March 2, 1988
Britain's relations with the Irish Republic became further inflamed as controversy grew over the fatal shooting Feb. 21 of a young Roman Catholic by a British soldier near the republic's border with Northern Ireland. Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey challenged the British contention that Aiden McAnespie, 23, was shot accidentally as he was about to cross the border en route to work.
January 3, 1987 |
Protestants on Friday renewed their campaign against the Anglo-Irish agreement that grants the Irish Republic a consultative role in governing this British province by launching a drive for signatures on a petition asking Queen Elizabeth II to intervene on their behalf. Led by the Rev. Ian Paisley, Protestants lit dozens of bonfires across the province to begin a campaign for 250,000 signatures on the petition.
July 6, 2001 |
The prime ministers of Britain and Ireland will hold a two-day summit next week with Northern Ireland political leaders amid signs that Britain is growing increasingly impatient with the Irish Republican Army's refusal to disarm. Britain's Tony Blair and Ireland's Bertie Ahern will meet Monday in London, then move to a secluded mansion in the English Midlands for talks that are to include unionist and republican leaders in a bid to break the deadlock in Northern Ireland's peace process.
November 16, 1991 |
Hundreds of additional soldiers were assigned Friday to Northern Ireland to quell the worst outburst of sectarian violence in years--seven civilians killed in 36 hours. Part-time members of three battalions of the locally based Ulster Defense Regiment were called to full-time duty by the British army commander, Lt. Gen. Sir John Wilsey.
July 30, 1991 |
"Oh give me a home, where there's no Pope o' Rome, where there's nothin' but Protestants stay. . . ," sing the drunken youths, swaying arm in arm around the bonfire that belches smoke into the midnight Ulster air. Atop the celebratory pyre, flames engulf an effigy of John Paul II and the loathed green, white and orange flag of the Irish Republic--the "foreign" land to the south.