June 22, 2000 |
An explosion rocked a Roman Catholic area of Belfast, injuring two men, officials said. The BBC cited "security sources" as saying an explosive device caused the blast. Northern Ireland police said it was not yet clear what prompted the bomb attack. The explosion came a day after a pro-British guerrilla group, the Ulster Freedom Fighters, threatened to end its six-year cease-fire unless Catholic republicans stopped attacking Protestants in Belfast, the provincial capital.
March 23, 1988
A Protestant gunman was charged in a Belfast court in the killing of three mourners at a Roman Catholic funeral in Northern Ireland last week, an attack with grenades and gunfire that wounded 68 others. He told police that he "alone carried out this military operation in retaliation for the murder of innocents" by the outlawed Irish Republican Army.
September 28, 1989 |
Gov. George Deukmejian has vetoed legislation that would have guided California's pension fund investments away from companies with operations that practice religious or ethnic discrimination in Northern Ireland, the governor's office announced Wednesday. In his veto message, Deukmejian said he believed that the bill, by Assemblyman John Burton (D-San Francisco), would do more harm than good because it would discourage investment in Northern Ireland.
June 14, 1999 |
Eleven police officers were injured in overnight rioting in the Northern Ireland town of Portadown, a long-running flash point between Protestants and Roman Catholics, police said Sunday. BBC television said several members of the public were hurt, but no serious injuries were reported. Reuters photographer Paul McErlane said he saw about 100 masked, pro-British "loyalists" throw stones and other objects at security forces at the end of a traditional street parade.
April 3, 1999 |
It's been 30 years since a Protestant mob showed up with guns at Kathy Nolan's door, ordered her family out and then burned down the street. But it's the first thing the Roman Catholic mother of four remembers when asked whether the time has come for the Irish Republican Army to hand over its weapons, what locals term "decommissioning." "In 1969, there was no one to stop the loyalists," she says, claiming Protestant police officers did nothing to intervene.
July 13, 2000 |
To the beat of pounding drums, Protestant hard-liners in this British province marched by the tens of thousands Wednesday and vowed to protest until they regain the right to parade past Roman Catholic areas. More than 80,000 members of the Orange Order paraded through Belfast, the provincial capital, and 17 other towns to commemorate Protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II on July 12, 1690.