March 14, 2009 |
If anything was symbolic of Northern Ireland as a more hopeful, more harmonious work-in-progress, it was the tiny province's new police force. With more Roman Catholics in its ranks than ever before, a force that was a Protestant bastion and viewed as a harsh instrument of British rule has embarked on a slow-but-steady transformation into one dedicated to protecting the entire community. Where officers once patrolled in armored vehicles, they now ride in squad cars and on motorcycles.
June 18, 2009 |
More than 100 Romanians in Northern Ireland were left scrounging for shelter Wednesday after being driven from their homes in a spate of racist violence that has shocked a region still nursing the wounds of decades of sectarian conflict. Officials and community leaders in Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital, roundly condemned the attacks, whose targets were ethnic Roma, or Gypsies, a minority group that has been subject to discrimination and mistreatment across Europe. No injuries were reported.
June 16, 2002 |
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to hold crisis talks on the Northern Ireland peace process to head off sectarian tensions and fears of new Irish Republican Army activity, officials said. Sectarian tensions are high in Belfast, where Protestant and Roman Catholic mobs have clashed almost nightly in recent weeks. Paramilitary groups are suspected of being behind the sectarian trouble that has seen civilians injured by gunfire and dozens of police officers wounded.
July 10, 1996 |
Rioting in Northern Ireland sparked by clashes over the Protestant "marching season" grew into the province's most widespread violence in two years, putting peace talks on hold, threatening a resumption of sectarian warfare and prompting London to prepare about 1,000 troops for deployment to the region. The disturbances began Sunday when police stopped a Protestant fraternal organization from parading through a Roman Catholic neighborhood in Portadown, 25 miles south of Belfast.
October 19, 2012 |
LONDON - The opening of Northern Ireland's first private abortion clinic Thursday in Belfast drew hundreds of noisy demonstrators, who hoisted placards with messages such as "Keep Ireland abortion-free. " The clinic, operated by Marie Stopes International, will offer sexual health and family planning advice and, in certain cases, treatment with nonsurgical abortion and follow-up counseling. "We understand the culture here in Northern Ireland; we don't want to change the culture … and have abortion on demand.
July 14, 1999 |
Prime Minister Tony Blair's emergency legislation to save the Northern Ireland peace process was passed by Britain's House of Commons today but failed to address Protestant leaders' concern about arms decommissioning. The Northern Ireland Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons after eight hours of heated debate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2000
Josias Cunningham, 66, who led Northern Ireland's top Protestant party. Cunningham was elected president of the Ulster Unionist Council, the governing body of the Ulster Unionist Party, in 1991. Last November he played a key role in resolving the party's debate over whether to join a new regional government with Sinn Fein, the political allies of the Irish Republican Army.
November 10, 1996 |
The youth hostel association of Northern Ireland is offering budget travelers a special deal--six nights' accommodation and a bus pass to explore the country--for $88. You can purchase the Go-As-You-Please package at the Belfast International Youth Hostel at 22-32 Donegall Road, telephone 011-44-1232-315435. Beds are $15 per night, and the hostel offers bicycle storage, a restaurant, international pay phones and a TV lounge. There is no curfew.
April 13, 1998 |
A suspect in an IRA attack, whose extradition to Germany was halted by Britain's government, has returned to Northern Ireland, her mother said Sunday. Roisin McAliskey was arrested in November 1996 and held in London without charges while fighting extradition to Germany. Police there want to question her about a June 1996 mortar attack on a British army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Nobody was injured in the Irish Republican Army strike. She denied involvement.
January 17, 1988
Two British soldiers and a Roman Catholic man have been shot to death, the first fatalities blamed on sectarian terrorists in Northern Ireland in 1988. Police said Capt. Timothy David Armstrong, 29, a member of the Ulster Defense Regiment, a locally recruited British army unit, was killed on a Belfast street. A second member of the regiment, William J. Stewart, 23, was fatally wounded near Coalisland, 35 miles west of Belfast.