October 23, 2001 |
In a historic bid to end Northern Ireland's three-decade armed conflict, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams called on the Irish Republican Army on Monday to give up its guns to save the Good Friday peace process. Adams issued the call to party activists in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as Sinn Fein negotiator Martin McGuinness delivered the message to Irish American supporters in New York--choreographed steps by the IRA's political wing apparently designed to prepare their base for disarmament.
October 16, 2001 |
A mobile phone used by an IRA splinter group that planted a bomb in the town of Omagh three years ago belonged to the only defendant charged in the devastating Northern Ireland attack, a police witness told Ireland's anti-terrorist court. On the second day of the Dublin trial of Colm Murphy, a pub owner charged with conspiring to cause explosions in Northern Ireland, a senior detective testified that police seized two mobile phones and phone bills during a 1999 raid on Murphy's home.
September 30, 2001 |
A shadowy Protestant gang claimed responsibility Saturday for shooting to death a Catholic investigative journalist, the first such slaying in the 30-year history of this British province's conflict. The killing of Martin O'Hagan, 51, as he walked home from a pub in his hometown of Lurgan raised pressure on Britain to crack down on outlawed Protestant groups, which are supposed to be observing cease-fires in support of Northern Ireland's 1998 peace accord.
September 29, 2001 |
A Catholic journalist was killed in a drive-by shooting hours after Britain warned Northern Ireland's largest outlawed Protestant group to stop attacks on Catholics and police or face the consequences. Police said Martin O'Hagan was killed walking home in Lurgan, a town southwest of Belfast. No group claimed responsibility. O'Hagan had made many enemies with his hard-hitting reports on the Protestant paramilitary. The shooting came after Britain announced the Ulster Defense Assn.
September 7, 2001 |
In what qualifies as progress on the mean streets of Northern Ireland, Protestant demonstrators turned their backs on pipe bombs and stone-throwing Thursday but not on the hatred that often has made North Belfast a front line of the province's sectarian conflict. The Ardoyne neighborhood, where Roman Catholic girls and their parents walked a gantlet of abuse to school for the last four days, is a hard place with hardened people.
September 6, 2001 |
In a scene reminiscent of the worst days of U.S. school desegregation, Protestant extremists in Northern Ireland threw a homemade bomb at Roman Catholic girls and their parents walking to school Wednesday through a gantlet of hatred and riot police. Two police officers were wounded in the blast claimed by an outlawed Protestant paramilitary group that calls itself the Red Hand Defenders.