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.
June 14, 2000 |
Three men were convicted Tuesday of shipping weapons to Ireland but acquitted of the most serious charges against them. Conor Claxton, Martin Mullan and Anthony Smyth were acquitted on charges of shipping weapons to terrorists and conspiracy to maim or murder people in a foreign country. If they had been convicted of the more serious charges, they could have faced up to life in prison.
September 13, 1994 |
Protestant militants claimed responsibility for a bomb that injured two train passengers Monday and said the attack was a warning that Northern Ireland's Protestant majority will not be "coerced, forced or persuaded into a united Ireland." The attack was the first in Ireland since the Irish Republican Army announced a cease-fire Aug. 31 in its violent 25-year campaign to drive the British from Northern Ireland. Britain and Ireland appealed to the IRA not to retaliate.
December 14, 1988 |
In an extraordinary public announcement certain to severely strain Anglo-Irish relations, Ireland's attorney general said Tuesday that he has rejected a British request to extradite a former Roman Catholic priest on terrorism charges because the accused could not get a fair trial here. Irish Atty. Gen.
November 28, 1987 |
The country's most wanted fugitive, a maverick Irish nationalist guerrilla known as "the Border Fox," was arrested on Friday after a gun battle at a roadblock in which he was wounded and another man was killed, police said. Dessie O'Hare was shot in the arms, legs and chest when he tried to burst through the roadblock in a car. Sought as a suspect in up to 30 killings, O'Hare had vowed he would never be taken alive.