occurred in west Belfast after an abandoned cash box
Two men arrested in Lurgan over republican paramilitary activity were released.
31-year-old man was arrested
over the shots fired on police on March 2nd.
Pipe bombs, ammunition and fireworks were found in Portglenone forest.
Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris warned
about the security threat from republican paramilitaries. He
that 'we really have only escaped fatalities by the skin of our teeth.'
man was held
over the shooting on the 2nd.
A house in Claudy was shot at in the early hours of the morning. Priest Rev. Arthur O'Reilly condemned the attack.
A house in Donegal was fired upon by 'self-appointed vigilantes'.
A hoax device was left outside a social club in west Belfast.
It was alleged that the Continuity IRA might have been involved in the murder of drug dealer Hugh McGeough and his wife in Craigavon.
controlled explosion was carried out on an object taped to a lamp post
in north Belfast. It was later determined to have been a hoax.
Fireworks and a petrol bomb were thrown during trouble in east Belfast.
the early hours of the morning, a pipe
bomb was thrown into the flat of DUP councillor John Smyth Jr.
man was shot
in the legs in Strabane. Several children saw the man lying injured
after the attack.
appeared in court of a group of pensioners who had spent money gained
by republican paramilitaries in a tiger kidnapping the previous
November. Either the RIRA or Óglaigh
hÉireann carried out the original operation.
|15th||The Belfast Telegraph reported
hÉireann had threatened prison officers in a dispute over
strip-searching at Maghaberry. A senior ONH member was said
have commented that 'if ONH prisoners are harmed, I am led to believe
there are a number of prison officers whose details are known to ONH,
up to and including governor level'.
Darren Kernohan was found guilty of the April 2009 murder of Geoff Kerr. The killing had been blamed on a loyalist gang who had been believed to have been led by a British agent.
An alert at Wellington Park in south Belfast was called an 'elaborate hoax'.
Republican Bobby Tohill and three others were injured in a knife attack in west Belfast. A man appeared in court over the attack two days later.
that a Polish family would be leaving Ballymena after a sectarian
A court heard that a man who was being investigated for burglary was found to be keeping pipe bombs and bullets for paramilitaries because he had been pressured to do so.
Shortly before midnight, petrol bombs were thrown at a house in Coagh, County Tyrone.
men were injured in a paramilitary-style shooting
in west Belfast.
security alert in west Belfast was declared a hoax.
A viable device was found in the Shanlieve Park area of north Belfast.
occurred in the early hours of the morning outside Belfast's Odyssey
Hoax alerts occurred in west Belfast and Derry.
was reported that the PSNI's 50/50 Catholic/Protestant recruitment
policy would end
on March 28th. Since 1998, the number of Catholics in the PSNI had
risen from 8% to nearly 30%. Unionists welcomed the move while
Sinn Féin criticised
The Belfast Telegraph reported that children had been photographed posing as IRA members in a South Armagh community centre. The images had been taken six months previously.
A security alert in Lurgan was called an 'elaborate hoax'.
a delay in opening a cancer unit in Derry as 'sectarian'.
A 19-year-old found guilty of throwing a petrol bomb in July 2010 was given a suspended sentence.
boss Neil Lennon was the target
of another bomb hoax.
was found near a courthouse in Derry following a telephoned warning. A
number of people including pensioners and choirboys had to be evacuated
from the surrounding area.
Police in the Republic investigated a possible republican paramilitary link to the non-fatal shooting of three men in Dublin.
bomb was found in west Belfast following an alert.
It was reported that an ombudsman had ruled that a note found in the cell of a republican in Maghaberry during 2009 was planted by a prison officer. The note had led to the resignation of prisoner governor Steve Rodford.
Shots were heard in north Belfast. A nun claimed to have heard a man say 'that's it finished now'.
alert in north Belfast caused a mass evacuation. After a number of controlled
explosions had been carried out, it appeared that the alert
had been a hoax.
A man was arrested.
A grenade launcher was found in County Leitrim.
convicted Loyalist killer, Philip Blaney, was jailed
over a brawl at Mater Hospital.
Lord Carlile, who had investigated the shooting of Real IRA member Kieran Doherty in February 2010, said he believed there had been no 'misbehaviour or infraction by anybody connected directly or indirectly with the public service' - e.g. that MI5 had not been involved. Doherty's family were disappointed with the verdict.
man was arrested
over the murder
of Loyalist Bobby Moffett.
A suspicious object sparked an alert in Roslea.
It was reported that paramilitary watchdogs the Independent Monitoring Commission and the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning had been dissolved.
object found near the courthouse in Derry was declared a hoax.
In West Belfast, a bomb
scare ended without any device being found.
It was reported that Gerry McGeough had been given a reference by an anonymous member of the Northern Ireland Executive ahead of his sentencing. McGeough had been found guilty of the attempted murder of an off-duty UDR soldier.
Kerr, a young Catholic who had recently joined the PSNI, was killed
when a bomb exploded under his car. No group initially claimed the
bombing, although republicans opposed to the peace process were suspected
that according to 'senior security sources', 'republican dissidents
have perfected a new generation of weapons with which to launch a fresh
terrorist offensive... the threat from
the dissident republican terror groups has become more pronounced in
The PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott appealed for information on the killing of Ronan Kerr, calling republican paramilitaries opposed to the peace process 'a potent and dangerous minority'. The mother of Ronan Kerr paid tribute to her son. She urged Catholic members of the police not to be deterred, saying 'we don't want to go back into the dark days again of fear and terror.' Gerry Adams said that republicans were 'seething with anger' over the killing, while Martin McGuinness commented that '[the killers] are totally and absolutely out of step with where the vast majority of the people are at.'
bomb alerts in County Armagh were declared 'elaborate hoaxes', and
under attack from petrol bombers while investigating alerts
Secretary of State Owen Patterson addressed the House of Commons over the death of Ronan Kerr. He said 'these terrorists will not destablise the peace process'. Matt Baggott also met Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness. McGuinness stressed that he was standing 'rock solid together' with Robinson. The Irish Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, called the killing a 'barbaric atrocity'.
Gerry Adams rejected claims that his party was not doing enough to combat republicans opposed to the ceasefire.
A suspicious object was found beneath a vehicle outside a police station in north Belfast.
A 41-year-old man was arrested in Armagh in connection with republican paramilitary activity.
Sinn Féin councillor Peter Bateson drove a van away from a busy petrol station after being told that there was a suspected bomb strapped to it. The device was later revealed as a hoax.
A hoax alert caused houses to be evacuated in west Belfast.
Belfast Telegraph reported
the theory that a new group had been behind the killing of Ronan Kerr.
An anonymous republican source was quoted as saying that 'it's
interesting thus far that nobody has popped their head up to defend
what happened or explain what happened. I don't think they anticipated
the backlash.' On the same day, it was reported that social
sites and graffiti
had been seen in support of the killers of Ronan Kerr.
A man was arrested in west Belfast over paramilitary activity.
An Orange Hall in Newry was attacked.
The funeral of Ronan Kerr took place. Both Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness attended, in a show of unity. At least one thousand people attended a protest against Kerr's death. On the same day, a man was arrested in Scotland in connection with the killing. A cache of arms had been located in the previous night in Coalisland, described as 'the most significant find in recent years'.
Gerry McGeough was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment over the shooting of off-duty UDR man Sammy Brush in 1981.
It was reported that Libyan rebels had apologised for Gaddafi's support of the IRA.
a second man was arrested
over the killing of Ronan Kerr, a police
into the bomb found that it had lain undiscovered in the area for some
hours and had posed a danger to passers-by including marathon runners
and a child. The BBC quoted a young Catholic who said that Kerr's death
not deter him from joining the PSNI. Meanwhile the Orange
that it would take no action against two of its members who had
attended Kerr's funeral - attending a Catholic mass being prohibited by
the Order. It was also reported
that a member of the Orange Order, David Scott, had been given an award
by a Catholic school.
A man was shot in the leg in north Belfast.
A security alert began in Newry during the evening. A second alert occurred in Lurgan. Two bomb warnings had been received.
Newry alert was still
ongoing by evening. It was later confirmed that a bomb
had been present in the suspicious van. Nonetheless, people had been
removing police cones and driving directly past it.
Police continued to question the two men arrested over the killing of Ronan Kerr, and were given a further five days to hold them. A third man was arrested.
A police source suggested that republican paramilitaries were still targetting officers following the death of Ronan Kerr. The source said that 'there is nothing to suggest a lessening of operational tempo, there has been no diminution of activity.'
Three people were arrested in Dublin following a police investigation into republican paramilitaries and criminal gangs.
A 24-year-old woman admitted wasting police time with bomb hoaxes in Derry.
that the bomb left under a bridge on the Belfast - Dublin road near
Newry weighed 500 lb and 'could have caused carnage'. It was believed
that the bomb had been abandoned because of increased police activity
in the area, but had been on its way to a town. The Real
IRA were later linked to the bomb.
rally was held in Omagh to mark the killing of Ronan Kerr.
a 34-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in republican
paramilitary activity. He was subsequently released pending a report by
the Public Prosecution Service.
A petrol bomb was thrown at the Boys' Model School in north Belfast.
It was reported that Gerry Adams had offered himself or any member of his party as a mediator with republicans opposed to the peace process. He said that 'the objective must be to get those groups to stop their activities if they want to get involved in republican politics and there are peaceful and democratic ways in which they can be involved.'
man was arrested
in the Republic over the murder of the IRA informer Denis Donaldson.
A bomb alert occurred in Belfast city centre.
The Orange hall on Crumlin Road was damaged in a sectarian arson attack.
to question suspects in the Ronan Kerr case. Meanwhile the Dalai Lama,
who was visiting the Republic of Ireland, called the killing 'senseless.'
A suspicious object was found near a nursing home in Larne.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested over bomb hoaxes around Lurgan.
chief executive of the Police Ombudsman, Sam Pollock, resigned
from his job after accusing senior civil servants of 'meddling'. He
said that the body's independence had been undermined.
Matt Baggott said that he was optimistic that police were gaining the upper hand in the confrontation with republican paramilitaries.
A man was arrested over the Newry bypass bomb.
Two men entered a house in Derry and shot a 24-year-old male in the leg.
investigating republican paramilitary activity in Lurgan uncovered
pistols, a shotgun and ammunition.
It was confirmed that five pipe bombs had been found during alerts in Newry.
Two men were arrested for writing graffiti in support of the killing of Ronan Kerr. Meanwhile, police were given longer to question a 33-year-old man over the killing.
alert occurred at a church in Bangor.
hoaxer sparked an alert
in Newry by phoning a paper claiming there was a bomb in the town.
It was reported that increased security had been arranged at the courthouse in Derry.
Sinn Féin called for a referendum on Irish unity in their manifesto.
A suspect object discovered in the early morning in south Belfast caused a security alert. It was later determined that the bomb had been a trap for police officers who had been called to the scene by an emergency call about a woman in distress in the area. Police later said the bomb could have been triggered by a trip wire.
It was reported that during the last month, parcel bombs had been sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two others, Trish Godman MSP and Paul McBridge QC. According to the BBC, 'sources close to the investigation indicated they were rudimentary and did not appear to have been made by someone with paramilitary training in bomb-making.'
Two men who had been arrested over the death of Ronan Kerr, Brian Carron and Sean McKiernan, were released without charge. A third man remained in custody.
bomb was thrown at a police patrol in Craigavon. No one was
A pipe bomb was found on Derry's Carnhill estate.
Daniel Turnbull, accused of having weapons linked to republican paramilitaries, was denied bail.
A security alert closed the road in Portadown.
It was reported that a senior Loyalist had been stabbed in a supermarket in north Belfast.
33-year-old man was charged
over the death of Ronan Kerr.
Police released a photo of the car involved in the Newry van bomb.
related to republican paramilitary activity were made in South Armagh.
The Belfast Telegraph reported that a group of former PIRA members had claimed responsibility for killing Ronan Kerr. The group was quoted as saying 'Irish republicans have continued to organise against the British presence in our country. We continue to do so under the name of the Irish Republican Army. We are the IRA.' Peter Robinson and Gerry Adams condemned the statement. The police issued a warning that more police officers could be targetted over the next days and weeks. A 'severe threat' was anticipated over the Easter weekend, and extra security checkpoints and patrols were set up. The public was urged to be vigilant.
According to The Belfast Telegraph there was a security threat from republican involving the Queen's visit to the Republic in May.
Coyle of Omagh appeared
in court accused of possessing firearms and explosives.
man was held after a petrol
bomb attack in the village of Garvagh in which no one was
It was reported that police investigating the bomb sent to Neil Lennon wanted to talk to a young couple.
The Observer reported that according to 'the latest security assessment', 'attacking the mainland "now goes beyond an aspiration"'. Security concerns were heightened in the build-up to the Royal Wedding on April 29th, although no specific threats had been detected.
Real IRA made
an Easter statement in
which they said that they would continue to
target police officers. In their view all PSNI members were 'serving
the occupation and would be treated as such.' Those community
leaders who attended Ronan Kerr's funeral 'will be unable to protect
those who turn traitor. They are as liable
for execution as anyone, regardless of their religion, cultural
background or motivation'. They also condemned the English Queen's
visit to the Republic in May, saying that 'The Queen of England is
wanted for war crimes in Ireland and is not wanted on Irish soil.' The
Tánaiste later said
he was 'absolutely disgusted' by the RIRA's threats.
Three men appeared in court over arms found in south Armagh.
examined a suspicious
object at Belfast's Musgrave Street PSNI station.
A bomb alert at a Sinn Féin office in north Belfast was declared a hoax.
Father Michael Canny offered to meet republican paramilitaries opposed to the peace process.
|27th||Police attending a bomb
alert in Ballymagroarty were attacked
by members of the public. One hundred people had been evacuated during
the alert, which turned out to be a hoax.
Two controlled explosions were carried out on a suspicious package at Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey in County Antrim. The alert was identified as a hoax.
A fifth device was found in Belfast by police investigating the parcel bombs sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
was reported that the Real IRA had rejected
Father Michael Canny's offer.
A security alert was provoked by an abandoned drinks flask in west Belfast.
The relative of three people killed in the 1993 Shankill Road bomb became the victim of a sectarian attack.
It became known that the Ministry of Defence had lodged a planning application to improve security at the entrance to Palace Barracks in Holywood.
exploded under a van in Maghera at three in the morning.
However, a security alert in Larne was declared a hoax.
A suspicious object in the grounds of the Andersontown Newspaper office sparked an alert. It was revealed to be a hoax.
|30th||A man who had been found with four bomb timers on the 28th was charged.|
that semtex and a horizontal mortar had been found during searches
targetting republicans opposed to the peace process on the weekend of
Irish President Mary McAleese criticised republicans opposed to the peace process, calling them 'the tail end of a very old, tired, failed culture of trying to resolve political problems through paramilitarism.'
It was reported that canvassers representing the People Before Profit Alliance Party had been the victims of a sectarian attack.
A bomb alert in Derry was declared 'an elaborate hoax'.
Security Minister Eamon Gilmore said that security arrangements for the
Queen of England when she visited were 'very
Donnelly, a republican opposed to the peace process, refused
to shake hands with Martin McGuinness outside a polling
A gun was found following an investigation into a gorse fire. The age of the gun was not known.
bombs were thrown at two houses in Coleraine.
UUP leader Tom Elliot lashed out at 'Sinn Féin scum' in
to the murder of Ronan Kerr, Kerr's brother criticised Elliot calling
his ideas 'prehistoric'.
A suspicious car in Ballymena caused a security alert.
A petrol bomb was thrown at a house in Enniskillen.
was thrown at police investigating a security
alert in Derry. A woman later said
her child could have been killed by it.
Police investigating the death of Ronan Kerr arrested a 36-year-old woman.
A hoax alert closed businesses in west Belfast.
Martin McGuinness was quoted as saying that republicans opposed to the peace process had made little impact on the May 5th election.
closed Connolly station in Dublin. Security was very high in advance of
the Queen of England and Barack Obama's visit to Ireland.
men were detained
in Dublin by gardaí investigating republican paramilitary
activity. In Belfast, one man was arrested.
The Belfast Telegraph reported that the number of bombing incidents had doubled in a year.
Two men were arrested in connection to parcel bombs sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
Price was arrested
as part of an investigation in republican paramilitary activity.
Meanwhile a 36-year-old woman held over the killing of Ronan Kerr was freed.
man and a woman were arrested
in County Armagh as part of an investigation into republican
In north Belfast, a child discovered a viable pipe bomb.
Masked youths attacked police in Drumbeg.
Price was charged
over a republican rally held
on Easter Monday. According to the Guardian,
republicans opposed to the peace process were being
detained as part of security measures in advance of the Queen's visit.
Two viable devices were made safe in Dublin and Limerick.
|16th||Streets in London were closed
off after the first bomb
warning from republicans in a decade. The threat was in
response to the Queen's imminent visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Two people, including an RSF press officer, were charged with 'encouraging acts of terrorism'.
day of the British Queen's four-day visit to Dublin,
republicans opposed to the visit protested
and it was reported that the previous evening, a bomb
had been found on a public bus in Maynooth. The security involved in
protecting the Queen was called 'the tightest in the history of the
It was reported that Marian Price had been placed in Maghaberry all-male prison.
A bomb alert occurred in Belfast's Victoria Square shopping centre.
Sinn Féin announced that two former IRA prisoners, Gerry Kelly and Pat Sheehan, would be joining the policing board.
A petrol bomb was thrown at a car belonging to the father of a Catholic PSNI member in Derry.
suspect object sparked a security
alert in the Creggan estate in Derry. A man was said to have
picked up the object, which turned out to be a hoax.
republican activists were arrested
on their way to the convention centre in Dublin where the British Queen
would be appearing.
Bomb alerts occurred in Glynn and west Belfast.
Four masked and armed men forced their way into a house in north Belfast, apparently to carry out a paramilitary-style assault.
men threw a bag containing a bomb into a bank in Derry. There was panic
and people, including children, had to be evacuated. The bomb
subsequently exploded, but no one was injured.
It was reported that police were questioning a man about the bomb found on a Maynooth bus on May 16th.
illegal protest was held demanding a parade for the Royal
Irish Regiment in Belfast.
A stone was thrown at a Free Presbyterian church in Rasharkin during a service. This was originally believed to be a sectarian attack but was later put down to an accident.
At around midnight, someone believed to be a republican vigilante threw a petrol bomb at a house in Donegal. The attacker was dismissed by Sinn Féin, who said: 'No doubt some of these people would call themselves republicans. Republican is respecting the people and the people are sovereign. The people have spoken and the gardai and PSNI represent them.'
were fired at a car and a van in Dungiven.
the Spotlight TV
programme, Ronan Kerr's mother made a statement
about the 'very personal attack' on her son.
Footage was released of the bomb exploding in the Santander bank on May 21st.
Campbell appeared in a Lithuanian court accused
of being a member of the RIRA.
Security alerts occurred in Bangor and and west Belfast.
A row developed over the appointment of Mary McArdle, a former IRA member involved in the killing of 22-year-old Mary Travers, to a top post at Stormont.
in Belfast Crown Court following his extradition from the Republic over
of republican Bobby Tohill.
alerts brought traffic to a standstill across
the North. A bomb
was found in the university area.
Two men were injured in paramilitary-style shootings.
that a coronor had requested new tests on the remains of Gareth
O'Connor, an alleged RIRA member, who had vanished while making his way
to the Dundalk Garda station in 2003. His body was found two years
Sinn Féin for choosing former IRA man Sean McGlinchey to
serve as Mayor of Limavady. McGlinchey had played a role in a car
bombing that killed six people.
bombs and a petrol bomb were thrown
at police in Craigavon.
Six hoax bombs were found at Belfast City Cemetery.
The DUP denied claims in The Belfast Telegraph that they had made contact with Sinn Féin before their first official meeting in 2007.
man was arrested
and then released in Craigavon in connection with republican
High Court heard
that a pipe bomb had been thrown at the Alliance Party's South Belfast
headquarters by republicans opposed to the peace process.
Stephen Radcliffe from Derry was accused of having guns in his flat.
A man was arrested in south Armagh in connection with republican paramilitary activity. He was released without charge the following day.
Relatives of the fifteen people killed in the McGurk's bar bombing of 1971 held a protest outside the Policing Board's headquarters.
There was an explosion on Lecky Road, Derry, at eleven at night. It was unclear who had been the target.
alert occurred on the Stiles Estate in Antrim. Nothing was
found. Meanwhile, a man appeared in court accused
of creating a bomb hoax with baked beans cans.
Thomas Christopher Nash admitted gun charges at a court in Belfast.
An Enniskillen family found a 40-year-old mortar in their garden.
was found near a school in Belfast.
bomb was found in a Homebase store in Newtownabbey.
that members of a tribunal investigating the killings of two RUC
officers in 1989 had met with former PIRA leaders in recent weeks. At
the same time, an investigation
into the killing of IRA men at Clonoe in 1992 was underway.
A man involved in the July 2010 rioting, Jarro Costa, publically apologised to the policewoman who was injured.
Two men were arrested in connection with republican paramilitary activity in Derry.
The incoming Presbyterian moderator Reverand Ivan Patterson weighed in to the ongoing controversy over the appointment of former IRA member Mary McArdle as a Stormont adviser.
A viable pipe bomb was found during an alert in west Belfast.
Catholic secondary school in north Belfast was the target of a sectarian
A court ruled that a video clip of a 2008 Continuity IRA gathering in Tyrone could be used as evidence in a criminal trial. Aidan Quinn stood accused of managing the meeting.
It was reported that an Orange Order parade passing the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast had been restricted.
Prime Minister David Cameron told the Northern Ireland Assembly that
the increased number of Peace Walls was 'disappointing.'
Since 2006 the number had increased from 37 to 48.
It was reported that gardaí were investigating a link between the Dublin shooting of Liam Kenny and republican paramilitary activity. Kenny was a former member of Republican Sinn Féin who had left the group in July 2010 to join a splinter group in Limerick. It was suggested that he had become involved in a feud between the RIRA and the CIRA over control of an extortion racket in Dublin.
A brother-in-law of Martin McGuinness, Marvin Canning, was charged in connection with a 32CSM rally on Easter Monday.
Paul Maskey won the West Belfast seat for Sinn Féin after Gerry Adams had vacated it.
that the new Sinn Féin Mayor of Belfast had upset unionists
by removing Royal portraits from the Lord Mayor's parlour.
Orange Hall at Dunloy was sprayed with grafitti in what police
described as a sectarian
Denis Bradley of the Consultative Group on the Past, which had previously caused controversy by suggesting all victims of the troubles including paramilitaries should be given compensation, said that victims of the Troubles felt they had been left behind.
A statue in memory of the UDR was unveiled in Lisburn.
that a TUV councillor in Limavady had displayed the Union flag for the
second time a week despite the council's no flags policy. The next day,
that the flag might return.
A 28-year-old man was arrested over the Easter commemoration at Derry City Cemetery on April 25th.
The home of a Nigerian family was attacked in what police were to call a hate crime.
found at a disused house in County Louth was linked
to republicans opposed to the peace process.
A man told police that he had been threatened by gunmen and told to leave Strabane.
that an anonymous unionist politician had said 'elements of the UDA and
UVF were looking at the dissident threat'.
The Historical Enquiries Team officially blamed the IRA for the 1976 Kings Mill massacre.
A man was charged over the 2010 Strand Road mortar.
for Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers failed
to have the case against their clients over the Massereene
There was violence on the Orange Order's Tour of the North parade, when a feeder parade was prevented from walking down a particular road.
Two bombs were discovered and made safe in Bray, County Wicklow.
It was reported that according to a survey by the Northern Ireland Life and Times, 72% of people within Northern Ireland wanted to remain within the UK. According to the survey, the number of Catholics wanting to live in a united Ireland had dropped from 49% to 33% since 1998.
attack on a GAA hall during the previous night was treated as a hate
It was reported that the SDLP had called for new laws to combat sectarianism, following legislative changes in Scotland.
four in the morning, masked men attacked
a car with two men inside it in Enniskillen.
The Church of Ireland Primate Alan Harper apologised to the Consultative Group on the Past for comparing them to 'spoilt children who have not got their way'.
A partially exploded device that triggered a security alert in Annalong, County Down, turned out to be a flare.
Three men were arrested in Drogheda as part of an inquiry into republican paramilitary activity. Three other men were arrested in a follow-up operation in Westmeath.
alert occurred on Lisburn Road in south Belfast.
In the early hours of the morning, a group of up to one hundred youths attacked houses in the Strand area of East Belfast. Sinn Féin called it a sectarian assault. Later, amid reports that rioters had shot at police and had themselves been shot, Chief Superintendent Alan McCrum claimed the trouble had been orchestrated by the UVF. It later emerged that one of those shot had been a 16-year-old boy.
At two in the morning, an 'explosive device' was thrown at a PSNI landrover in west Belfast. The police had been responding to reports of a stolen vehicle, which was found abandoned. Controlled explosions were carried out on the vehicle but it was found to be harmless.
the east Belfast riots, a press photographer was shot
in the leg. It was not known who had been the intended target. Both
republicans and loyalists were said to have been firing guns, and
republicans were blamed
for shooting the photographer. During the day, talks took place between
political and community leaders to try and defuse
tensions. The area was much
quieter the following night.
A man was convicted of sending menacing Facebook messages to DUP MP Gregory Campbell who had criticised the cost of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
that the First Minister, Peter Robinson, had met with leaders of the
UVF to discuss the recent violence.
providing a vehicle linked to the February 2010 car
bomb attack in Newry.
search in Hackballscross, County Louth, uncovered
what was believed to be bomb-making material.
The Whiterock parade in West Belfast passed off peacefully.
Derry's new 'peace bridge' officially opened in Derry.
that gardaí believed the bomb material found in County Louth
had been destined for an attack on Northern Ireland.
The press also covered the cost of defending people involved in last year's rioting - £34,000.
men pleaded guilty
to a sectarian attack on a man who had been wearing a Celtic shirt.
Shots were fired at a house in north Belfast.
Damien McLaughlin was jailed
over weapons possession. Another man was charged
under the Malicious Communications Act over comments he had made on the
internet about Ronan Kerr.
A security alert in Strabane forced the evacuation of homes.
An independent report accused the Police Ombudsman, Al Hutchinson, of weak leadership.
Orange Hall in Roslea was destroyed in an arson
PSNI Superintendent Simon Walls warned against 'tit-for-tat action',
saying 'reprisals are not the way forward. They only result in raising
tensions among communities, as well as depriving local people of
There was trouble during the 'mini Twelfth' parade in east Belfast, but police didn't believe loyalist paramilitaries were involved.
man was abducted
from his home in the Shankill Road area and badly beaten.
A house in Newry was damaged in a pipe-bomb attack.
car of DUP MLA Ian McCrea was burnt
out outside his family home. Martin McGuinness said 'those
who carried out this attack are attempting to heighten tensions as we
reach the height of the marching season and this action must be
bomb was discovered in Glengormley.
The Orange Order blamed 'the MTV generation' for riots over the previous days.
The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning issued its final report. It did not provide a list of decommissioned weapons.
Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities reported
that racist bullying had replaced sectarian bullying in schools.
During the night, the office of the Alliance Party leader David Ford was targetted by arsonists.
examined a suspect
vehicle in Lurgan. A security
alert also occurred at a police station in east Belfast.
It was reported that a nationalist residents' group, the Greater Ardoyne Residents' Collective, planned to hold a counter-rally on the twelfth in Belfast. Group spokesman Martin Og Meehan said: 'We are more than determined to express our opposition to triumphalist loyalist parades. We are standing up for the civil rights of the Ardoyne residents. Residents have repeatedly over a number of years said that these loyalist parades are not welcome. We are asking for a march within our own community. It will not infringe on the loyalist community.'
youths were charged
in connection with the riots of the previous month.
A Catholic church in Ballymena was attacked with paint around midnight in an apparent attempt to raise sectarian tensions during the time of the marching seasons.
Two men were arrested in Dublin during an investigation into republican paramilitary activity.
removed Union and paramilitary flags from the vicinity of a Catholic
church in Ballyclare. They would later apologise
for their handling of the situation.
Six men left their homes in Derry after threats from paramilitaries. The father of one of the men said 'we have contacted all the dissident groups in Derry and they have all denied that they have issued any threat. We're asking anyone out there if there is a threat, could they tell us what group has said them and for what reason? We don't know why they've been threatened to be executed, they haven't been threatened before.'
Two men believed to be linked to the RIRA were arrested in Portugal.
occurred in Ballyclare, believed to involved loyalists, and trouble was
also reported in Magherafelt, Carrickfergus, Larne and Ballyduff. Six
police officers were injured.
The Drumcree Parade, which had been rerouted away from the Garvaghy Road, passed off peacefully.
on the eve of the Twelfth, with Pete Robinson saying 'violence and
rioting' was not the answer. However, twenty-two police officers were injured
during riots during the night in Belfast, and a bus was hijacked.
night of rioting
hit the Ardoyne
area of Belfast. Police said that children
under the age of ten had been involved. DUP MP Nigel Dodds blamed
'militant republicans' for the violence.
In all, twenty-six people were arrested.
Members of the Crumlin Star football team were assaulted and stabbed in an apparent anti-Catholic sectarian attack during the trouble.
It was reported that the security threat from republican paramilitaries to Britain had increased, according to a government assessment. Their 'counter-terror strategy' stated that support for these paramilitaries was low, but the number of attacks had increased from 22 in 2009 to 40 in 2010, with 16 attacks so far within 2011; many more had been disrupted by security forces.
boy was among those charged with rioting the previous day.
Two people were charged
with attacking police in Limavady.
Police were attacked with petrol and paint bombs in Derry, Belfast and Portadown.
men were charged
over the riots on the Twelfth.
Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness met to discuss the recent violence. They said people needed to be less complacent.
The Guardian published the views of an anonymous CIRA member, who said that 'speaking to Sinn Féin at this moment of time, you are speaking to British ministers in a puppet government. When the time comes for anybody to speak to the British, I believe they will speak to them in Westminster. I see no merit in speaking to Sinn Féin, former republicans who now have openly and publicly stated that they are informers.'
The Belfast Telegraph reported that Sinn Féin had criticised the Greater Ardoyne Residents' Collective for allegedly stirring up the violence that erupted in Ardoyne on the twelfth. The GARC denied this, saying 'we could see that the PSNI was set on confrontation.'
eleventh man was arrested
as part of the latest investigation into republican paramilitary
Loyalists rioted in Portadown during the evening, and several immigrant families were driven from their homes. Meanwhile, police displayed petrol bombs seized by residents of Gobnascale who had been trying to put a stop to the rioting.
people were arrested
in Cork during an investigation into republican paramilitary activity.
disposal team was also called after three men were stopped in
a car in Dublin.
A man was charged over the rioting on the Twelfth.
Vandals painted an orange sash on a cow and farmer statue in Clough.
was reported that a mortar
bomb had been found in Ardoyne.
A sectarian knife attack occurred in Derry.
was found in east Belfast near the Oval football ground.
occurred during the early hours of the morning at an interface area in
A man was charged with possessing explosives and guns on behalf of republican paramilitaries.
order charges against republican Garry Donnelly were dropped
Two republicans staging a dirty protest over conditions in Maghaberry Jail, William Wong and Michael Johnston, won High Court permission to challenge the denial of legal and family visits.
Two men appeared in court accused of rioting on the Twelfth.
Late in the evening, a masked man threw an 'explosive device' at a house in Derry. No one was injured. Vigilantes were blamed.
people were arrested
over the death of Ronan Kerr.
Police released footage of rioting on July 12th.
Republican prisoner Brendan Lillis was denied his application for release on compassionate grounds.
At Willowbank Park off the Falls Road, gunmen called out the names of some men they were looking for and then fired shots. Sinn Féin said the incident stemmed from a fall-out between republican paramilitaries and local youths.
men arrested in connection with the death of Ronan Kerr were released.
A petrol bomb was thrown at a house in Enniskillen.
the arrests over Ronan Kerr's death. Chief Constable Matt Baggott defended
the actions of the police. Meanwhile, a 23-year-old woman who had been
arrested as part of the investigation was released.
A pipe bomb was made safe outside Ballymena.
It was reported that Sinn Féin had the highest income of all political parties.
O'Donnell was fined
for saying on Facebook that DUP MP Gregory Campbell should 'get a
bullet in the head'.
Houses were evacuated in the New Lodge area of north Belfast in what turned out to be a hoax alert.
The number of people charged over the riots in Belfast on the Twelfth rose to twenty-three.
bomb was found after a security alert in Annacloy, County
A man was detained over the murder of Loyalist Bobby Moffett but then released.
men were arrested
after a security alert in a car park in Randalstown.
A man was arrested over sectarian internet sites directed against Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
In west Belfast, a 68-year-old man was arrested and subsequently charged with having firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life. Meanwhile in Derry, four people were arrested and a rifle was found. Two days later, the man from west Belfast and two of those arrested in Derry were charged.
Belfast Telegraph ran
that republican paramilitaries had been planning a mortar attack on
page called 'Crown Forces Watch' was taken
after soliciting photographs of PSNI officers and details of security
operations. The page had claimed that 'over the past few days in East
Tyrone and South Derry the Crown Forces the PSNI/RUC have launched a
massive harassment and intimidation Campaign aimed at Irish
Republicans' and 'the aim of this group is to keep people updated on
the attacks intimidation and ongoing harassment by the Crown Forces'.
DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson called for the death penalty for those convicted of killing from political motives.
A man was charged over the seizure of thirteen guns in Portadown.
Three men were charged in connection with July rioting in Ballyclare.
In the early hours of the morning, a petrol bomb was thrown at a police car in Newtownabbey.
Two men appeared in court accused of having a firearm with intent to endanger life, including former republican prisoner Tony Taylor.
It was reported that Marian Price would use a pardon obtained thirty years ago to have a charge linked to the killings of Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey thrown out.
A 17-year-old Catholic boy was hurt in a sectarian attack.
A 48-year-old woman was accused of involvement in the summer riots in east Belfast.
Shots were fired at a house in Derry.
Rasharkin Hibernian Hall was daubed in graffiti.
alert in Stranmillis, south Belfast, a 'suspected firearm'
A man was arrested in west Belfast over the killing of loyalist Bobby Moffett.
Police were attacked with bricks while responding to a callout in Ballymena.
man was shot
in the ankle by a gang in west Belfast.
|9th||A man was shot
in the arm and leg in Derry city centre. He had earlier been told he
had twenty-four hours to leave the city.
Republican prisoner Brendan Lillis was removed to hospital. His family had campaigned for his release on compassionate grounds.
The Belfast Telegraph reported that a senior republican warned inmates at Maghaberry might take 'drastic action' as their hunger strike, which began on the seventh, escalated. The strike was intended to 'bring attention and focus minds on the conditions that currently exist in Maghaberry'.
were believed to have been fired on Quarry Street, Derry, late at
night. Meanwhile a man was shot
in the leg in Belfast.
A man was arrested in Craigavon over republican paramilitary activity.
people were arrested
at the Alliance Party Headquarters after republicans staged a protest
in support of prisoners.
Boys' Parade, petrol bombs were thrown at police and three
vehicles were hijacked. Martin McGuinness criticised
republicans opposed to the peace process, saying that 'the attacks on
the Memorial Hall were motivated entirely by sectarianism and whoever
carried them out should know that such behaviour goes against
everything about Irish republicanism.'
A man appeared in court charged with possessing firearms and explosives including an AKM assault rifle, a Beretta pistol, a mechanism for an improvised grenade launcher and 46 bullets.
bombs were thrown at police in Derry.
that DNA linked businessman Raymond Wooton to an arms cache found in
home was attacked
with petrol bombs in Derry.
teenagers, a boy and a girl, were arrested
as part of a police investigation into republican paramilitary
activity. They were released without charge the next day.
IRA man Brendan Lillis was controversially released from prison on compassionate grounds.
that soil evidence had emerged to link Colin Duffy to
killings of soldiers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey.
55-year-old man from Newry was arrested
as part of a police investigation into republican paramilitary activity.
men walked into a Newry branch of Santander and dropped what was later
confirmed to be a viable bomb.
It was reported that Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay had lodged complaints about an anti-Catholic Facebook page run by a loyalist flute band.
men were arrested
in Belfast over the bomb left in a van on Newry bypass in April.
former car thief who had been giving information to the police about
RIRA use of stolen cars was the victim
of a pipe bomb attack.
man was jailed
for making a hoax bomb that sparked an alert.
bomb alert occurred at a leisure centure in Ballyclare.
It was reported that sectarian slogans had been daubed on the GAA club at Rasharkin during the night.
It was also reported that shots had been fired into flats in Larne.
O'Neill of Sinn Féin accused
the PSNI of being vindictive after a visa was denied to a man, Brian
Campbell, who had been detained over the killing of Ronan Kerr before
being released without charge.
|31st||It was reported that a Catholic teenager from Derry, Aaron McGregor, who had signed for Rangers had received on-line sectarian abuse.|
man from Tyrone was charged
with 'allowing his home to be used for terrorism'.
Christopher Nash was jailed
for hiding guns and bullets for republican paramilitaries.
It was reported that the number of sectarian crimes had increased, but a police spokesman said this reflected a more pro-active approach by police.
A petrol bomb was thrown at a house in Antrim. It was the latest in a number of attacks.
security alert that closed a street in Newtownards was declared a hoax.
A 40-year-old man was arrested in Coalisland in connection with republican paramilitary activity. He was charged the following day.
Doherty, who admitted throwing a petrol bomb during the riots on 12th July, was jailed
for four years.
top RIRA man Kevin Barry Murphy appeared
A UVF supergrass trial began, with Robert Stewart testifying. Mark Haddock, one of the state's most high-profile agents within the UVF, was also present. He and others stood accused of killing UDA member Tommy English during a feud. Stewart claimed that when Haddock ordered the shooting he told the assassins to 'try to miss the kids'. Both loyalists and republicans criticised the way the trial was being held. Republican Terry Harkin said that ''back in the 1980s republicans and republican socialists correctly branded this sham as a series of show trials'. Loyalist Ken Wilkinson said that justice had been 'abused'.
Sean Megaw was accused of possessing a gun used for a republican paramilitary shooting.
|7th||It was revealed that witness
Robert Stewart in the supergrass trial was an alcoholic.
The following day it was reported
that he had changed his story regarding the English murder during the
investigation. Stewart's brother David was also due
Aiden Francis Grew, who had once been in court on a charge of RIRA membership (from which he was acquitted) and whose two brothers were killed by the security forces was found guilty of cigarette smuggling.
people, including former Sinn Féin councillor Brendan
in court over the shooting
of PC Stephen Carroll.
Patrick Quinn, a teenager who was once kneecapped by republican paramilitaries, was jailed for five years over his part in the 2010 Ardoyne riots.
Reverend David Latimer, a Presbyterian minister and former army chaplain, became the first ordained Protestant minister to address the Sinn Féin ard fheis.
Maze/Long Kesh prison opened for tours.
that a man who had been arrested over the killing of Denis Donaldson
five years ago was still being questioned by gardaí at
the UVF supergrass case it was said
that Robert Stewart got 'the deal of the century'.
Real IRA were blamed for two
bombs, one that targeted a doctor and the other a police
officer. Nobody was injured. DUP MP Gregory Campbell commented that 'it
would seem likely that dissident republicans have targeted people by
these devices which have been placed outside, or at homes'. Dr Keith
Munro stated that 'there is no viable argument for behaviour like this
- for people who are completely independent - we are not police, we are
doctors trained in the speciality of forensic medicine.'
It was reported that sections of the Orange Order had demanded two of its members who had attended the requiem mass for police officer Ronan Kerr should be disciplined.
A gate was opened in the 'peace wall' that divided Alexandra Park in north Belfast into Catholic and Protestant sections. The gate would only be open during day times and would be closed during the evening.
Two men were arrested in Tyrone over republican paramilitary activity.
after midnight, two police were injured
when a bomb was thrown at them in Newtownabbey.
A laser was shone into a police helicopter flying over east Belfast.
During the UVF trial, Robert Stewart admitted making a mistake about whether one of the accused had a lisp.
man was arrested
for possession of a gun and ammunition, and a teenager was charged
over the rioting
The Continuity IRA claimed a rocket attack on police at Craigavon.
bombs and other missiles were thrown
at police investigating a hoax bomb alert in Lurgan.
man was shot
in the legs in the Markets area of Belfast. Police who went to
investigate were attacked with fireworks.
that Peter Carr of Derry had been filmed on CCTV throwing a petrol bomb
during the Apprentice Boys' parade in August.
It was reported that a Moroccan living in Strabane had been ordered at gunpoint to leave the country.
people suspected of republican paramilitary involvement were arrested
in the Republic.
ninth person was arrested
in the Republic.
in court accused of firearms and explosives offences.
was found during a security alert in Derry, and three republicans were
arrested. They were charged
on the 28th.
men who were arrested on the 26th were accused
of having a bomb in their car.
Martin McGuinness, who was standing for Irish President, told a rally in Derry that his 'heart went out' to the relatives of dead British soldiers and RUC officers.
|30th||It was reported that the Presbyterian minister who addressed the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Reverend David Latimer, had been targeted by sectarian graffiti.|
that had begun the previous evening uncovered a bomb in Belfast city
centre. Homes and commercial premises had been evacuated
overnight. Police later said
the bomb could have lain there for days.
were carried out in Ardoyne which police said were linked to republican
There were reports of a suspicious device in the Glen estate area of Derry.
men were arrested
in Derry in connection with republican paramilitary activity. They were
the following day.
alert in the Beechmount area of Belfast ended with nothing
Ballymoney Orange Hall was damaged in a petrol bomb attack.
was reported that eleven prisoners at Maghaberry Prison had been charged
with damaging their cells on May 6th, including Colin Duffy.
A man was shot in both ankles in west Belfast.
One of the men arrested on the 26th of September claimed he had found the device on the road and was taking it to a priest. The police countered that they had been watching him for twenty minutes before the arrest.
former Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward accused
the government of gambling with the peace process through
public spending cuts.
|7th||A homecoming parade for
troops returning to Belfast went ahead despite a bomb
that men arrested in Keady
last April 'had gone to bury guns'.
A child was injured in a sectarian attack in east Belfast.
were blamed after the punishment
shooting of a man in Ballymurphy.
exploded at the City of Culture office in Derry. It was the second attack
on the office in a year. The Real
IRA were held responsible.
Earlier in the day, a pipe bomb was found on the windowsill of a Polish couple's house in Steeple, Antrim.
Stuart Rankin, who was already accused of making bomb threats, was charged with fifty more similar offences.
A laser was shone at a police helicopter flying over County Down.
250 people took part in a rally
against the bombing of the City of Culture office in Derry.
that RIRA men Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly would face civil retrials
over the Omagh bomb.
candidate John Smyth Junior appeared in court accused
of making explosives with intent to endanger life, in connection with
the pipe bomb found on the windowsill of a Polish couple's house on the
A pipe bomb was found on the Antrim Road after a security alert. SDLP North Belfast MLA Alban McGuinness said that 'people who live and work in north Belfast are sick, sore and tired of these repeated security incidents.'
was found at an offenders' hostel. It was believed the bomb might have
been connected to people who objected to sex offenders being housed in
Former Police Ombudsman Sam Pollock revealed that he had resigned over the way controversial cases such as informers had been handled.
were fired at a house in Larne.
senior police officer spoke
against republican vigilantes who were responsible for 'a reckless
campaign of attacks and intimidation' . The Peace and Reconciliation
Group said twenty young people had been forced out of Derry since
A pipe bomb was found at an alert in Lawrencetown. Police said the following day it had been an attempt to kill a retired officer.
Real IRA member Michael Campbell was found guilty in Lithuania of supporting a terrorist group, illegal possession of weapons and attempted smuggling. He was sentenced to twelve years in prison after being caught in an MI5 sting.
Two Orangemen who had attended the funeral of Catholic policeman Ronan Kerr escaped being disciplined by the Orange Order.
men were arrested after a petrol
bomb was thrown into a house in Campsie.
A man was bundled into a car and shot in the legs in north Belfast.
printed a statement from the RIRA in which the organisation claimed the
several recent bombings in Derry. The statement said that "the IRA has
recently carried out a number of bomb attacks on the banking
establishment. Such attacks are an integral part of our
of targeting the financial infrastructure that supports the British
government's capitalist colonial system in Ireland. The impetus to
carry out this type of attack is directly linked to pressure from
working-class communities in Ireland as a whole. At a grassroots level,
working-class communities are suffering most from the effects of cuts
to essential services and poverty is now endemic. Families who have
lost income as a result of the financial crisis – caused by
bankers – are being intimidated and some are being evicted
their homes." Of the bombing
of the UK City of Culture offices, they said "the IRA has also carried
out bombing operations against the so-called UK City of Culture offices
in Derry city centre. It should be obvious that our objection is
focused on the political exploitation of Derry's name and culture.
Republicans view this charade as an elaboration of the
well-choreographed 'peace process' which resulted in former IRA
personnel serving as British ministers. This time, the whole
nationalist community is expected to join in celebrations of their
place within the United Kingdom and thereby realise the Thatcherite
policy of regarding the six counties as being 'as British as Finchley'.
Expressions of Irish identity within the context of 2013 will be
effectively 'licensed' by the organisers under the banner UK City of
Culture." The RIRA denied any threat to Martin McGuinness, asking why
they would turn him into a 'so-called
However, SDLP MP Mark Durkan had said of the City of Culture bomb that "those responsible for this bomb have shown complete and utter contempt for the people of Derry. [...] City of Culture is one of the opportunities we have. It has been strongly supported across our city."
was found in a school playground in Antrim, and a petrol
bomb was thrown at a house in Ballymoney.
his acceptance speech, new Irish President Michael D. Higgins affirmed
he would continue the work of building
bridges between North and South.
A police raid was carried out on a member of the republican group éirígí in Newry. Spokesman Stephen Murney said that 'our comrade had his door kicked in, his home ransacked and his personal possessions rifled through by these thugs. They hit the door with the battering ram with such force it almost came off the hinges, the frame has also been badly damaged. Myself and a number of other local republicans were prevented from getting anywhere near the house by members of the PSNI armed with assault rifles. Unsurprisingly the PSNI left empty handed after nothing was found. I counted no less than ten Land Rovers and there were dozens of TSG gunmen involved in this attack on our community [...] The level of harassment being meted out to republicans in Newry is unbelievable.'
people were charged
over a sit-down protest at the scene of a disputed Orange Order march
on July Twelfth the previous year. They were accused of 'obstructing
lawful activity in a public place'.
The PSNI confirmed that a special unit would be set up to police Derry during its City of Culture year. They said it was nothing to do with the Real IRA threat, but Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin commented that 'it doesn't help those efforts or the image of the city when bombs explode, and it ruins the prospect that can be created.'
workers cutting grass in the mainly nationalist Lagmore estate in
suffered sectarian abuse.
were made in Coleraine after youths put images of
themselves burning [Remembrance Sunday] poppies on Facebook.
Two men were arrested in west Belfast during a probe into republican paramilitary activity. They were released two days later.
saw CCTV footage of the Massereene attack in March
Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers stood accused of the killing of two
British soldiers. Duffy, who was connected to the attacks by DNA
evidence, was not accused of being one of the gunmen.
the Massareene trial, one of the gunmen was said
to have shown 'no remorse'.
the Massareene trial, the court heard
that the gun had been used in two previous attacks.
A 32-year-old man was arrested in Derry on suspicion of involvement in republican paramilitary activity.
her final engagement as Irish President, Mary McAleese described
the peace process as one of her 'greatest joys'.
The Sunday World apologised for saying that Gerry Kelly had been the IRA Chief of Staff.
It was reported that Creggan community worker Seamus Heaney, whose brother had been an IRA man killed by the SAS, had been criticised by republicans for inviting Derry's police commander to his community centre.
was held after Creggan community centre was paint-bombed and daubed
with graffiti including the words 'RUC station'. RIRA supporters were blamed
for the vandalism.
security alert in Derry city centre was declared a hoax.
alert in west Belfast led to nothing being discovered.
Minister David Ford announced
that the number of attacks by republicans opposed to the peace process
had fallen. There had been 40 in 2010 but only 25 in 2011 so far.
man was shot
in both legs in the village of Ballyarnett.
In the Banbridge area, a 53-year-old man was arrested in connection with republican paramilitary activity.
The Attorney General John Larkin announced his decision to open an inquiry into the deaths of ten people shot by paratroopers in west Belfast in 1971.
Two security alerts in west Belfast were declared hoaxes.
|16th||It was reported
that the PSNI were considering using mini drones 'to combat crime and
the dissident republican threat'.
The Massereene trial heard that the DNA in the getaway car was 'six trillion times more likely to come from Colin Duffy than anyone else'. The DNA was found on a seatbelt buckle and a mobile phone. The previous day, Duffy's barrister had questioned why a glove said to hold Duffy's DNA had not been photographed inside the car.
The Belfast Telegraph reported that sections of the Orange Lodge were appealing against the exoneration of members of the Orange Order who had attended the funeral of Catholic police officer Ronan Kerr.
Peter Lilley condemned
a proposed memorial to two IRA members who had blown themselves up in
St Albans, England, in 1991. The wreath-laying
went ahead in St Albans the next day.
Sinn Féin councillor Anne Brolly called for 'sectarian' flags to be taken down in Limavady. Meanwhile it was reported that Scottish sectarian crimes had risen by 10% over the last year, and most of the victims were Catholics.
man arrested in Banbridge on the 15th was released
man was shot
in a 'paramilitary-style' attack in Derry.
A forensic scientist told a court that Colin Duffy's DNA had been found on a glove tip, linking him to the shootings at Massereene in March 2009.
men were arrested
over the shooting of man in Derry on the 20th.
The Guardian reported that a new book about the Orange Order, by Jonathan Tonge, had found that 60% of Orangemen thought that Catholics were IRA sympathisers. Nine out of ten believed Protestants were discriminated against.
|23rd||At a cross-border police
conference, the Garda Commissioner and the PSNI Chief Constable said
that the republican paramilitaries still represented a severe threat
and 'were involved in all sorts of criminal activity north and south of
Republican protesters disrupted a meeting of the West Belfast Policing Partnership.
man from Dungannon was arrested
on suspicion of involvement in republican paramilitary activity.
The Department of Justice announced that all visits to Maghaberry Prison would be suspended on the 24th and 25th of November due to a planned protest by republicans opposed to the peace process. According to the protesters, '
bomb alert in the Bush Manor area of Antrim was declared a hoax.
A man appeared in court accused of twenty public order offences related to rioting in August 2011.
Baggott became the first senior PSNI officer to speak
at a high-level meeting of the Catholic Church. On the same day, Peter
Robinson told a DUP conference that sectarian divisions must end.
Sinn Féin lord mayor of Belfast was criticised
for refusing to present a Duke of Edinburgh Award to an army cadet.
It was reported that former acting assistant chief constable of the PSNI, Mark McDowell, who had disagreed with the term 'collusion', had been re-employed to assist the PSNI in dealing with their past.
|30th||Gardaí announced that they would be investigating claims by the Continuity IRA that they shot dead David Darcy in Ballyfermot the previous day. Gardaí described Darcy as 'a hardworking individual with no criminal links' and father to two teenage children.|
Kelly was found
guilty of shooting dead Óglaigh na
Andrew Burns in February 2008. Kelly had known it was 'an IRA
operation' but denied being a member of any organisation.
A protest was held over the Belfast mayor's decision not to present an award to an army cadet.
A house search carried out in Newry in the early hours of the morning, which led to two children being allegedly held at gunpoint and prevented from going to school, was criticised by republican group éirígí. The raid had not been connected to republican paramilitary activity.
Unionists walked out of a Belfast City Council meeting which discussed displaying a Christmas message in Irish on the side of the City Hall.
Apprentice Boys' Lundy's Day parade in Derry passed
without serious incident.
bomb was thrown at a house in Carrickfergus.
Sinn Féin mayor of Belfast, Niall O Donnghaile, apologised
for refusing to give an award to a fifteen-year-old
|6th||Ciaran Anthony Farrell,
brother of Marian
(Mairéad) Farrell, was given a suspended
sentence for his role in the 2010
of Newry courthouse.
A pipe bomb was thrown into a house on the Poleglass estate in west Belfast, forcing the evacuation of several houses. The family who lived in the house said they would not be intimidated.
a debate at Westminister, Northern Ireland Minister Hugo Swire claimed
that republicans opposed to the peace process might use the centenary
celebration of the 1916 Rising 'to further their own regressive agenda'.
In the Massereene trial, a solicitor for Colin Duffy said he had told Duffy not to answer questions during police interviews because he believed his own conversations with Duffy were being monitored by police. The defence team were trying to prevent Duffy's interviews being used as evidence so no inference could be drawn from his silence. However, the following day the interviews were ruled admissable.
IRA hunger striker Brendan McFarlane's artwork was exhibited
in Belfast City Hall.
A man was shot twice in the leg in north Belfast.
|9th||A security alert in Derry
resulted in several controlled
explosions being carried out.
Organisers of a march to mark the fortieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday spoke up in defence of the march, saying that 'justice didn't go away with the end of the Saville Inquiry'. However, some relatives of the victims of Bloody Sunday claimed that certain elements were trying to 'hijack' the march.
alert in Creggan ended with nothing being found.
was fired at a man in north Belfast at seven in the morning.
A bomb was found in Keady after someone phoned in a warning the previous night. It had been left close to a police station.
Derry, a man was arrested
on charges of 'supporting terrorism'. The arrest was believed to be in
connection with the 32CSM's 2011 Easter march. He was freed
the next day on bail.
Two men were shot in the leg in Derry. One was later named as Ruairi Canning, a nephew of Martin McGuinness. His father was facing charges relating to republican paramilitary activity.
At the Massareene trial, Brian Shivers' girlfriend testified that she and her boyfriend had been 'disgusted and appalled' by the attacks.
Guns and ammunition were discovered in Derry.
barrister for Colin Duffy said
that the evidence against him was 'tenuous'. A judge ruled
that soil samples that were to be presented as scientific evidence
could not be used in court.
A Historical Enquires Team found that a UVF member involved in the killings of the Miami Showband in 1975 had been tipped off to lie low afterwards by a senior RUC officer.
|15th||It was reported
that a man had been charged with 'aggravated trespass, criminal damage
and possession of fireworks' in connection with the protest
Maghaberry Prison on November 25th.
At the Massareene trial, the judge ruled that Colin Duffy had a case to answer despite defence claims that the evidence wasn't strong enough.
Republicans opposed to the peace process carried out a 'dirty protest' against the Alliance Party headquarters in which they smeared its windows with excrement.
controversy, a 'Happy
Christmas' sign in Irish was put up on Belfast City Hall.
Sharon Wooton, accused of 'perverting the course of justice' in regards to the killing of Stephen Carroll in March 2009, was allowed to change her legal team. Meanwhile, one of the men arrested in September over the Derry car bomb was denied bail.
|19th||The Belfast Telegraph
that republican prisoners at Maghaberry were planning to intensify
their protest. Colin Duffy was one of the protesters and had been
charged with criminal damage.
58-year-old man was arrested
in Fermanagh over explosives charges.
In the Massareene trial, it was alleged that the son of INLA leader Dominic McGlinchey had been the getaway driver. Two days later, Dominic McGlinchey Jnr denied the charges.
were fired at a house in Short Strand.
house was petrol-bombed
Twenty-six people were found guilty over a protest at an Orange march on July 12th 2010.
It was reported that the interface gates at Northumberland Street in Belfast would open on Sundays from Christmas Day onwards. The gates are already open during the week.
|23rd||A road was closed during a security
alert in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
First Minister Peter Robinson gave his Christmas
message. He said that 'this year we saw for ourselves that
evil criminals want to shatter peace. They will not win.'
|26th||The Guardian ran an
interview with police ombudsman Nuala O'Loan in which she called for a single
body to investigate violence that occurred during the
bomb alert in Strabane was revealed to be an 'elaborate
A GAA club in Derry was set on fire in an arson attack. MLA Martina Anderson said that the attack had been carried out by 'people who are running around our community, have attacked community workers and the talk in the Creggan community is this is the same organisations and personnel who are involved who have now attacked a GAA club'. Republican Action Against Drugs denied any involvement.