April 30, 1991
Political leaders in Northern Ireland will begin new talks on the future of the province today, in what has been described as a "historic opportunity" to end ongoing violence between the mostly Catholic minority who want unification with the Republic of Ireland to the south and the mostly Protestant majority who prefer British rule. It is portrayed as the first time in 15 years that the leaders of the various political parties will formally sit down to talk directly to one another.
June 13, 1995
The first parliamentary by-election in Northern Ireland since last September's cease-fire will be take place Thursday in North Down and will serve as a barometer of attitudes about the peace process in the British province. Northern Ireland lawyer Bob McCartney, 59, is favored to take the House of Commons seat.
December 14, 1993
British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds are expected to confer by telephone this week to try to agree on language that could serve as a peace declaration for Northern Ireland. The Irish leader says 70% of the document, whose contents remain secret, has been agreed on and could be presented at a summit this month.
February 6, 1992 |
Protestant extremists raked a crowded betting shop with gunfire Wednesday, killing five people and wounding nine others in what they called revenge for IRA violence. The attack on the Roman Catholic gamblers raised the number of dead in political and sectarian violence to 12 this week, one of the grimmest in the province in years. The Ulster Freedom Fighters, a Protestant group that targets Catholics, said it mounted the attack in what it called "one of the IRA's most active areas."
November 7, 2001 |
Moderate Protestant leader David Trimble won reelection as first minister of Northern Ireland on Tuesday, overcoming a bid by hard-line unionists to topple the province's power-sharing government. But Trimble's victory speech was interrupted by scuffles between lawmakers in the Stormont assembly building in the provincial capital, Belfast, as furious supporters of the Rev. Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party tried to drown out Trimble's remarks with taunts of "cheat."
September 20, 1988 |
Downtown Belfast was hit by its third bomb in a month today when an explosion tore through a building site.
July 25, 1988 |
Assailants shot and killed a Belfast member of the Irish Republican Army's political wing today as Cardinal John O'Connor of New York, delivering a sermon a mile away, denounced Americans who "romanticize violence" in Ireland.
October 11, 1996 |
Detectives interrogated a Belfast man in connection with an Irish Republican Army attack on the British army's regional headquarters that returned bombing to Northern Ireland. Police arrested the man after the Thiepval barracks were struck Monday by two car bombs that injured 31 people. The suspect can be held for up to a week without being charged.
January 11, 2002 |
Sectarian tensions in North Belfast erupted into violence for the second night as Protestant and Roman Catholic youths hurled rocks and a Molotov cocktail at Northern Ireland police and soldiers keeping them apart. The violence was sparked Wednesday by an argument between two women as parents picked up their children from a Catholic school in a Protestant enclave. Late Thursday, hundreds of Catholic and Protestant youths gathered in the Ardoyne district, pelting police in riot gear.
December 24, 2002 |
The family of a teenager infected with the human form of "mad cow" disease won final legal approval in Northern Ireland to receive an experimental treatment that has never been tested on humans. Northern Ireland's highest-ranking judge, Robert Carswell, said he agreed with a previous ruling allowing Jonathan Simms, 18, of Belfast to be treated for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.