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January 2014

1st First Minister Peter Robinson said that the Haass talks had not been a failure. Gerry Adams said that other parties 'should not fudge their responses', and the Irish and British governments should take the opportunity to resolve outstanding issues.

In their New Year statement, the 32CSM said '2013 ended with yet another patchwork attempt to shore up the failure known as the Good Friday Agreement. We addressed Dr Haass directly when we asked him if he was truly interested in seeking a resolution of the Flags issue why not address the issue of sovereignty upon which any National Flag flies? Unless that fundamental issue is comprehensively addressed the core cause of conflict will remain.

'Republicanism faces into 2014 with as much internal challenges as those arraigned against us. For our part the 32CSM have been active with other republicans in seeking common ground upon which republicanism can move forward.'

The Republican Network for Unity said: '2013 was a year of great change for our organisation, the adoption of our world-view document "Revolutionary Republicanism" provided us with a clear program for progress, returning to the fundamental truths of Republicanism & Socialism.

'In a spirit of comradeship, we urge caution to those Republicans who in 2014 will give political priority to border polls and referendums. Within the enthusiasm of such campaigns it is easy to lose sight of the political realities; Irish Sovereignty is already a fact, yet we are under occupation and Britain cares nothing for the electoral aspirations of the Irish people as a whole. Moreover Socialism - an accepted essential ingredient for freedom - will well and truly be left on the shelf if you encourage the country to agitate primarily by referenda'.

2nd It was reported that a police officer had attracted complaints for tweeting a New Years message in multiple languages but leaving out Ulster-Scots.

Richard Haass urged parties to act 'where consensus exists'.

3rd More revelations from the 1980s included the fact that the British government had considered handing over west Belfast to the Republic.

4th It was controversially alleged that the UVF had been stealing sandbags and selling them to people in Belfast worried about flooding.

6th Gerry Kelly said police had given him a formal reprimand over an incident at the Tour of the North in June 2013.

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said plans drawn up by Haass were 'not viable'. The Alliance Party later accused the UUP of 'showing disdain'.

Four men police accused of being on 'operational duty for the Real IRA' were convicted on firearms offences.

A suspicious object was reported in south Belfast.

The family of IRA man Pearse Jordan, who had been shot dead by police in 1992, sued for damages after the inquest was delayed for eleven years.

Two men were arrested over the UVF killings of two Catholic men in 1994.

7th The DUP said that the Haass proposals 'need much more work'.

Marian McGlinchey was given a suspended sentence for providing a mobile phone used by the Real IRA to claim responsibility for the Massereene killings.

8th A 27-year-old man was arrested and released over a car bomb attack on Belfast city centre in November 2013.

An alert at Cullyhana was declared a hoax.

9th It was reported that prison staff would get danger money after threats by still-active republican paramilitaries.

10th Ian Paisley drew criticism when it emerged that he blamed the Irish government for the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974.

Peter Robinson
said that the Haass document was 'not balanced'. 'It says an awful lot if the two nationalist parties are jumping up and down ready to sign up to a deal but no unionist is prepared to go with it. That indicates that it wasn't a balanced final output.'

Shots were fired at a car in west Belfast.

11th Loyalists held a flag protest in Belfast.

Sinn Féin's ruling executive backed the Haass proposal on parades, flags, and the past.

Gary Spedding of the Alliance Party's youth wing returned to the UK after being deported from Israel.

13th The Northern Ireland Assembly rejected Sinn Féin's motion on the Haass proposals.

Boyd Douglas of the TUV apologised to Sinn Féin's Anne Brolly over remarks he made in June 2011.

Four men were jailed over a gun found a car in Omagh.

14th Martin McGuinness accused the unionist parties of 'dancing to the tune of extremists'.

A security alert occurred in Poleglass.

15th The republican Martin Corey was released after nearly four years in prison without trial. A condition of his release was that he could not speak to the media.

Police said they knew who had killed Ronan Kerr.

The republican Gavin Coyle was jailed for having four AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition along with explosives, bomb-making material and parts for improvised mortars. He also admitted membership of a proscribed organisation.

16th The Council of Europe warned Stormont over its 'persisting hostile climate' towards the Irish language.

Martin McGuinness said that unionist leaders had told him the UVF, PUP and Orange Order were 'one and the same thing' in Belfast.

A man was arrested in connection with republican paramilitary activity.

It was reported that Peter Robinson had received phone calls from both the US vice-president and the UK prime minister in the final days of the Haass talks.

Mark Campbell, accused of a UVF double murder that took place in 1994, was denied bail.

It was reported that a small group was carrying out race hate attacks in east Belfast.

17th At half one in the morning, Peter Robinson released a statement attacking Martin McGuinness. He accused McGuinness of being a 'controller and dictator' who showd a 'visceral hatred' of the Orange Order. His comments were allegedly 'unhelpful and irrational'. The Order itself had called his remarks 'entirely without substance'.

A man and a woman were arrested in connection with shots fired at police the previous month.

18th Orange grand secretary Drew Nelson criticised Martin McGuinness. He said the republican movement 'don't seem to have declared a ceasefire on the Orange institution. We're still having Orange halls burnt on a regular basis, we're still having our parades objected to and now we've got Martin McGuinness, several times over the last few weeks, demonising us, vilifying us, saying that we're one in the same as the UVF, which is patent nonsense.'

19th The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said that the Irish and British governments might intervene in the Haass talks.

A security alert in Carrickfergus forced people to leave their homes.

20th A second bomb alert occurred in Carrickfergus.

The DUP's Paul Givan said that any process dealing with the past should look at the actions of the Irish government.

21st The mother of Philip Strickland, shot dead in January 2012, said she had been aware of a threat from loyalist paramilitaries before his death.

The leaders of the five main parties held further talks about the Haass proposals.

Seventeen men were cleared of staging an unlawful protest at the Ardoyne parade of 1st December 2012.

22nd Chief Constable Matt Baggott announced his resignation. During his time in office, he had secured an additional £0.25bn to deal with the increased security threat.

British Prime Minister David Camerion said there was no question of the British and Irish governments imposing a solution over flags, parades and the past.

23rd Shots were fired at a flat in Derry during the night.

A man arrested in Whitehead, County Antrim, was questioned on suspicion of having firearms and explosives in suspicious circumstances.

The UUP tabled an amendment to the Northern Ireland Bill that would pave the way for opposition rights in the assembly 'as part of our journey to political normality'.

24th Shots were fired at a house in Larne in the early hours of the morning.

John Downey denied the 1984 IRA Hyde Park Bomb.

An alert in Lurgan was revealed as a hoax.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said that an agreement on flags and parades could result in extra money.

The Court of Appeal ruled that the non-custodial sentence given to Ryan McDowell, the man who made devices planted at a community hall, a Catholic primary school and a GAA ground, was lenient but not wrong in law.

25th A house in Coalisland was damaged in a petrol bomb attack.

27th Two men from the Republic, Gerard McManus and Kevin Nolan, pled guilty to possession of a gun with intent to endanger life.

28th Three former Irish police officers challenged the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal.

Leaders of the five main parties held further talks on parading.

30th Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said that loyalist leaders 'still backed peace'.

Police officers were injured during trouble when IRA bomber Patrick Magee came to speak at a peace festival in east Belfast.

31st It was reported that sectarian attacks had been carried out on the houses of elderly Protestant people in Woodvale, Belfast.

In the night, a suspicious object was found in the Lagmore area of west Belfast, and houses had to be evacuated.


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February 2014

1st Three people were questioned in relation to the alert in the Lagmore area.

Belfast County Grand Master George Chittick advised Protestants not to learn Irish, as it was part of the 'republican agenda'.

2nd Linda Ervine of the Irish language development office in east Belfast said she found George Chittick's remarks 'surprising'. Meanwhile, Niall Ó Donnghaile of Sinn Féin commented that 'in my own constituency in inner east Belfast, people like Linda Ervine are taking a very courageous stand in promoting the Irish language and highlighting that history to Protestant people'. Dominic Bradley of the SDLP added that 'I have worked with people from the Protestant community in the promotion of the language and have found them to be most knowledgeable, dedicated and genuine in their efforts'. The Orange Order responding by saying that it objected to Irish being used as a political weapon.

3rd David Hume of the Orange Order defended George Chittick, saying that 'George is articulating a belief, certainly within a section of the Protestant community, that there is this cultural onslaught if you like and that Irish language has become part of that'.

An investigation into UUP politician Michael Copeland's claim that the police struck his wife during a loyalist protest concluded that he had accidentally hit his wife himself.

Police came under attack in Derry after responding to reports of petrol bombs being thrown.

4th A programme was aired showing Ross Kemp in Belfast on the 12th of July. Kemp commented that if similar events had occurred elsewhere they would have been headline news, and 'there are still issues here, I don't think it gets enough news play across the rest of the UK'.

5th Gerry Adams accused David Cameron and Theresa Villiers of 'fudging' their response to Haass's proposals. He also accused unionists of 'failing their constituents and ignoring the desire of the vast majority of citizens who want to see agreement'.

Sean McVeigh was charged with the killing of prison officer David Black.

7th An explosive device was found in a park in Lurgan.

A man was shot in his knees and ankles in a west Belfast punishment attack.

A woman was charged in connection with the killing of prison officer David Black.

Gerry Adams said that the 'so-called United Kingdom' was hanging together by a thread.

Shots were fired at a house in north Belfast.

8th Damage from a pipe bomb was found at a GAA club in Ahoghill.

A security alert at Crannog Park was declared a hoax.

A teacher who had been the target of sectarian abuse after being co-opted as a Sinn Féin councillor in Craigavon thanked the pupils at her school for their support.

10th Two men were shot in Bangor shortly after midnight.

11th A bomb was found in the Carrigart Manor area of Craigavon.

It was reported that the government could be sued over delays in holding inquests over conflict-related deaths.

12th Irish police arrested a man over the killing of Andrew Allen. He was released the next day.

A vigil was held to mark the 25th anniversary of the murder of Pat Finucane.

A house was attacked with pipe bombs in Newry.

13th It was reported that bombs had been sent to army recruitment offices in England. Irish republican involvement was suspected. A spokesman for Downing Street said 'seven suspect packages have been identified as containing small, crude, but potentially viable devices bearing the hallmarks of Northern Ireland related terrorism'.

It was also reported that security had been enhanced at the Northumberland Street interface area in west Belfast.

15th It was reported that Unionists were objecting to Irish rebel song Roll of Honour entering the UK charts. The song had been the subject of a campaign by Celtic fans opposed to the Scottish government’s Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

A man was charged after ammunition was found at a house in Boundary Way, Belfast.

16th A hoax alert occurred in Carrickfergus during the night.

17th A group calling itself the IRA claimed responsibility for the bombs sent to army recruitment centres in England the previous week.

Alan Black, survivor of the Kingsmills massacre, said he believed state agents may have been involved.

18th Ted Cunningham changed his plea to guilty in relation to the Northern Bank Robbery.

19th Liberal politician Nick Clegg expressed support for MLA Anna Lo who had experienced racist abuse.

A court heard that police allegedly struck a deal with loyalist representatives to allow a union flag protest to take place.

Senior members of the loyal orders met leading Catholic clergy in Belfast.

20th Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison said that only twenty people had come forward to give evidence at a criminal investigation into Bloody Sunday.

Irish Amateur Boxing Association representatives addressed a Stormont committee on the issue of addressing sectarianism in sport.

21st Twelve men denied the murder of Kevin McDaid.

24th Éirígí press officer Stephen Murney was cleared of terrorism charges. He said his time in custody was 'internment on remand'.

Police made an appeal over the killing of RIRA member Kieran Doherty.

25th John Downey, the alleged Hyde Park bomber, escaped trial following a 'blunder' by police.

A man was held over the 1999 murder of former IRA man Eamon Collins.

A man was shot in the leg in Newtownabbey.

26th First Minister Peter Robinson threatened to resign unless a judicial inquiry into 'On the Runs' was held. Referring to the general situation that allowed John Downey to escape trial, he said 'it appears that we are not just dealing with On The Runs who received letters, but we are also dealing with people who received the Royal Prerogative of Mercy, that indicates there were offences involved. So we are not talking just about people who it is believed that the police did not have sufficient evidence to make a prosecution stick - that makes it a very serious matter.'

27th Peter Robinson elected not to resign after British Prime Minister promised an inquiry into the 'on the run' letters row. Tony Blair's former chief of staff Jonathan Powell tried to explain that there had been a misunderstanding about the letters. Meanwhile unionists expressed outrage over a party organised for John Downey.

Gerry Kelly dropped his law suit against the PSNI over an incident when he was carried on the bonnet of a PSNI Land Rover in Belfast.

28th A pipe bomb was found during an alert close to the Donegal border.

A man was shot in the ankle in Newtownabbey.


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March 2014

1st A security alert occurred in south Belfast.

2nd The former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said he believed soldiers involved in Bloody Sunday should not be prosecuted. In his opinion, 'if the job it seems to me of politicians and political leadership is to say we need to look to the future and if you're going to do that and if you have, as has been the case, addressed the question of former terrorists involved in activity, then it should apply even-handedly right across the board to members of the British security forces as well.'

3rd Peter Robin argued that the 'On the Run' scheme had not been legal since 2010.

4th A relative of UDR man Hugh Cummings, who had been shot dead by the IRA, spoke out about the On the Run scheme. She said of finding out about the letters, 'I still think perhaps this is a dream we're dreaming, this is something you read in a book or you see in a film, this is unbelievable that a government could actually do this to us'.

The Young Conway Volunteers flute band were cleared of defying a ban that had prevented them from walking past St Patrick's Church in Belfast in August 2012.

5th A woman was charged in connection with the killing of prison officer David Black.

Bill Clinton said in a speech that 'Northern Ireland must finish the job'.

Matt Baggott denied that letters sent to On the Runs were an amnesty.

6th As Matt Baggott clashed with the DUP over the On the Runs issue, and Ulster Unionist claimed that a second On the Run letter could have been sent out by mistake.

A man was shot in a paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast.

7th Letter bombs addressed to Maghaberry Prison were found at separate postal offices.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said the On the Run scheme was over.

Eamon Cassidy, who had been imprisoned over two separate pipe bomb attacks, had his sentence increased by the Court of Appeal.

8th Two pipe bomb attacks in Derry in the early hours of the morning were treated as hate crimes.

A protest over the On the Run letters occurred at Westminster.

10th The widow of IRA victim John Proctor addressed Stormont, and it was reported that a policeman injured at a sectarian flashpoint had been invited to the White House for St. Patrick's Day.

Two men were arrested over racist attacks on Romanian families two days earlier.

The UUP called for 'supergrass' cases to end.

A man was shot in the legs in Derry.

11th Richard Haass warned that violence could return if more effort was not made to deal with the past.

Miami Showband massacre survivor Stephen Travers and IRA victim Sef Townsend were among four people invited to speak in Madrid about political violence.

Gerry Kelly of Sinn Féin was cleared of breaching Stormont's code of conduct after he took part in an IRA commemoration at Castlederg in August 2013.

12th A 75-year-old man was held over the McGurk's Bar bombing.

13th First Minister Peter Robionson called Richard Haass's warning 'unhelpful'.

John Downey claimed that unionists knew about the On the Runs letters.

PUP member Colin Fulton failed to block the media linking him with the UVF.

DUP councillor Drew Thompson said that loyalist paramilitaries had been consulted over a community restorative justice scheme in Derry.

14th An under-car bomb was made safe in south Belfast.

It was reported that loyalist Robert Rodgers, imprisoned for murder, was challenging his sentence on the grounds that republicans had been given assurances that they would not face prosecution, and he had therefore been discriminated against.

Barack Obama expressed disappointment that the Haass talks had ended in failure.

A bomb attack was carried out on a police patrol in west Belfast. It had been reported that the bomb had been thrown, but it was later clarified that it had been detonated by a wire. A Filipino family were caught up in the attack.

16th An explosive device was found in south Belfast.

A petrol bomb was thrown during what police called a 'racially motivated hate crime' in Newtownabbey.

17th It was reported that republican paramilitaries had a new supply of Semtex, which they had used in an attack on police on the 14th.

A security alert at the Waterworks Park was declared a hoax.

A teenager appeared in court on charges of arson and a hoax bomb alert.

18th In the early morning, a pipe bomb attack occurred on a house in Tobermore.

The New IRA claimed the attack on police on the 14th.

Kevin Barry Concannon denied owning what the court called a 'terrorist cookbook'.

19th An alert occurred in east Belfast.

20th A man was arrested under the Terrorism Act in Bushmills.

Unionists called Alliance politician Anna Lo's comments about a united Ireland 'insulting'. They said that Alliance Party had abandoned its middle ground position after she declared her support for a united Ireland.

A Scottish man who danced on top of a police vehicle during a riot in north Belfast was jailed.

Police were given more time to question 77-year-old Ivor Bell over the murder of Jean McConville.

21st A petrol bomb was thrown at a house in Portglenone during the early hours.

A man with Real IRA connections was shot and injured in Dublin.

Ivor Bell was charged with the murder of Jean McConville.

Homes were evacuated in Glengormley when an explosive device was found.

22nd Ivor Bell was refused bail.

Anna Lo defended her comments on a united Ireland, saying she would 'not be reduced to one label'.

23rd Geraldine Rice of the Alliance Party expressed 'shock' over Anna Lo's remarks.

24th Gerry Adams asked his lawyer to contact police and check if he would be interviewed over Jean McConville.

An alert occurred in Derry. Earlier, a bomb alert at a sorting office in Belfast was declared a false alarm.

25th Three Ulster Unionist Party councillors walked out of a council meeting in protest about a presentation on the Irish language. They said that Irish was 'being forced' upon unionists.

Republican Thomas McWilliams was jailed for twelve years for removing a gun from a riot scene in July 2012.

Three men were arrested over the murder of two Catholic workmen in north Belfast in 1994.

It was reported that the judge-led inquiry into the On the Runs letters would be 'limited'.

26th Three men who had been arrested over UVF murders in 1994 were released.

A court heard that the Omagh bombing could have been prevented.

A bomb exploded in Creggan.

27th Two men were charged over the 1994 murders of Eamon Fox and Gary Convie.

Nigel Dodds of the DUP said that the On the Runs letters scheme had been 'devoid of morality'.

A man was shot in the leg in north Belfast.

28th Declan Smith, the republican shot in Dublin a week previously while dropping his children off at a crèche, died in hospital.

A mortar bomb and command wire were found during a police operation in Antrim.

29th A man was charged over a mortar bomb found in west Belfast.

A car was damaged in a hate crime in the Fountain estate, Derry.

30th A security alert occurred in Banbridge.

There was reportedly 'UDA trouble' in Larne, during which a police officer was hurt. It later came to be known that the Portuguese national had been beaten and stabbed.

A man was shot in the knee in Derry.

31st An explosive device was found at Strabane Golf Club.

Gerry Adams accused the British government of backing 'reactionary unionism'.


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April 2014

1st Republicans were credited with leaving a pipe bomb in Strabane.

DUP member Arlene Foster called for unity amongst unionists.

2nd Retired police officer Norman Baxter accused Downing Street of perverting the course of justice for its decision to release On the Runs.

An alert on the Falls Road was declared a hoax.

Five men were arrested over republican paramilitary activity.

A man arrested over the murder of Jean McConville was released.

3rd The UVF were blamed for racist attacks in Belfast.

Peter Robinson said that welfare powers could return to Westminster.

4th Loyalist William 'Mo' Courtney was convicted of threatening to kill victims' campaignr Raymond McCord.

6th A shot was fired into a house in Toome the early hours of the morning.

Martin McGuinness met the Queen at Windsor and praised her role in the peace process. He said 'I was tremendously impressed by the very solemn way that she commemorated those Irish republicans who lost their lives in the struggle for independence, how she acknowledged the importance of the Irish language and, probably most important of all, when she acknowledged that she had wished that things had been done differently or not at all'.

7th President Michael D Higgins, while visiting London, urged an apology for violence during the Troubles.

UKIP caused controversy with posters about foreign workers.

Peter Hain called for an end to Troubles prosecutions, and it was reported that there would be no further inquiry into the Birmingham pub bombs. However, on the same day a man was arrested over the Omagh bombing.

8th Martin McGuinness and Michael Higgins continued their state visit to Buckingham Palace.

Prominent loyalist Mark Haddock was arrested in England over UVF murders.

Lord Tebbit called for the On the Runs inquiry to be widened.

9th It was reported that police would reinvestigate claims the PIRA had smuggled guns from America in the late 1990s. It was also reported that Vincent Banks was facing IRA membership charges in Dublin.

Sinn Féin criticised Norman Tebbit for saying Martin McGuinness should be shot in the back.

A controlled explosion was carried out in Strabane. It was later said that 'nothing untoward' had been found.

10th Seamus Daly was charged over the Omagh bomb.

A crude bomb was found in Talbot Park.

11th Seamus Daly was remanded in custody.

Two people were arrested after what police found what they believed to be a gun in Craigavon. They were subsequently released.

12th During the early hours of the morning a parked car in Derry was shot at, and youths threw bottles at police who tried to remove it.

A man was arrested in Larne under the Terrorism Act. It was the ninth arrest over recent trouble in Larne.

Irish language speakers protested in Belfast in favour of a 'rights-based Irish Language Act'.

14th Shortly after midnight, shots were fired outside the Rock Bar on the Falls Road.

The trial of Martin Morris for IRA membership collapsed.

It was reported that the family of UDA victim Teresa Clinton were to sue the government for collusion.

15th Two men were arrested after a security alert in Co. Tyrone.

16th A court heard that Seamus Daly had been living 'under the radar' for five years.

It was reported that the NI Victims' Commissioner Kathryn Stone was stepping down.

A woman arrested over the murder of Jean McConveille was released pending a report to the PPS.

In west Belfast, a gang attacked a man in what was described as a 'paramilitary-style attack'.

17th Ammunition was found after a fire in north Belfast.

Sean McVeigh, accused of involvement in the killing of prison officer David Black, was released on bail.

18th Former CIRA leader Tommy Crossan was shot dead in west Belfast.

A man was arrested during a police investigation into republican paramilitary activity in Strabane.

A car was destroyed in a petrol bomb attack in Carrickfergus.

19th A man who had been arrested over the killing of Thomas Crossan was released.

20th Easter Rising Commemorations were held in Belfast.

21st A number of loyalist feeder processions passed off without incident.

Carrick Hill Concerned Resident's Group said they would hold no more protests if the Apprentice Boys would issue a statement saying they would abide by the Parade Commission's rulings.

Lawyers for the family of republican Denis Donaldson launched a legal challenge to retrieve his diaries.

A man was arrested over paramilitary-style shootings in Derry.

A hate crime occurred in east Belfast.

22nd A bomb alert in Newtownabbey ended after nothing untoward was found.

Three people were charged with a hate crime over vandalism of a loyalist protest camp on Twaddell Avenue.

Three men were arrested in connection with republican paramilitary activity.

23rd Ex-IRA man Peter Rogers accused Gerry Adamas of ordering him to transport explosives to Great Britain in 1980.

It was reported that both the Orange Order and Coiste na nIarchimí were backing a free 'MOOC' on the use of public space to express identity.

A court heard that blackmailers had claimed to be members of the UVF.

A gun attack on a house in west Belfast was called a hate crime. The victims were a traveller family.

24th An alert at Woodbourne police station turned out to be a hoax.

A paramilitary funeral was held for Tommy Crossan.

A man was stabbed in a hate crime in south Belfast.

A pipe bomb was thrown at a house in north Belfast.

26th Thousands of people took part in a parade to march the 100th anniversary of the Larne gun-running incident.

27th Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin criticised the British and Irish governments for taking a 'hands-off' approach to the peace process. He also criticised Sinn Féin, saying they had no claim to be the successors of 1916.

28th A resident won his court case that the PSNI wrongly facilitated loyalist flag protest marches. The marches had been illegal, and were sometimes violent.

29th Secretary of State Theresa Villiers ruled out reviews into the La Mon bombing and the killings of 11 people in Ballymurphy.

The Alliance party office in east Belfast was petrol bombed.

30th A railway line closed in a security alert.

A 69-year-old man was arrested, then released unconditionally, over the 1971 bombing of McGurk's bar.

Gerry Adams was arrested over the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. He had said earlier that 'as a republican leader, I have never shirked my responsibility to build the peace. This includes dealing with the difficult issue of victims and their families. Insofar as it is possible I have worked to bring closure to victims and their families who have contacted me. Even though they may not agree, this includes the family of Jean McConville.'


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May 2014

1st The Alliance Party office was attacked for a second time.

Martin McGuinness claimed that Gerry Adam's arrest came from a 'dark side' in policing. There were allegations that the arrest had been timed to coincide with upcoming elections. Peter Robinson denied any political motivation behind the arrest. An article in the Guardian said that Adams' arrest would end his career in the Republic.

Explosives were found in a block of flats in north Belfast by police investigating republican paramilitary activity. It was later said that the find was the largest in ten years.

It was reported that relatives of people killed in the McGurk's Bar bombing of 1971 were to sue the British government.

2nd As the police were granted another 48 hours to interview Gerry Adams, a mural dedicated to him was put up in west Belfast, while Martin McGuinness said that the treatment of Gerry Adams could cause Sinn Féin to review their policy towards the police, and other republicans continued to accuse a 'cabal' in the PSNI of 'dark policing'. Meanwhile, a daughter of Jean McConville said she would name those responsible for her mother's murder if Adams was not charged, and the families of other 'Disappeared' victims spoke about their own suffering.

It was reported that former IRA member Peter Rodgers claimed police had approached him about making a statement about moving IRA explosives to Britain in 1980.

A pipe bomb was found in Poleglass.

3rd A rally was held in support of Gerry Adams. On the same day Sinn Féin's Alex Maskey said that the party would not withdraw support from the police; and the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, urged Gerry Adams to cooperate with the PSNI. It was also reported that Anthony McIntyre, who had been involved in the Boston project that led ultimately to Adam's arrest, was living in fear.

4th The First Minister, Peter Robinson, accused Sinn Féin of 'blackmailing' the police over Gerry Adams. He said 'The protest action taken by Sinn Féin is unacceptable in any democratic country operating under the rule of law. The publicly conveyed threat to the PSNI delivered by the highest levels of Sinn Féin that they will reassess their attitude to policing if Gerry Adams is charged is a despicable, thuggish attempt to blackmail the PSNI.'

In the afternoon, it was reported that Gerry Adams would be released without charge, but a file would be sent to the Public Prosecution Service. Adams left the police station under heavy police protection while loyalists staged a protest. Commentators questioned whether lasting damage had been caused to the peace process. In a press conference given an hour after his release, Adams said he still supported the police and the peace process, but questioned the handling of his arrest. The campaign against him was 'sustained, malicious [and] untruthful.' He also said the IRA was 'gone' and 'finished'.

5th Michael McConville, son of Jean McConville, said that Gerry Adams had threatened him with a 'backlash' if he revealed the names of the killers. 'Gerry Adams says to me, "Michael, you are getting a letter of support from the republican people". He says, "if you release the names I hope you are ready for the backlash".'

There were reports that police warned Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey about death threats from 'criminal elements'. Meanwhile, the grand chaplain of the Orange Order commented that he wished the mural to Gerry Adams was actually a memorial.

6th It was reported that Anthony McIntyre had himself contributed to the Boston College archive.

Police said they were review the number of patrols in areas of Belfast where racist hate crimes had recently taken place. The UVF had been blamed for the attacks.

Men involved in the killing of Kevin McDaid had the more serious charges against them dropped.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott rejected claims that the arrest of Gerry Adams was the work of a 'dark side' within the PSNI.

A legal challenge by retired RUC officers to a report citing police failures over the 'Good Samaritan bomb' was rejected.

7th A man was arrested over the 1998 attack on Moira police station.

Gerry Adams announced he was making a formal complaint to the PSNI about aspects of his arrest.

The NI Victims Commissioner called for pensions for Troubles victims.

MPs heard that 95 of 228 republicans 'on the run' were linked to 295 killings.

A motion to ban the sale of poppies at Queen's University Belfast was defeated.

8th Martin McGuinness accused Peter Robinson of 'cowardice of the worst kind' over alleged loyalist paramilitary attacks in east Belfast.

It was reported that the number of racist incidents had risen by 30% in the last year.

PIRA charges were dropped against four men.

Republican Seamus McLaughlin pleaded guilty to an attempted mortar attack the previous year.

Police said it would be weeks before they would send a file to the PPS on the Gerry Adams case.

Paul Mason was charged in Dublin with INLA membership.

The sister of Seamus Ruddy, one of the Disappeared, said she knew the names of the killers.

10th Petrol bombs were thrown at a house in Ballymoney. One of those to escape harm was a disabled woman.

A bomb was found in a Northern Ireland-registerd car in Dublin.

12th Gerry Adams said he believed his arrest had galvanised his party's election campaign.

Speaking in Chicago, President Higgins said that no one should receive special treatment when dealing with justice issues in NI.

13th A Belfast man was jailed for a hammer attack in Scotland carried out in defence of a woman who had been called a 'Fenian'. The victim was a member of the County of Motherwell Flute Band.

Another man from Belfast was charged over the bomb found in Dublin several days previously.

It was reported that former paramilitaries who had contributed to the Boston tapes were to sue Boston College.

Miami Showband Massacre survivor Stephen Travers met with Alan Black, who survived the Kingsmill massacre.

14th The PPS said it would not oppose an appeal by Martin McCauley of the Colombia Three against a weapons conviction.

It was reported that victims and the families of those who died in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings were to sue the British government.

Graffiti was daubed on Fourscore Orange Hall.

Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw rejected Sinn Féin's claims about a 'cabal' in the police force.

15th The last two of the twelve men charged over Kevin McDaid's murder were found not guilty.

Three men who were found with a bomb in their car were jailed.

A warning went out to youths who had been using Facebook to organise fights along sectarian lines.

A man from east Belfast who had been arrested by police investigating hate crimes appeared in court on firearms charges.

A High Court ruled that it had been unlawful not to allow a human rights watchdog access to a hearing regarding the release of Marian Price.

At midnight, a man was shot in the Ardoyne in what was described as a paramilitary-style attack.

16th During the night, a Newtownabbey house was targetted in a race hate attack.

17th The 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings was marked in Dublin.

Whiteabbey Methodist church was damaged in an arson attack.

19th Gerry Adams defended the comments made by Martin McGuinness during Adams' arrest over the Jean McConville case.

Police launched a phone line for the reporting of racist incidents.

Peter Robinson
rejected claims by SF that he was a 'coward' for not confronting UVF involvement in violence and racist intimidation.

20th Michael McKevitt's appeal against his conviction was rejected. His lawyers had been using the fact that a search warrant used against him had been issued under Section 29 of the Offences Against the State Act, which was later declared unconstitutional.

Martin McCauley of the Colombia Three had his conviction on a weapons charge quashed.

It was reported that the families of six men killed by the police, army or loyalist paramilitaries would be given compensation for unlawful delays in holding inquests.

The NI21 party switched from being a unionist to an 'other' party. This was to make a statement that they were a 'cross-community party'.

21st All charges against Willie Frazer relating to the flag protests were dropped.

22nd It was reported that the PSNI were trying to obtain all relevant material from Boston College.

President Higgins asked the British government to give up information on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

23rd The wife of Anthony McIntyre, the republican behind the Boston College tapes, complained to the Irish police and the US State Department that her correspondence was being monitored.

It was reported that Richard Haass would not get involved in the latest round of talks.

24th Clifton Orange Hall was the subject of a petrol bomb attack. A 13-year-old was later charged.

25th Two men were charged with a racist attack in Lisburn that had occurred the previous day.

Five men were arrested in Co. Louth during an investigation into republican paramilitary activity. The men were aged between 50 and 70.

Masked men shot into the air and set fire to a car in west Belfast.

26th Sinn Féin topped the poll in the European elections in Northern Ireland.

27th It was reported that the former first minister Lord Trimble was calling for an inquiry into the 1987 murder of Lord Justice Gibson and his wife Cecily.

In Dunmurray, a man was subject to a paramilitary-style attack.

28th The Police Federation said the PSNI was not doing enough to protect officers during violent street protests.

29th Alliance MP Anna Lo said she would quit politics over recent anti-Islamic remarks by Peter Robinson and Pastor James McConnell, and also because of racist remarks by loyalists.

A masked man claiming to be from the IRA threw a firebomb into the Everglades Hotel in Derry. The hotel had recently hosted a PSNI recruitment event, but police said they were keeping an open mind about the attack.

30th Former Secretary of State Peter Hain said that Historic Troubles trials gave victims and their families false hope. The vast majority of killings remain unsolved. Hain contended that there was insufficient evidence to convict anyone.

31st Rallies were held against racism.


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June 2014

1st A petrol bomb was thrown at a house in Derry.

Two men were assaulted after reporting a racist incident.

A viable device was made safe in Co. Louth.

2nd Four people were arrested during a police investigation into the UVF murders of two men in 1994.

3rd It was reported that NI's Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire was bringing legal action against the Chief Constable Matt Baggott on the grounds that he had obstructed inquiries into murder allegations against the police. It soon also emerged that the police had not handed over information on the attempted murder of one its officers, Peader Heffron.

4th It was reported that the Orange Order had once again been barred from completing its parade on the Twelfth.

Sean Kelly admitted six charges linked to a weapons training camp.

5th A PSNI recruitment event went ahead at the Everglades Hotel despite the bombing a week previously.

It was reported that one call every day was being made to the new hate crimes line.

A memo was published that showed the British authorised torture methods in the early seventies.

6th The son of RUC officer John Larmour, who had been killed by the IRA, accused the PSNI of blocking the Police Ombudsman's attempts to investigate his father's murder.

The lawyer for Ivor Bell said that the Boston project had been 'full of errors'.

A man was arrested in connection with republican paramilitary activity.

7th An anti-racism rally took place in Belfast.

Sinn Féin said that they would not attend Westminster's 'On the Runs' inquiry.

An Orange Order parade, that had been banned from passing through a certain area of the Ardoyne, passed off without incident.

9th Thomas Ashe Mellon was accused of directing republican paramilitary activity.

A Nigerian was injured during a racist attack in west Belfast. He later said that a small child had also been endangered during the incident.

Eamon Gilmore travelled to Northern Ireland to try and revive talks about flags, parades and the past.

10th Sammy Cusick of the RNU was arrested over a bomb attack occurring in Belfast in December 2013. He said that his family including his young daughter were harassed following his arrest. He subsequently suffered a heart attack.

Two brothers, Terrence and Gavin Coney, admitted involvement in a republican training camp in Co. Tyrone.

A 41-year-old man was arrested over a bomb left in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter the previous December.

Loyalist Willie Frazer was cautioned for the possession of a stun gun in his home.

Two men who had been arrested over the racist attack at Slieve Dubh in west Belfast were released.

Kevin Concannon admitted to paramilitary-related charges including possessing images of police headquarters in Liverpool.

11th Judgement was reserved in an appeal by PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott against a ruling that police wrongly facilitated flag protests.

Sharon Rafferty admitted involvement in the republican paramilitary training camp found at Fourmil Wood in March 2012.

Martin McGuinness confirmed that he would meet the Queen again when she visited Belfast in late June.

A Turkish immigrant was subject to a racist attack in the town centre duringt he afternoon.

12th A pipe bomb was found and made safe in Derry.

The PSNI said it would treat the erection of loyalist flags in a mixed area of south Belfast as a breach of the peace.

It was reported that Sinn Féin were lodging a complaint against the Department of Social Development, claiming it was biased against Catholics and nationalists.

Newtownabbey rioter Robert Stewart was called a 'complete eejit' by a judge.

An RNU member said his car had been bugged.

An 18-year-old boy was shot in the Creggan area of Derry during a paramilitary punishment attack. The boy's aunt said 'it's terrible that these things are still continuing to this day, especially in Creggan, in our community. We want peace, we're going to fight for peace, and we want this to stop.'

13th Dr Dominic Bryan of the Queen's University Belfast said that the police's decision not to allow loyalist flags in a mixed area was a 'significant shift'.

14th A six-year-old girl found what appeared to be a bomb in a garden in Westrock Park, west Belfast. However, army bomb experts declared it a hoax.

15th Colm Smyth, who survived the Loughinisisland massacre, called on those responsible to come forward.

16th The Commons speaker John Bercow vetoed an invitation to Sinn Féin's MPs to attend an event marking the centenary of the Home Rule Act.

17th A pipe bomb exploded shortly after midnight in Holywood.

A Nigerian man moving into east Belfast was greeted with posters saying 'Local Houses 4 Local People'.

18th A pipe bomb was found on Spamount Street.

Police made an appeal on the twentieth anniversary of the Loughinisland massacre.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers called on the five main parties to fix dates for talks as soon as possible.

Alliance MP Naomi Long condemned 'blatantly racist' banners placed outside a Nigerian man's home. It was later reported that police were treating the banners as a hate crime.

A boy was shot by a pellet gun in what police called a sectarian attack.

19th The police ombudsman found no evidence of police involvement in a gun attack on Gerry Adams thirty years previously.

20th Two men who had been involved in a disturbance in Larne on March 30th were described as 'foot soldiers of the UDA'.

21st Gerry Conlon, falsely convicted and imprisoned for many years over the Guildford bombings, died aged 60. Former Deputy leader of the SDLP Seamus Mallon said that the IRA were partly to blame for Conlon's long imprisonment. He said the IRA's leaders 'watched Gerry going through hell in a prison for a crime he didn't commit[...] it was nothing to them because he wasn't of their organisation, and their words ring hollow now'. He added that 'the intelligence service were well aware that the people in the Birmingham case and the people in the Guildford case were totally and absolutely innocent'.

22nd An apparent hate crime occurred against a Polish man during the early hours of the morning.

After Gerry Adams called on unionists to compromise, the DUP's Sammy Wilson said his words were 'a bit rich'.

Paul Hill, who had been wrongly convicted of the Birmingham bombings, said that false imprisonment was a worse injustice than the murders themselves.

A Catholic teenager was injured in a sectarian attack on the Fountain estate in Derry.

23rd The Queen and Prince Philip visited Belfast. Their engagements were made public and accessible in a way that would have been unthinkable in previous years.

Richard Haass urged politicians to show leadership and move towards unity.

Speaking after the death of Gerry Conlon, Michael Mansfield QC warned that Muslims could face similar miscarriages of justice.

24th The Queen continued her tour.

A man was charged with breaching an 'counter terrorist notification order'.

It was reported that a leading peace charity, the Corrymeela Community, was lacking funds because of the continuing deadlock at Stormont.

Six republicans were arrested in west Belfast and Dunmurry.

26th The senior coroner John Leckey criticised 'intolerable' delays to inquests into Troubles-related killings.

The Parades Commission said it would not review its decision to restrict a march in Portadown.

27th A coroner's court heard that the army had not identified all the soldiers involved in the Ballymurphy massacre.

The police ombudsman said that the killing in 1977 of RUC police officer Joseph Campbell 'could have been prevented'.

A 'vulnerable and easily led' man, Stephen Jones, was jailed over ammunition found in his flat.

28th Four Belfast men were remanded in custody charged with IRA membership.

Orangeman Darryl Hewitt called for the Parade's Commission to be sacked.

29th In the early morning, a racist attack occurred in the centre of Belfast.

It was reported that republicans had made a threat against a staff member of security firm G4S.

30th It was reported that the number of parades had doubled since 2005.

George Hamilton marked his first day as the PSNI head.

A pipe bomb was found at Ballymoney.


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July 2014

1st A KKK flag was taken down in east Belfast after negotiation.

Nine people were convicted in connection with the sectarian murder of Kevin McDaid.

Niall Lehd was jailed over an explosives find. His lawyer had described him as a 'Walter Mitty character'.

An alert in north Belfast was revealed to be an elaborate hoax.

Charges were dropped against Sean McVeigh, accused of murdering prison officer David Black.

2nd The main political parties held further talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron about contentious issues such as parades, flags and the legacy of the past.

Loyalists protested outside Tennent Street PSNI station in west Belfast. The protest was about four bandsmen being questioned by police.

It was reported that social unrest was causing a drop in visitors from the Republic of Ireland.

Graffiti in Moygashel warned landlords not to lease property to foreign nationals.

3rd A North South Ministerial meeting in Dublin Castle was cancelled after the DUP and the UUP withdrew from all-party talks in protest over a decision not to allow a controversial Orange Order march past the nationalist Ardoyne on its return route.

Workmen uncovered an explosive device in Killough.

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood criticised a hunger striker mural in west Belfast.

4th It was reported that Padraic Wilson and Sean Hughes, who had been involved in talks over the 2005 killing of Robert McCartney, were to stand trial for IRA membership.

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said loyalist paramilitaries would take a 'peaceful approach' over the restriction of a parade on July 12th.

IRA graffiti was daubed on Castlerobin Orange hall.

5th It was reported that the Orange Order would be meeting to discuss possible protest action over the Parade Commission's ban on their July 12th march returning along the Crumlin Road.

6th Regional development minister Danny Kennedy said the Executive should banned the restricted north Belfast parade.

7th It was reported that union flags had been put up in the grounds of a Catholic church in Ballymoney.

A 20-year-old became the victim of a paramilitary-style shooting in the Ardoyne.

It was reported that the SDLP would meet Irish political leaders regarding the DUP's walkout of talks.

A bomb alert in Strabane forced several families from their homes.

8th The five Stormont executive parties called for calm on July 12th.

It was reported that the Home Secretary had been granted the right to use secret court hearings to defend a damages claim brought by former IRA informer Martin McGartland.

9th Michael Gallagher, whose son died in the 1998 Omagh bomb, called for sanctions against those who designed a government scheme for fugitive republicans. He said 'the most basic denial of human rights that victims can get is the denial of justice'.

10th Unionist leaders called for an inquiry into the 'parades impasse'.

An 18-year-old was targetted in a west Belfast punishment shooting.

11th A legal challenge to the Parade Commmission's ban of part of an Orange Order parade was dismissed.

Police and local councillors intervened to have Sinn Féin electoral posters removed from a loyalist bonfire.

Eight people were arrested on public order offences during the Eleventh Night.

12th The Twelfth passed relatively peacefully.

A letter bomb was found at the Newtownabbey sorting office.

Ballycastle Orange Hall was targetted in a sectarian attack.

13th Secretary of State Theresa Villiers praised the 'peaceful' Twelfth. However, unionists promised to step up their campaign against parade restrictions.

It was reported that a memorial to three Scottish soldiers killed by the IRA had been vandalised once again.

Petrol bombs were thrown at Willowfield police station in east Belfast.

14th It was reported that three men had been remanded in custody following alleged rioting in Belfast during the early hours of the Twelfth.

15th A bomb alert occurred in Enagh.

A man in his thirties was shot in the leg in west Belfast.

A petrol bomb was thrown at a community organisation in east Belfast.

17th A judge found that the On the Runs scheme had not been an amnesty, and the scheme was lawful. She said that the system had shown 'systemic failings'.

18th Three men were arrested in Lucan, Co. Dublin, in connection with republican paramilitary activity.

A hoax alert occurred at the Alliance Party office in east Belfast.

19th The windows of a Belfast synagogue were smashed for a second time. Police treated the attack as a hate crime.

Masked gunmen attacked the residents of a house in Dundonald, east Belfast.

A scuffle broke out between flag protesters and pro-Palestinian protesters in Belfast.

Residents were moved during a bomb alert in east Belfast.

20th St Mary's Star of Sea church was subject to an arson attack in the early hours of the morning.

21st A security alert at Maghaberry Prison was declared a hoax.

The High Court heard that a gun found at a house in the New Lodge area of Belfast might have been used in a paramilitary-style shooting.

22nd Sinn Féin said that a parade inquiry proposed by Unionist and Orange Order leaders was 'lopsided'.

A man was 'shot by appointment' in a loyalist area of Derry.

24th It was reported that a couple had been obliged to ask the Parades Commission for permission for a wedding march.

A hate crime against a family occurred in Newry.

25th A gun cartridge was left at the Carrickfergus Alliance Party office.

Sinn Féin called for Irish flags to be removed from Bessbrook village. A spokesman said 'these flags, some may consider them as overtly sectarian, intimidating and threatening, and I think what we do not want to do in relation to this is perpetuate division.'

Owen Carron, a famous 'On the Run', spoke at an event commemorating the hunger strikes.

27th Arsonists targetted the Sinn Féin office in Derry.

28th An elderly man drowned trying to retrieve Irish flags from trees in Bessbrook. It was claimed that he had intended to replace them with a union flag.

Stephen Travers was interviewed regarding loyalist plans to commemorate one of the Miami Showband killers. Travers said that the commemorative banner should not be taken down, because it forced the question 'who are your heroes'.

29th Gunmen shot at a police car in the Bogside during the early hours of the morning.

A series of orchestrated racist attacks were carried out in east Belfast during the night.

Components of an explosive device were found in Strabane.

30th A woman was charged with terrorism offences for allegedly trying to identify people under the PSNI Witness Protection Scheme.

Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said he wanted to see a resumption of all-party talks in September.

A man found dead in Co. Meath was linked to the killing of RIRA leader Alan Ryan.

31st Colin Parry, father of a child killed in the Warrington bombings, described a meeting with Martin McGuinness as 'positive'.


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August 2014

1st DUP MP Gregory Campbell criticised republicans for displaying flags in Dungiven in commemoration of hunger striker Kevin Lynch. He said it was raising tensions.

The Housing Executive denied that it had funded a UDA plaque in the Annadale Flats area.

3rd In the early hours of the morning, a petrol bomb was thrown at a house in Letterbreen, and petrol bombs were thrown at cars in Carnmoney.

Thousands of republicans took place in a parade commemorating the hunger strikes.

A sectarian attack occurred in Coleraine.

4th A pipe bomb was thrown at a car in north Belfast. Several homes, businesses and a doctor's surgery were evacuated.

5th Plans by the Ulster Aviation Society to hold an air show at the former Maze/Long Kesh site were cancelled due to a row between the DUP and Sinn Féin. Peter Robinson had previously halted plans for a peace centre, and Martin McGuinness had responded that there could be no more development at the site until this was resolved.

6th The UDA were blamed for an arson attack on a house. The intended victim said 'I am a loyalist and was jailed before for things like an arson attack on Harryville chapel and other stuff. These elements of the UDA asked me to do things and I wouldn't do it.'

7th The former Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde said that the Historical Enquiries Team had been 'set up to fail'.

Loyal orders issued a consultative document regarding parades in Derry.

8th Gerry Adams warned that the peace process was in trouble, and criticised the Irish government's passive role. He said that the unionist stance meant negotiations would not recommence in September regarding flags, parades and the past. Meanwhile, Peter Robinson accused Sinn Féin of a 'shameless denial of economic realities' that could end devolution for the North.

A 'hate crime' against war graves on the Falls Road was reported.

9th A shot was fired in Antrim after a small internment bonfire was lit.

Police called the Apprentice Boys' parade in Derry 'exemplary'.

10th An anti-internment parade took place in Belfast. Traders complained that their custom had been affected, and loyalist protesters attacked the rally. Tourists who witnessed some of the trouble were told they were watching 'living history'.

12th A security alert occurred in the graveyard of Coleraine Catholic church.

13th A security alert at Killyleagh was declared a hoax.

A car belonging to the partner of former loyalist prisoner John Howcroft was subject to an arson attack.

A paramilitary funeral was held for republican former prisoner Tony Catney. The DUP subsequently protested.

A community centre in Rathcoole was attacked for the fourth time since April. Police treated the attacks as hate crimes.

14th Patrick Malachy Gordon pleaded guilty in the Republic for having a bomb-making list.

15th The Irish army made safe a bomb at Carrigart.

16th Sectarian graffiti was painted on Catholic churches in Lisburn, possibly in relation for vandalism of a war memorial.

An assault in Cookstown would later be called a hate crime.

18th During the early hours of the morning, paint was thrown on a war memorial in Glenavy.

A unionist motion of no-confidence in the Sinn Féin mayor of Newry was defeated.

A rally was held in support of Rathcoole community centre after it had been attacked four times.

19th It was reported that the Irish Justice Minister was passing new measures against republicans opposed to the peace process.

20th A security alert involving a lorry in Derry was declared a hoax.

Two men and two women were arrested over letter bombs sent in Northern Ireland and England.

A judgement on RIRA leader Michael McKevitt was delayed. He had been jailed in the Republic for 'directing terrorism'.

21st A man was shot in both legs in Strabane.

In a court case involving a homeless thief, it was said that he had come to the 'adverse attention of paramilitary-style organisations because of his criminal record'.

After a van was hijacked in Derry, a suspicious object within it was declared a hoax.

22nd Ireland's Supreme Court ruled that 59-year-old former RIRA leader Michael McKevitt would not be released easrly from prison.

Three men were charged with attempted murder after a feud between loyalists in north Belfast.

23rd Three prominent loyalists were charged over the attempted murder of two men, including Andre Shoukri, three days previously.

Petrol bombs were thrown between 'rival factions' in east Belfast.

24th A man was the victim of a 'paramilitary style shooting' in north Belfast.

DUP councillor Sammy Brush said he had been targetted by vandals forty times.

The DUP and TUV reported comments made by performers at the Ardoyne Fleadh as 'hate speech'.

26th A QUB study showed that there was a link between those directly affected by the Troubles and economic deprivation. For example, there was a 58% deprivation rate among people who had moved house due to attack or harassment.

Ten masked men attacked police in Dungannon.

Petrol bombs were thrown at police in east Belfast.

27th A search began in Co. Meath for the remains of IRA victim Brendan Megraw.

28th Nancy Soderberg, senior aid to Bill Clinton, accused both unionist and nationalist leaders of being 'far too stuck in the past, making progress vulnerable and even reversible'.

29th It was claimed that a Garda had sent text messages to a republican opposed to the peace process.

30th A man was shot in the legs in west Belfast.

31st On the anniversary of the IRA's 1994 ceasefire, Martin McGuinness urged still-active republican paramilitaries to declare their own ceasefire.


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September 2014

1st The High Court in Dublin rejected an appeal for early release by former RIRA leader Michael McKevitt.

2nd A Polish family said they had been harassed out of their home because of their nationality.

A Protestant girl was attacked at a sectarian interface, the latest victim in a succession of tit-for-tat violent incidents.

3rd A memorial to three Scottish soldiers killed by the IRA was attacked for the 14th time.

It was reported that a man had been arrested over two UVF murders that took place in 1994.

Shots were fired at a family home in north Belfast.

A bomb was found on a housing estate in Co. Cavan.

4th A loaded gun was found in a Belfast car park.

5th Republican Nathan Hastings from Derry was jailed for five years for possession of guns and explosives.

6th East Belfast Alliance MP Naomi Long said that women had approached her claiming to have been abused by the security forces during the 1970s.

In North Belfast, a man was shot in the feet during a paramilitary-style attack.

The chief constable George Hamilton warned of a 'strain' on the PSNI caused by having to 'deal with the past' on top of ordinary policing.

7th A suspicious object found in Strabane was identified as a hoax.

8th Tony Blair's former chief of staff Jonathan Powell said at the Westminster On the Runs inquiry that the Northern Ireland peace process was 'still quite fragile'.

9th Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness clashed over whether Northern Ireland's political institutions were 'fit for purpose'.

Theresa Villiers told the House of Commons that paramilitary suspects who had been told they were not wanted by police should 'cease to place any reliance on those letters'.

10th Derry man Kevin Concannon was sentenced over a republican paramilitary weapons haul.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson was criticised over the On the Run letters scheme.

11th A teenage boy became the victim of a sectarian assault in Belfast.

Gerry Adams said that the Northern Irish political process was in 'serious difficulty'.

Gavin and Terence Coney were jailed over a republican paramilitary training camp.

The UUP said that the Better Together campaign against Scottish independence had rejected their support two years previously.

12th On the day that Ian Paisley died, Martin McGuinness called for talks to overcome the impasse in Northern Ireland.

15th A security alert at Queen's University Belfast ended with nothing untoward found.

17th A criminal damage incident in the Waterside area of Derry was said to have sectarian overtones.

18th A private funeral was held for Ian Paisley. Earlier in the week, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness had paid tribute to him.

19th Armed men carried out racist attacks in north Belfast.

20th A bomb found at a house in Bray, in the Republic, was made safe.

21st In the wake of Scotland's decision to remain within the union, the DUP and Sinn Féin clashed over whether extra powers should be given to Stormont.

22nd The Alliance Party said that bullets had been sent to two of their members. Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown commented that 'these people are afraid of what Alliance stands for. Their attempt at intimidation will not succeed'.

Deputy chief constable Drew Harris expressed regret that the PSNI had taken a long time to hand over files on nine killings that had occurred in the 1980s.

23rd The Greater Ardoyne Residents' Collective expressed its anger at reports of a government plan to set up a legal inquiry into the issue of parades. Dee Fennell said 'people in this area are quite angry about the fact they seem to have the British secretary of state willing to set up a process that could potentially overrule a decision by the Parades Commission, which is meant to be an independent body'.

Police examined a number of items after the search of a property in south Belfast.

Shots were fired in north Belfast.

24th Sinn Féin told Secretary of State Theresa Villiers that it would not co-operate with any inquiry into the Ardoyne Parade.

25th It was reported that New IRA prisoners in Maghaberry jail were requesting relaxed security measures and improved facilities for prison visits.

Two men were taken in for questioning after guns were found in west Belfast. They were later released.

26th Former NI Secretary of State Lord Jim Prior said that IRA violence 'did work'. He also said of the conflict, 'I know we did not win it but I am not certain the other side won'.

Two men who had been released over the killing of Eamon Collins were released unconditionally.

The police admitted that the RUC failed to investigate properly the stabbing of Irish People's Liberation Organisation member Patrick Sullivan, which occurred in 1992.

A 'crude' device was left outside Keady Orange Hall.

27th A pipe bomb was found during an alert in Newtownabbey.

28th It was reported that Theresa Villiers would convene new inter-party talks.

29th Ryan McKenna from Lurgan went on trial charged with plotting to kill police with a mortar bomb.

Republicans opposed to the peace process admitted leaving a bomb outside Carnagh Orange Hall in Keady.

The DUP said it would not move forward on intra-party talks until a decision was reached on an inquiry into parades.

30th It was reported that Police Ombudsman investigations into around 300 killings including Kingsmill had been delayed due to budget cuts. It was also reported that the Historical Enquiries Team was being effectively closed because of cuts.

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October 2014

1st The remains of Disappeared victim Brendan Megraw were found in a bog in County Meath.

2nd The Justice Minister David Ford called a plan to stage at least 18 rallies over a Belfast parade dispute 'irresponsible'.

3rd John Kelly, brother of Bloody Sunday victim Michael Kelly, called cuts to the inquiry 'political'.

In the village of Convoy, Co. Donegal, an Orange Hall was burnt and a Presbyterian church attacked.

4th The home of independent councillor Padraig McShane was damaged by arsonists during the early hours of the morning. He called the incident an 'attack on democracy'. McShane was a former member of Sinn Féin.

5th Two families were targetted in racist attacks during the early hours of the morning.

It was reported that the son of IRA man Stan Carberry was challenging the government over his father's shooting.

Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said that unionists had nothing to fear from talks.

6th A group of senior US politicians wrote to Northern Ireland's leaders, urging them to end their stalemate.

A gang claiming to be UVF members robbed an elderly man in Ahoghill.

A man was shot in west Belfast by what Sinn Féin councillor Jim McVeigh called 'a criminal gang, who try to masquerade as republicans, while at the same time engaging in criminal activities themselves'.

7th In the early hours of the morning, a petrol bomb was thrown at police on the Crumlin Road. Not long afterwards, windows were smashed at a house in north Belfast in what police called a 'race hate crime'.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he hoped the Northern Ireland executive would not collapse.

8th A bomb was made safe in Newtownabbey.

Damian Murray appeared in court over the arson attack an Orange Hall in Convoy.

9th Police carried out a search in relation to republican paramilitary activity in Kinawley, County Fermanagh. Justice Minister David Ford later said that the weapons found had constituted 'a threat to the community'.

10th A man was assaulted in his home by a masked gang in Bangor.

An investigation continued into republican paramilitary activity in Fermanagh.

12th A small bomb was thrown into a van at Drumard Park, Derry.

More details about the investigation in Co. Fermanagh emerged. Police had found 'six pipe bombs, 500kg of fertiliser and home-made explosives packs, bomb timers, detonators, fuses, a gun, 100 rounds of ammunition and forensic suits and gloves'.

Martin McGuinness said that he 'liked the Queen'. 'She knows my history. She knows I was a member of the IRA. She knows I was in conflict with her soldiers, yet both of us were prepared to rise above all of that.'

The thirtieth anniversary of the Brighton Bomb was marked with a minute's silence. Lord Tebbit, whose wife was left with permanent injuries by the attack, said he could never forgive the bomber and justice had not been done.

13th A 'viable device' was found in the Ballyarnett village area of Derry. The police called it an attempt to 'lure officers to their death'.

Barry Francis Petticrew appeared in court over the bombs and weapons found at Kinawley.

A security alert in Larne was declared a hoax.

14th Maíria Cahill, great-niece of Joe Cahill, claimed the IRA forced her to conceal a rape in order to protect the republican movement.

David Gray from Ballyclare was accused of possessing explosives in suspicious circumstances.

15th It was reported that Stormont's justice committee was seeking an urgent meeting to discuss Maíria Cahill's allegations. Gerry Adams meanwhile commented 'Siobhan and I met with Joe Cahill who was Maíria's uncle. We told Joe of the allegation and asked him to speak to Maíria about reporting this to the RUC. He did so. Maíria did not want to do this at that time. I have contacted my solicitor with regard to the allegations made against me in the Spotlight programme.'

16th A man was shot in the leg by masked gunmen in the Turf Lodge area of west Belfast.

17th A man was convicted of ramming police with his wheelchair during a loyalist protest.

18th Catholic primate Eamon Martin called for 'open minds' in the latest round of talks

19th As the fallout from Mairia Cahill's allegations continued, Gerry Adams described how the IRA acted as a police force in nationalist areas during the Troubles.

20th A man was shot in the legs in west Belfast.

21st 77-year-old Gary Hart became the new US envoy to Northern Ireland.

A pipe bomb was found during an alert in east Belfast.

22nd Gerry Adams apologised to sex abuse victims 'let down' by the IRA. He said 'the IRA was ill-equipped to deal with such matters'.

23rd It was reported that the Orangemen of Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal, whose hall was destroyed in an arson attack in September, had been offered the use of a GAA hall.

Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy accused the DUP of holding the talks process to 'ransom' over the parades dispute.

A device 'designed to kill or maim' was found in Strabane.

24th A man was shot in Clonfaddan Crescent, west Belfast. He later died in hospital. However, police said they did not believe republican paramilitaries were involved.

It was reported that the number of soldiers based in Northern Ireland had fallen to its lowest level since 1969.

Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy said he had never heard of cases of alleged IRA sex abusers from Northern Ireland being sent to the Republic of Ireland.

25th A hoax alert in Poleglass caused residents to be out of their homes overnight.

26th It was reported that polls in the Republic showed that Maíria Cahill's allegations had had little effect on Sinn Féin's support.

Police in Belfast were attacked by a gang of around sixty youths.

27th A security alert occurred in Crocus Street, west Belfast.

28th A teenage boy ended up in hospital after violence in east Belfast. Meanwhile, homes were damaged in the Short Strand area.

It was reported that fewer groups granted money for bonfires had breached the conditions, for example by burning flags.

29th After a third night of disturbances in east Belfast, the PFNI said that the area's 'gang culture' must be broken up. That night, more police were injured.

A security alert began at an Alliance Party office in east Belfast.

30th A man was arrested in the Jean McConville murder inquiry.

Peter Robinson said he wanted 'encouragement but not direct involvement from the United States' during inter-party talks.

31st Charges were withdrawn against a man alleged to have stored Semtex in his flat.

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November 2014

1st In Derry, a man was shot in the leg in 'by appointment' in a punishment attack.

2nd A security alert in east Belfast was declared a hoax.

The annual silent walk for the Disappeared took place at Stormont.

Republicans fired a mortar at a police vehicle in Derry. Meanwhile, a second man was shot in the legs.

3rd It was confirmed that remains found in Co. Meath were those of Disappeared victim Brendan Megraw.

Victims campaigner Ann Travers, sister of Mary who had been killed by the IRA, said she had shut down her Facebook and Twitter accounts after facing constant abuse.

A man who caused 'mass panic' by firing shots at a flag protest was jailed for four years.

Gregory Campbell of the DUP was criticised for parodying the Irish language in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Petrol bombs, stones and bottles were thrown at police in the Creggan Heights area of Derry.

4th Colin Duffy, a prominent republican in custody accused of IRA membership, was released for questioning by police for up to 72 hours.

During the On the Runs inquiry, former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson said that Sinn Féin had wanted the issue to be dealt with through a 'political magic wand'.

5th Colin Duffy was reported to the Public Prosecution Service 'on suspicion of directing terrorism'.

A security alert in east Belfast was declared a hoax.

It was reported that educational visits organised by the Orange Order had been more popular with Catholic schools than with Protestant ones.

Derry councillor and leading republican Gary Donnelly was sentenced for painting political slogons on the walls of Derry.

A planned march to mark the second anniversary of the vote on limiting the flying of the flag over Belfast City Hall was restricted to 500 people.

6th A son of Jean McConville said he had been abused while in care.

The Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, Nils Muizneiks, said that the British government 'should pay for investigations of killings by soldiers and police during the Troubles'. Justice Minister David Ford backed his idea.

The family of Paul McCauley, who had been left in a vegetative state after a sectarian attack in 2006, accepted an apology from the police for their mishandling of the case.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains began mapping a bog in Co. Meath in search of the body of Joe Lynskey.

7th Fran Mulhern condemned republicans who fired shots over the coffin of his brother Liam, who had been a member of the CIRA.

It was reported that nearly a third of police officers had been injured on duty over the last 10 months, mostly in street disturbances. The number of bombing incidents during that period had almost halved, but recent incidents showed devices were becoming more sophisticated. There had been an increase in shooting incidents since the previous year.

9th It was reported that someone had written 'Free Colin Duffy - IRA' on the walls of Greystone Presbyterian Church.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny laid a wreath at Enniskillen War Memorial, while the Irish ambassador Daniel Mulhall attended the Remembrance Day ceremony in London.

In Poleglass, a man was shot in the legs.

10th Police investigating 'violent dissident republican activity' arrested 12 men in Newry. The arrests were later said to be linked to the CIRA.

Martin McGuinness accused DUP MLA Gregory Campbell of behaviour 'bordering on racism'.

It was reported that the relatives of Bloody Sunday victims were to challenge a decision to scale down the inquiry.

11th Seamus McLaughlin, who was caught with mortar bombs in March 2013, was jailed for 12 years.

Gerry Adams was criticised over a 'light-hearted' comment about holding newspaper editors at gunpoint. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers said this could be 'viewed as a veiled threat'. However, Adams later said he had simply referenced a historical fact, and had no intention of withdrawing his comments.

12th Police were granted more time to question the CIRA suspects arrested in Newry.

The Dáil heard that Gerry Adams had presided over an investigation that identified more than 100 victims of sexual and physical abuse by IRA and party members.

The Orange Order met with gardaí to discuss attacks on Orange halls in Co. Donegal.

13th Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said that the pace of inter-party talks had increased.

Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile accused the BBC Nolan Show of abusing the Irish language community.

14th Derry City Council held a meeting over death threats allegedly made against community safety wardens by a group calling itself the IRA.

A security alert in Maghera was declared a hoax.

Sectarian graffiti was sprayed on a children's minibus in north Belfast.

15th Police seized five guns during a raid linked to republican paramilitaries.

16th Cookstown Orange Order hall was attacked in a 'hate crime'.

It was reported that two men had been arrested during a police raid on suspected republican paramilitaries in Dublin.The operation was described as a 'major setback' for republican paramilitaries.

In the late evening, republican paramilitaries launched a rocket at police in north Belfast.

17th A court heard that MI5 had secretly recorded a group of men suspected of republican paramilitary activity. The men were arrested on November 10th.

It was reported that a memorial to three Scottish soldiers killed by the IRA had been attacked for the 19 time.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said that present arrangements into investigating killings during the recent conflict were not working.

18th It was reported that a teenage boy who had been shot in the legs by paramilitaries at the age of 15 was still living in exile a year after the attack.

19th MI5 claimed their tapes showed disputes between rival factions of the Continuity IRA.

Homes were evacuated during a security alert in south Belfast. However, a 'suspicious object' in Ballymena was declared not to be a device.

Talks began at Stormont about the 'Troubles legacy'.

20th In the Creggan Estate, Derry, a man was shot in the leg.

In Belfast, police stopped a taxi and arrested four men after finding an AK47 assault rife. One man was later questioned about a rocket attack on police three days before.

21st The BBC reported an upsurge in republican paramilitary activity.

Shots were fired at a house in Derry.

22nd DUP MP Gregory Campbell said that Sinn Féin's 'entire wish list as no more than toilet paper'. Martin McGuinness later responded that his remarks were 'absolutely appalling'.

24th Seamus Daly, in custody in connection with the Omagh bombing, was denied bail.

Gerry Adams said that the names of alleged republic sex abuses had been posted through his letter box in Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Assembly called on republicans to provide more information on the murder of Paul Quinn.

A man was remanded in custody accused of possessing a sub-machine gun.

25th Gerry Adams apologised for calling unionists 'bastards', saying he'd only meant bigotted unionists.

Justice Minister David Ford rejected the claim that republicans opposed to the peace process were controlling a wing of Maghaberry prison.

The Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney apologised for singing a republican song in a Dublin bar.

26th A barrier at Newington Street, Tigers Bay, was taken down 30 years after it was erected.

27th The republican Bobbey Storey was released following his arrest over the murder of Jean McConville.

A man was injured in a paramilitary-style shooting in west Belfast. A man was shot in a similar attack in Derry.

Five people were arrested in Dungavin by police investigating paramilitary activity. One, Sinn Féin councillor Tony McCaul, was released without charge. He later said he would take legal action over his arrest.

The government was accused of frustrating the release of files exposing a state-sponsored programme of assassination.

28th It was reported that the Irish government would ask Justice Minister David Ford to reconsider a cross-border inquiry into IRA sex abuse.

29th A union flag march in Belfast passed off peacefully.

30th Gerry Adams said he'd been warned of a loyalist death threat.

'Curry my yougrt, oil my AK-47' was spray-painted on a wall outside DUP councillor George Duddy's house. Police called it a hate crime.

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December 2014

1st Police warned of a 'strong' threat from republican paramilitaries over Christmas.

A search began in Co. Meath for the body of Disappeared victim Joe Lynskey.

2nd The trial continued of UDA paramilitaries accused of killing Catholic postman Danny McColgan in 2002.

Sinn Féin's Sean McGlinchey was arrested during an inquiry into paramilitary activity.

The Irish government said it would ask the European Court to revise its judgement in the case of a group of men who said they were tortured in Northern Ireland.

Irish language groups called for respect at Stormont.

3rd An investigation found no evidence that police colluded to protect members of the IRA who murdered Arthur Rafferty in north Belfast in 1974. However, failings by the RUC were found.

4th It was reported that the PSNI were setting up a special unit to investigate the past.

A petrol bomb attack occurred in Coleraine.

5th A court heard that the UDA had treated postman Danny McColgan as a 'legitimate target'.

6th The Apprentice Boys' Lundy's Day parade in Derry took place without incident.

Loyalist campaigner Willie Fraser said he was considering another 'Love Ulster' march in Dublin.

7th Alliance MLA Stephen Farry said that a deal between the major parties might be possible before Christmas.

A tree was planted in Co. Meath in memory of the Disappeared.

8th A man admitted hoax bomb threats in Newtownabbey.

TUV, UKIP and the PUP withdrew from a joint unionist response to the impasse over an Orange Order parade. They accused the UUP and DUP of negotiating with other parties before the impasse had been resolved.

9th Secretary of State Theresa Villiers urged politicians to 'go the extra mile' in talks.

A security alert occurred on the M1, but nothing untoward was found.

It was reported that Sean Gerard Hughes would stand trial accused of membership of the PIRA. It was alleged that in 2005, he 'addressed a meeting and the purpose of his address was to encourage support for a proscribed organisation, namely, the Irish Republican Army, or to further its activities'.

11th Cross-party talks took place at Stormont.

A security alert at a primary school in Omagh was declared a hoax.

Three men were arrested by police investigating republican paramilitary activity. All were released.

12th Martin McGuinness said that progress in Northern Ireland would be impossible without proper financial support.

15th In Newry, three men were arrested over republican paramilitary activity.

Peter Hain and Paul Murphy criticised David Cameron for leaving the talks in Belfast so early.

16th A 44-year-old man who had been arrested in Newry was charged with offences related to paramilitary activity.

Padraic Wilson denied IRA membership when questioned in court.

17th Christine Connor appeared in court accused of trying to kill a police officer in a pipe bomb attack. It was heard that she had declared on Facebook she was 'at war with the police'.

18th Bomb alerts at Newtownbreda and Bellaghy were declared to be hoaxes.

Two men were charged over an alleged CIRA meeting.

A breakthrough regarding welfare was rumoured in the all-party talks at Stormont.

It was reported that the body of Joseph Murphy, killed by the British army at Ballymurphy, would be exhumed.

Local residents complained about the filming of a Troubles-themed U2 video in south Belfast.

Man wearing balaclavas shot a man in the leg on the Falls Road.

19th An object discovered under a female soldier's car was found not to be a bomb.

21st Secretary of State Theresa Villiers told party leaders it was time to make their minds up.

22nd Joseph Pearce was accused of supplying the CIRA with 'a world of information' including where a prison officer went rambling with his children.

23rd A broad agreement on finance and welfare reform was reached at the Stormont talks.

24th US President Barack Obama praised the breakthrough at the Stormont talks.

Police were attacked during crowd trouble in Newcastle.

The Orange Order criticised Secretary of State Theresa Villiers because the NIO had said it would not investigate a controversial parade along part of the Crumlin Road.

High profile republican Pearse McAuley, who had previously been convicted of killing garda Jerry McCabe, was arrested over the stabbing of his wife.

25th The Catholic primate of all Ireland said he was 'heartened' by progress in the North.

27th It was reported that the British and Irish Governments had discussed redrawing the Northern Ireland border in 1984.

28th More released state papers showed that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had tipped off Gardaí in the Republic of Ireland about a loyalist incursion into Clontibret, County Monaghan in 1986. They also revealed that Martin McGuinness had been angry at the visit of Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald to Derry in 1985. McGuinness called it a 'pro-SDLP election stunt'. The papers also supplied details of a clash over the Irish language.

It was reported that £3.1 million had been spent on security at Stormont since Michael Stone's attempted attack in 2006.

29th A security alert at Magherafelt was declared a hoax.

30th Sinn Féin's ard chomhairle ratified the Stormont Agreement. Gerry Adams commented: 'the ard chomhairle remains concerned that the governments had failed to deliver on their outstanding commitments including a bill of rights, acht na Gaeilge, and an inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane and other outstanding matters. The recent talks demonstrated that with the five main parties acting together, significant progress can be made to safeguard the most vulnerable and to rebuild the reputation of the political institutions'.

31st An alert in Downpatrick was dismissed as a hoax.

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