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#Dissident Republicans

# dissident-republicans - Wednesday 23 May, 2012

Column: Parents bringing their children to be kneecapped. Yes, this is Ireland.

Self-styled republican vigilantes are terrorising a city, writes Seamus Breslin – and perceived neglect by authorities is fuelling the fire.

# dissident-republicans - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

File being prepared for DPP over Dublin arrest

One of the two men arrested yesterday by gardaí investigating dissident republicans has been released, but a file is being prepared for the DPP.

# dissident-republicans - Monday 6 February, 2012

Two men arrested in connection with dissident activities

Both men were arrested in north county Dublin this morning.

# dissident-republicans - Friday 20 January, 2012

Verdict due in trial over murder of Northern Ireland-based soldiers

Judgement in the six-week-long Massereene trial is due later today.

# dissident-republicans - Monday 26 September, 2011

Three men arrested following two security alerts in Northern Ireland

Delays have been caused to transport links following the discovery of suspect devices on the outskirts of Derry and in Newry.

# dissident-republicans - Saturday 24 September, 2011

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things to know on this Saturday morning.

# dissident-republicans - Friday 23 September, 2011

Nine arrested in sweeping raids on suspected dissident republicans

Weapons and suspected explosives were also uncovered during 15 separate operations yesterday.

# dissident-republicans - Sunday 14 August, 2011

Martin McGuinness condemns violence in Derry

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister has called yesterday’s violence in Derry “unacceptable” and challenged those involved “to come out and try and defend the incidents”.

# dissident-republicans - Friday 29 July, 2011

Woman arrested during Kerr murder investigation released

A PSNI Chief Constable has defended the investigation in the wake of critical comments by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

# dissident-republicans - Friday 15 July, 2011

Ten arrested in Balbriggan dissident swoop

The men were detained as part of an investigation into dissident activities.

# dissident-republicans - Sunday 10 July, 2011

Real IRA suspects arrested in Portugal over 'arms trafficking'

Guns and ammunition were seized as police swooped on the pair, according to reports.

# dissident-republicans - Monday 27 June, 2011

Two men still being questioned over large explosives find

The arrests took place at a bomb-making factory manufacturing weapons for a dissident republican faction, according to reports.

# dissident-republicans - Thursday 23 June, 2011

Rory McIlroy 'saddened' by renewed violence in Belfast

With tensions remaining high in the city last night, the US Open champion has said: “Northern Ireland deserves peace.”

# dissident-republicans - Tuesday 21 June, 2011

Men arrested over suspected dissident activity remain in custody

The men were arrested on 19 June by gardaí attached to the Special Detective Unit.

# dissident-republicans - Monday 20 June, 2011

Gardaí seize stolen alcohol as part of dissident investigation

Six men were arrested in Louth and Westmeath this morning after two stolen trucks were seized on the M1 near Drogheda.

# dissident-republicans - Thursday 9 June, 2011

Gardaí probe possible dissident link to Dublin murder

A father-of-four was killed when a group of gunmen fired through the widows of his home in Clondalkin, Dublin, at 4am this morning.

# dissident-republicans - Tuesday 7 June, 2011

British police say suspicious package linked to dissident republicans is a hoax

The package had been linked to dissident republicans in Northern Ireland but police have dismissed the link and said the package was a hoax.

# dissident-republicans - Sunday 22 May, 2011

The 9 at 9: Sunday

In today’s 9 at 9: State funeral for Garret FitzGerald; final preparations for Obama; another volcanic eruption; elections in Spain; weak children; and the glory that was Leinster in Cardiff.

# dissident-republicans - Monday 16 May, 2011

Republican dissidents issue London bomb threat

Scotland Yard says the warning is “non-specific” in time and location – there have been two other security alerts in central London today.

# dissident-republicans - Sunday 15 May, 2011

Taoiseach says Queen's visit will be the 'start of a new era'

Enda Kenny said that the sites the Queen has chose to visit, including the Garden of Remembrance and Croke Park, are “sensitive and appropriate”.

# dissident-republicans - Saturday 14 May, 2011

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In your Fix this evening: The palace is looking forward to the Queen’s visit but Sinn Féin most definitely is not; the woman who was decapitated in Tenerife yesterday is named; Haiti’s new president takes office; Dylan gets defensive; and Jedward goes global.

Dissident republicans 'attempted to acquire rocket launchers and missiles' ahead of Queen's visit

The developments will mean that, controversially, British police protection officers will carry firearms on the streets of Dublin next week, according to The Times newspaper.

# dissident-republicans - Friday 13 May, 2011

Three men due in court on suspicion of dissident activity

They are charged with allegedly threatening a rival pub to shut down.

# dissident-republicans - Tuesday 10 May, 2011

Woman held over Ronan Kerr murder

A 36-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the murder of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr; she is currently being questioned in Antrim Police Station.

# dissident-republicans - Sunday 8 May, 2011

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know at 9am: Appeal for missing person; Northern assembly filled; violence in Egypt; a one per cent cut on Ireland’s bailout; Queen’s visit concerns; and the French president intervenes in his country’s racial quota row.

# dissident-republicans - Friday 15 April, 2011

Single bombmaker suspected in Ronan Kerr murder

Explosives used in car bomb matches Semtex used in three previous bombing attacks.

# dissident-republicans - Monday 11 April, 2011

Sinn Féin leader Adams offers to be a mediator with dissident republicans

Gerry Adams made the offer this morning in response to yesterday’s walk for peace in memory of murdered PSNI officer Ronan Kerr earlier this month.

# dissident-republicans - Sunday 3 April, 2011

Widespread condemnation as violence returns to the streets of Omagh

Colleagues have paid tribute to 25-year-old PSNI officer Ronan Kerr, who was killed when a booby-trapped carbomb detonated as he left for work yesterday afternoon in Omagh, Co Tyrone.

# dissident-republicans - Friday 18 February, 2011

Police in Northern Ireland get extra £245m to combat terror threat

The move follows an increase in the threat from dissident republicans.

# dissident-republicans - Tuesday 8 February, 2011

Belfast bomb was pinned to child's bicycle

One of two bombs uncovered during a major bomb scare in north Belfast last month was tied to a child’s bike.

# dissident-republicans - Thursday 27 January, 2011

Security alert in north Belfast continues after device found

PSNI officers in north Belfast are examining a suspicious device after a viable pipe bomb was discovered in the area.

# dissident-republicans - Thursday 20 January, 2011

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: five members of the cabinet have now resigned; Fine Gael renews its call for an immediate general election; and the ESRI revises its economic forecast for the coming year.

# dissident-republicans - Wednesday 1 December, 2010

Four arrested in garda probe into dissident activity

A mortar type device was uncovered and four men have been arrested as part of an ongoing garda investigation.

# dissident-republicans - Thursday 14 October, 2010

Three charged after dissident inquiry

Firearms charges follow investigation into dissident republican activity.

# dissident-republicans - Tuesday 21 September, 2010

Pubs paying €1,000 a month to dissidents, claims RIRA member

Report this morning claims dissident extortion racket going on in Dublin.

# dissident-republicans - Wednesday 15 September, 2010

Real IRA threatens to increase terror campaign

Dissident republican group also says it sees banks and bankers as targets.

# dissident-republicans - Monday 16 August, 2010

A SECOND MAN has appeared in court in connection with a car bomb outside the Strand Road PSNI station in Derry earlier this month.

Thomas Christopher Nash, 53, from Iveagh Park, Prehen, was charged with possessing weapons and intent to endanger life or property. He denies the charges.

Two men forced a taxi driver to take them and a 200lb bomb to the police station early on 3 August. The bomb exploded causing damage to a number of nearby businesses, but no one was injured.

Police discovered guns and ammunition in searches at Nash’s marital home and a second address where he lives.

Bail was refused by the judge, who said the discovery of a rifle coupled with balaclavas and a sighting scope was extremely dangerous. Nash is due to appear in court again next month.

On Friday, a 42-year-old man was remanded on charges of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property. He remains in custody and will appear in court on 2 September.

# dissident-republicans - Friday 13 August, 2010

ONE MAN HAS been remanded by a court in Derry in connection with the 200 lb bomb attack in Derry. Philip O’Donnell, 42, from Baldrick Crescent in Derry, was charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property.

The court was heavily guarded for O’Donnell’s appearance. He faces 12 charges in total, including charges relating for hijacking a taxi and membership of a banned republican organisation.

Chief Inspector Ian Magee told the court that he believed the O’Donnell would interfere with witnesses if released on bail. O’Donnell’s legal team said he suffered from health issues which “require constant care”.

Bail was refused. O’Donnell was ordered to appear in court again on 2 September for a video link hearing. A second man in his 50s is still being questioned by police about the bombing.

Two men forced a taxi driver to take them and the device to a PSNI station on Strand Road 10 days ago. No one was injured in the ensuing explosion, but police said they believe a phone call warning them of the device was deliberately mistimed to increase the likelihood of injury.

A CCTV camera on Strand Road captured the moment of the blast:

The camera is motion-sensitive and only captures images when something moves, so the gap between the car driving away and the explosion is estimated at about 8 minutes.

A PROTEST PLANNED by dissident republicans for Derry tomorrow has been called off. The protest was linked to the Maghaberry prison dispute, which was resolved yesterday.

Dissident republican prisoners at the Derry jail had complained of excessive strip-searching and launched a ‘dirty protest’ against authorities. Prison wardens were offered protective clothing when urine was thrown at them.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Creggan Enterprises from Derry and the Dialogue Advisory Group were all involved in negotiations to end the long-running prison dispute. Agreement was reached on the three issues the prisoners felt were most important.

Northern Ireland’s justice minister David Ford welcomed the resolution of the prison dispute, saying:

A safe, secure and humane prison regime is at the heart of a ‘healthy prison’ and the full compliance of all parties with this agreement will lead to enduring stability.

Yesterday, Minister Micheál Martin appealed to dissidents in Northern Ireland to stop targeting PSNI officers.

The republican protest in Derry was due to take place at the same time as the Apprentice Boys’ parade.

Who are the Apprentice Boys?

The Apprentice Boys is a Protestant fraternal group based in Derry, but with a global membership. The organisation annually commemorates the 1689 siege of Derry.

During the siege, 13 apprentice boys closed the city gates on the army of Catholic King James II with the cry “no surrender”. The closing of the gates is marked by the Apprentice Boys in December, and their August parade celebrates the ending of the siege.

The parade was banned and limited for some years during the Troubles, but has been allowed to proceed relatively unimpeded in recent years.

[caption id="attachment_11314" align="alignnone" width="292" caption="Protestant Apprentice boys march through the streets of Ballymena in April, 2006."][/caption]

# dissident-republicans - Thursday 12 August, 2010

THE MINISTER for foreign affairs Michéal Martin says that he is extremely concerned about security in Northern Ireland, and has condemned attacks on police officers, RTÉ reports.

There have been a series of attacks on PSNI officers, particularly Catholic officers, recently – which Martin has blamed on dissident republicans.

On Saturday the Apprentice Boys of Derry marches will take place, as well as a controversial feeder parade in Ardoyne. Martin said that he hoped the events would unfold peacefully.

A claim made by Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, in which he said that the Irish government and the British authorities had been involved in secret talks with dissident republicans was denied by a spokesperson for the minister.

Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster, McGuinness said:

I encourage dialogue, I think it is important… I do understand the governments will come out and say that this isn’t true, it isn’t happening, and they have all sorts of mechanisms and phrases to use which cover themselves, but the reality is that some of these dissident groups, I know for a fact, have been involved in discussions with both the Irish and the British government in recent times.

However, Northern Secretary Owen Paterson last week denied that such talks were being held:

You cannot have any meaningful talks with people who are not committed to peaceful means… They are not listening. They are disparate. They are a very small armed group with no discipline or clear focus on where they are going.