November 11, 1994 |
Police arrested two Irish Republican Army suspects Thursday after gunmen killed a postman in a botched robbery, sending shock waves through Northern Ireland's fragile peace process. The killing was the first in the British-ruled province to be linked to the IRA since it announced a cease-fire in August, but the group denied breaking its pledge. Ireland's justice minister, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, rescinded plans to release jailed IRA prisoners early.
January 21, 1987
Two gunmen burst into a hotel in the Irish Republic and killed two men linked to the outlawed Irish National Liberation Army, a splinter group of the Irish Republican Army. The INLA later claimed responsibility, and there was speculation that the attack was linked to a feud within the group, which is fighting to drive the British out of Northern Ireland. Police said that two other men were injured in the attack, in Drogheda, 30 miles from Dublin.
July 23, 1994 |
Masked gunmen killed a Catholic businessman while his girlfriend pleaded for mercy at their apartment outside Belfast on Friday, and five shops in the city were firebombed, police said. The man, 44, was shot at a pro-British housing estate. Police suspect an extremist Protestant group fighting to keep Northern Ireland under British rule. Three bombs in the main shopping area caused extensive damage. Police suspect the Irish Republican Army, fighting to end British rule.
November 28, 1998 |
A drug dealer was convicted Friday of murdering a well-known Irish crime reporter to silence her exposes on the country's underworld. Paul Ward, 34, remained stone-faced as a special court of three judges that normally hears terrorist cases sentenced him to life in prison for the slaying of Veronica Guerin. Guerin had already been shot in the leg and beaten several times by thugs in previous attacks when she slowed to a stop at an intersection in a Dublin suburb in June 1996.
July 6, 1996 |
On a fine summer day, Veronica Guerin had to appear in traffic court in Naas, a town just outside this inviting capital, which is legendary for its lovely Georgian squares, graceful bridges and congenial pubs and restaurants. After Guerin, an award-winning journalist, paid a speeding fine, she was en route at 1 p.m. to discuss her next investigative report with her editor at the Sunday Independent newspaper. She stopped her sporty crimson Opel at a red light.
May 23, 1994 |
Two gunmen opened fire while attempting to bomb a fund-raiser for IRA prisoners, killing one man and wounding another, police said Sunday. It was the first bombing attempt in Dublin since the 1970s. Police searched for the gunmen who left the 18-pound bomb, which failed to detonate. The Ulster Volunteer Force, an outlawed Protestant paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, claimed responsibility for the Saturday night attack.