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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Troubles

Last month
May 2023
# Memorial
Wreath laying takes place to mark 49th anniversary of Dublin-Monaghan bombings
35 people were killed by four no-warning bombs in 1974.
This year
# Disappeared
Search of Co Monaghan bog for remains of Columba McVeigh has resumed
The current search began in October but was suspended in November due to ‘dangerous’ ground conditions.
# Troubles
Family of man tortured by British military into murder confession awarded £350,000
Liam Holden’s conviction was quashed in 2012 and he received £1 million in damages for the miscarriage of justice.
# Aidan McAnespie
Suspended sentence for ex-British soldier convicted of 1988 manslaughter of Aidan McAnespie
In November, David Jonathan Holden, 53, was convicted of the manslaughter of Aidan McAnespie in February 1988.
Aidan McAnespie, 23, was killed in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, moments after walking through a border security checkpoint.
In November, David Jonathan Holden, 53, was convicted of the manslaughter of Aidan McAnespie in February 1988.
Members of McAnespie’s family were in court for the sentencing hearing.
'We didn't want a pound of flesh': Aidan McAnespie's brother critical of sentence for David Holden
# Aidan McAnespie
'We didn't want a pound of flesh': Aidan McAnespie's brother critical of sentence for David Holden
David Jonathan Holden, 53, was sentenced to three years at Belfast Crown Court this afternoon.
# Troubles
Former British soldier convicted of killing Aidan McAnespie to be sentenced next week
He will serve a maximum of two years in jail regardless of the sentence, under a clause in the Good Friday Agreement.
# westminster
Tearing up Northern Ireland legacy Bill risks five-year delay, UK minister warns
Johnathan Caine holds out the prospect of further changes to the proposed law in a bid to meet the concerns of victims and survivors.
Last year
# Troubles
Progress at five peace wall sites in Northern Ireland
Work is ongoing to reduce or remove the walls which were built to separate communities during the Troubles.
# Belturbet
Senior garda makes plea for people to come forward and help them find Troubles terror bombers
Nobody has been charged in relation to the crime.
# Disappeared
Search of bog for 1975 IRA victim Columba McVeigh is paused for winter
Columba McVeigh is one of the “Disappeared” victims of the Troubles whose bodies have still to be found.
# Troubles
Belfast actor Ciarán Hinds calls on Truss to scrap UK Govt's controversial Troubles legacy plan
The Bill is set for consideration by the House of Lords.
# Northern Ireland
Inquest findings into death of Derry mother shot by soldier to be sent to prosecution service
Kathleen Thompson was killed by a bullet to the chest in her back garden in Derry in 1971.
# Troubles Legacy Bill
Politicians to attend screening of film about Troubles killings
The first official showing of the film, made by Mobile Media and The Truth and Justice Movement, will take place on Wednesday at Leinster House.
# The North
UK Govt’s controversial Troubles legacy plan ‘can be improved’, says new NI Secretary of State
Chris Heaton-Harris said there is ‘no ideal solution’ on addressing Northern Ireland’s troubled past.
# Troubles Bill
Rally calls for scrapping of UK Government’s controversial Troubles legacy plan
Hundreds attended the ‘Time for Truth’ demonstration in Belfast on Sunday.
# Northern Ireland
Controversial Troubles Bill may not be human rights compliant, warns European commissioner
The Bill has been opposed by political parties and victims groups in Northern Ireland and the Irish government.
# Dennis Hutchings
Family of Troubles victim call for removal of memorial to British soldier who died while facing trial
Dennis Hutchings died last year while on trial for the attempted murder of John Pat Cunningham.
# Dennis Hutchings
Criticism of military barracks memorial to ex-British soldier accused of murder
The memorial was officially unveiled last weekend.
# Troubles
Bloody Friday: Taoiseach pays tribute to victims on 50th anniversary of 'devastating' bombings
Nine people were killed and approximately 130 others were seriously injured on this day in 1972.
# Springhill Shootings
Families vow to keep fighting for truth 50 years after Springhill shootings
The victims included a Catholic priest and three teenagers.
# Northern Ireland
'Utterly shameful' Troubles legacy legislation clears the House of Commons
MPs voted 282 to 217 to give the Northern Ireland Troubles Bill a third reading.
# Derry
Derry mother was shot by soldier in ‘unjustified’ circumstances, says coroner
Kathleen Thompson, a 47-year-old housewife, was killed by a bullet to the chest in her back garden in Derry in 1971.
# legacy bill
Troubles legacy bill: Johnson and Tories accused of treating families like 'daft Paddies'
The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill has been widely criticised.
# Northern Ireland
Coveney has 'serious concerns' around new Troubles amnesty legislation
The proposals are almost universally opposed by political parties across the UK and Ireland as well as victims’ groups.
# Troubles
England World Cup winner Steve Thompson put on suicide watch
The 43-year-old was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in November 2020.
# Troubles
Abramovich disqualified as Chelsea director by Premier League
In addition Chelsea’s credit cards were temporarily frozen amid Roman Abramovich’s government sanctions.
# Troubles
Campaigners press Taoiseach to raise Troubles legacy issues with US President Joe Biden
The Truth and Justice Movement will travel to Dublin to meet Micheál Martin.
# Northern Ireland
Taoiseach to meet cross-community group of Troubles victims over opposition to legacy plans
Campaigners are opposting proposed amnesty for Troubles offences.
# Troubles
NI watchdog probing loyalist murders finds evidence of ‘collusive’ police acts
The Police Ombudsman said the Royal Ulster Constabulary had no prior knowledge of the attacks carried out by the north west unit of the UDA/UFF.
All time
# Troubles
Deadline for legislating on NI legacy issues has been missed, Brandon Lewis admits
Controversial plans to end prosecutions for Troubles-era incidents were expected to be legislated for this autumn.
# Troubles
Military funeral for former British Soldier Dennis Hutchings takes place in Plymouth
Hutchings was on trial for the 1974 fatal shooting of John Pat Cunningham when he died last month.
# Troubles
Campaigners returning to Westminster to demand end to Troubles ‘amnesty’ plan
The UK Government is proposing a statute of limitations that would protect veterans from future prosecutions.
# Dennis Hutchings
Veteran on trial had ‘at least 10 seconds’ to make a decision about using fatal force on 27-year-old in 1974
Dennis Hutchings, 80, denies the attempted murder of John Pat Cunningham in Co Tyrone.
# Belfast
Troubles: No lawful basis for vulnerable man to be shot, trial of ex-British Army soldier told
Dennis Hutchings, 80, has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of John Pat Cunningham in Co Tyrone in 1974.
# Boris Johnson
Johnson branded ‘hypocrite’ over Everard remarks while supporting Troubles amnesty
Families of Troubles victims say they are being denied justice for similar crimes.
# Northern Ireland
Victims to raise Troubles ‘amnesty’ with UN body
The concerns of bereaved relatives will be raised at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
# The North
‘Historic day’ as major parties sign document to reject Troubles amnesty plans
In July, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis announced plans for a statute of limitations.
# The North
NI political leaders hold ‘robust’ talks, co-chaired by Coveney, on Troubles legacy plans
Stormont is to be recalled on Tuesday to debate plans for a statute of limitations on Troubles crimes.
# Troubles
UK Government announces statute of limitations on Troubles prosecutions, including British Army soldiers
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the proposals are “measured” and “balanced”.
# Troubles
PSG loss overshadowed by thefts at Di Maria, Marquinhos homes
Di Maria was substituted as news of the burglary reached the stadium.