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.
July 5, 1999 |
In a land where religion and intolerance often walk hand in hand, the peaceful march by members of the Protestant Orange Order that took place Sunday was no small feat. The peace was carefully scripted, to be sure, secured by miles of barbed wire, hundreds of soldiers and police, and a ban on parading through a Roman Catholic neighborhood.
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.
June 30, 1998 |
Tensions rose in Northern Ireland after Protestants were banned Monday from marching--in the ceremonial garb of their Orange Order brotherhood--through a Catholic area next weekend. Keen to keep a power-sharing peace agreement for the troubled province on track, the British government has already sent an extra 1,000 troops to Northern Ireland to deal with possible violence during the Protestant "marching season."
April 17, 1998 |
She remembers hunger, 12 years without a single piece of meat, three years behind an iron door, walking silently in circles inside a women's prison. The pain seems heavy in her bones, and a piece of Bridie Letzer's heart lies buried in all the graves of Northern Ireland. It will take more than a peace agreement to heal such wounds, to balance generations of strife and suffering with cohesion and acceptance.