Latest Northern Ireland News

  • Man Arrested in Belfast over Tommy Crossan Murder
    Man Arrested in Belfast over Tommy Crossan Murder Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A 26-year-old man is being questioned at a Northern Ireland police station over the murder of Tommy Crossan, the former dissident republican member of the Continuity IRA (CIRA), who was shot dead on Friday. The man was arrested in the west of Belfast and is being held at an Antrim police station. He had left the Continuity IRA a few years previously, following a disagreement with other members of the organisation. Crossan served a six-year prison sentence at Maghaberry prison 10 years ago for his role in an attack on a Belfast police station. More »

  • Former Belfast Leader Of Continuity IRA Killed
    Former Belfast Leader Of Continuity IRA Killed Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A prominent dissident republican in Belfast has been shot dead on an industrial estate in the city. Tommy Crossan was attacked near the Peter Pan centre in Springfield Road, West Belfast, police said. Mr Crossan was reportedly the Continuity IRA's former leader and was believed to be the subject of a death threat from his former allies. Colin Keenan, a nationalist SDLP Belfast City councillor for the area, said: "A fatal shooting has taken place on a busy through way. More »

  • Dissident Irish republican shot dead in Belfast Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A prominent dissident Irish republican was shot dead in Northern Ireland on Friday, the latest incident in some of the highest levels of violence since a 1998 peace deal in the British province. Northern Ireland has been largely peaceful since the "Good Friday" agreement largely ended more than three decades of sectarian violence but there are sporadic outbreaks of violence, particularly in the last 18 months. Tommy Crossan, a leading opponent of the peace deal, was shot on Friday afternoon in west Belfast and died at the scene. More than 3,600 people died in sectarian strife between mainly Catholic Irish nationalists, seeking union with Ireland, and predominantly Protestant unionists who want to remain part of the United Kingdom. More »

  • Belfast IRA figure killed in splinter-group feud
    Belfast IRA figure killed in splinter-group feud Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — A senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner was shot to death Friday in Belfast three years after former comrades in his splinter group threatened to kill him. More »

  • Former IRA Continuity Leader Tommy Crossan Shot Dead in Belfast
    Former IRA Continuity Leader Tommy Crossan Shot Dead in Belfast Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Tommy Crossan, a former leader of the Continuity IRA in Belfast has been shot dead in the city. According to Police reports the attack happened near the Peter Pan centre in Springfield Road, West Belfast. Colin Keenan, a nationalist SDLP Belfast City councillor for the area, said: "A fatal shooting has taken place on a busy through way. The councillor added: "We have long hoped that the shadow of death had been lifted from West Belfast. More »

  • March planned in Belfast over ‘failure’ to protect the Irish language
    March planned in Belfast over ‘failure’ to protect the Irish language Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The Lá Dearg group say that aspects of the Good Friday agreement have not been implemented. More »

  • Northern Ireland charges man with murder in Omagh bombing
    Northern Ireland charges man with murder in Omagh bombing Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland has charged a man with 29 counts of murder in the 1998 Omagh bombing, the worst attack in decades of violence in the province, police said on Thursday. Seamus Daly, who lives in Culloville, County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland, was arrested on Monday when he crossed the border into Northern Ireland. The "Good Friday" peace agreement largely ended more than three decades of violence in which more than 3,600 people died between mainly Catholic Irish nationalists, seeking union with Ireland, and predominantly Protestant unionists who want to remain part of the United Kingdom. The only man to stand trial on a murder charge for the Omagh attack was acquitted in 2007. More »

  • Column: Bold gestures are necessary for a genuinely inclusive Northern Irel …
    Column: Bold gestures are necessary for a genuinely inclusive Northern Irel … Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    As President Michael D Higgins takes part in an historic trip to the UK, we should reflect on what other valuable gestures could help heal old wounds, writes David McCann. More »

  • UK ex-minister urges amnesty in Northern Ireland conflict Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - An amnesty should be offered to all those involved in 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland, a former British government minister said, ahead of a state visit by the Irish president that will highlight improved ties between London and Dublin. Peter Hain, a former Northern Ireland Secretary and a member of Britain's opposition Labour Party, told the Times an amnesty should be offered to those responsible for killing, bombing and maiming during three decades of conflict in the province. The amnesty should apply to all cases pre-dating the 1998 peace deal and soldiers should be treated in the same way as former loyalists or republican paramilitaries responsible for atrocities, he said. More »

  • NAMA sells €5.4bn Northern Ireland loan book but won’t disclose sale price
    NAMA sells €5.4bn Northern Ireland loan book but won’t disclose sale price Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The loan portfolio, codenamed Project Eagle, has been sold to New York based investment firm Cerberus. More »

  • Campaign launched to lure Game of Thrones fans to Northern Ireland
  • Game of Thrones: Putting Northern Ireland on the Map
    Game of Thrones: Putting Northern Ireland on the Map Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    For millions of fans around the world the wait is almost over, as on 6 April the fourth season of HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones returns to TV screens. Morocco, Iceland and Croatia have all been used to represent the vast fictional continent of Westeros, but the majority of the filming is done in Northern Ireland. It is estimated that "set jetting" tourists contribute about £1.8bn a year to the UK economy, and there's now hope that Game of Thrones can provide an Ulster tourist boom to match the effect The Lord of the Rings had on New Zealand. From 5 April they will be launching a brand new Game of Thrones tour that allows visitors to see some of the sites filmed in the show. More »

  • Scottish police search for sex offender who travelled to Belfast
    Scottish police search for sex offender who travelled to Belfast Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    Lorcan Halton failed to appear in a Scottish court and has not been seen since he boarded a ferry to Belfast. More »

  • Man Charged Over Holdall Bomb In Belfast
    Man Charged Over Holdall Bomb In Belfast Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    The suspect was arrested in the Shaw's Road area of West Belfast at around 11pm on Thursday. Area Commander for West Belfast, Chief Inspector Anthony McNally, said "We know only too well the death and destruction such devices can cause. "And there is no doubt that the intention of those behind this device was an attempt to kill police officers who serve this community on a daily basis. More »

  • Man uses hammer to rob service station in Belfast
    Man uses hammer to rob service station in Belfast Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    A member of staff was hit on the knee. More »

  • Lifesaving jab for children in Northern Ireland – but not the Republic (yet …
    Lifesaving jab for children in Northern Ireland – but not the Republic (yet … Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Ireland has the highest incidence of Meningitis B disease in Europe. More »

  • Ex-IRA chief charged over killing of Belfast widow
    Ex-IRA chief charged over killing of Belfast widow Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — A former Irish Republican Army commander was charged Friday in connection with the 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast woman, a politically explosive crime because of its disputed links to Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. More »

  • Man charged over 1972 IRA killing of Belfast widow Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland police say they have charged a 77-year-old man with involvement in the Irish Republican Army's 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast woman, an unsolved case linked to Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. More »

  • Bomb Attack On Belfast Police Land Rover
    Bomb Attack On Belfast Police Land Rover Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Officers in Northern Ireland have escaped serious injury in a bomb attack on a police Land Rover. A passing car was badly damaged in the blast outside the City Cemetery in West Belfast.  But the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) now say the bomb was left in the area and detonated by a command wire. The blast blew a chunk of masonry out of a wall at the cemetery, which is at the junction of Falls Road and Whiterock Road and is one of Belfast's oldest public cemeteries. More »

  • Belfast Bomb Attack Terrifies Passing Filipino Tourists
    Belfast Bomb Attack Terrifies Passing Filipino Tourists Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Politicians and police in Northern Ireland have slammed Republican dissidents for throwing an explosive device at a passing police car as it drove along the Falls Road near City Cemetery. The device detonated close to their vehicle - narrowly missing a Filipino family who were also driving past. Later a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman confirmed the attack: "Police in west Belfast have escaped serious injury tonight after an explosive device detonated close to their vehicle on the Falls Road. More »

  • Bomb thrown at police in Northern Ireland
    Bomb thrown at police in Northern Ireland Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Police officers in Northern Ireland came under attack when an explosive device was thrown at their vehicle in Belfast, a police spokesman said. More »

  • ‘Booby trap’ bomb found under car in Belfast
    ‘Booby trap’ bomb found under car in Belfast Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    The viable device was made safe and police are now appealing for information. More »

  • Norfolk Helicopter Crash: Tory Peer and Northern Ireland's Richest Man Lord …
    Norfolk Helicopter Crash: Tory Peer and Northern Ireland's Richest Man Lord … Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    Conservative peer and Northern Ireland's richest man Lord Ballyedmond has been named as one of the four people killed in the helicopter crash in Norfolk. The four victims, all men, were killed after the helicopter - an Augusta Westland 8W139 - came down in woodland in Gillingham, near Beccles in Norfolk. It is not yet known what caused the helicopter to crash, but visibility was said to be poor due to the foggy weather conditions. Emergency Services and the Air Accidents Investigation have now launched an inquiry into the crash. More »

  • Northern Ireland's richest man among four dead in crash
    Northern Ireland's richest man among four dead in crash Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    Northern Ireland's richest man Edward Haughey was among four people killed when a civilian helicopter crashed in eastern England on Thursday evening, the pharmaceutical company he owned said on Friday. Among them was Haughey, 70, a member of Britain's upper house of parliament who was Northern Ireland's richest man with an estimated wealth of £600 million, according to the Sunday Times newspaper's annual Rich List. Haughey, who also served in the upper chamber of parliament in the Irish Republic where he was born, was the founder and chairman of Northern Ireland-based Norbrook Laboratories, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company in the world. The company employs over 1,700 people and former Northern Ireland economy minister Reg Empey said Haughey had brought quality employment to the British province during the "darkest days" of its 30 years of paramilitary violence. More »

  • 75-year-old man arrested over deadly UVF bomb at Belfast pub in 1971
    75-year-old man arrested over deadly UVF bomb at Belfast pub in 1971 Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    Fifteen people died in the bomb at McGurk’s Bar in north Belfast more than four decades ago. More »

  • Clinton Heckled During Northern Ireland Speech
    Clinton Heckled During Northern Ireland Speech Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    The former US president Bill Clinton has been heckled over Iraq during a speech in Northern Ireland. Speaking about the ongoing peace process, Mr Clinton was interrupted as he spoke about how the world had been "good to some" in recent years but "rough to others and it's been rough on you the past few years". As he continued his heckling, Mr Clinton responded with: "You wanna give this speech?" Mr Clinton was on a one-day visit that will culminate with him opening a new leadership institute at Queen's University in Belfast that has been named after him. More »

  • Belfast man shot in both arms and both legs
    Belfast man shot in both arms and both legs Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them. More »

  • Northern Ireland leader threatens to quit over IRA
    Northern Ireland leader threatens to quit over IRA Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — The leader of Northern Ireland's unity government threatened to resign Wednesday because of revelations the British government supplied so-called "get out of jail free" letters to at least 187 Irish Republican Army fugitives as a secret part of peacemaking. More »

  • Can Lebanon follow in the footsteps of Northern Ireland?
    Can Lebanon follow in the footsteps of Northern Ireland? Thu, Feb 20, 2014

    A deeply divided Lebanon must build stronger institutions in adverse conditions. More »

  • The mysterious Dublin house has been found… but it’s in Belfast
    The mysterious Dublin house has been found… but it’s in Belfast Thu, Feb 20, 2014

    The history buffs on Boards.ie helped solve the architectural mystery within 24 hours. More »

  • Britain links suspect parcels to 'Northern Ireland terrorism' Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Seven suspicious packages sent to army recruitment offices in England contained "viable devices" bearing the hallmarks of "Northern Ireland terrorism", a spokeswoman from Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Thursday. The Irish Republican Army abandoned its armed struggle for an end to British control of Northern Ireland and unification with Ireland in 1998. "Seven suspect packages have been identified as containing small, crude, but potentially viable devices bearing the hallmarks of Northern Ireland related terrorism," the spokeswoman said in a statement. More »

  • Belfast man sentenced to three years for threatening to kill Prince Harry
    Belfast man sentenced to three years for threatening to kill Prince Harry Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    Ashraf Islam, who was born Mark David Townley, walked into a police station in London last May and admitted his plans. More »

  • Belfast Baby Dies After Father Charged With GBH
    Belfast Baby Dies After Father Charged With GBH Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    A three-month-old baby girl died in hospital only hours after her father appeared in court charged with causing grievous bodily harm. On Wednesday night, the child was brought to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital from an address in the west of the city suffering serious injuries. More »

  • Man in Belfast shot in both knees and both ankles
    Man in Belfast shot in both knees and both ankles Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    Two men forced their way into a house in west Belfast this evening, police have said. More »

  • Missing Wicklow 15-year-old found in Northern Ireland
    Missing Wicklow 15-year-old found in Northern Ireland Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    Gardaí thanked the PSNI for its assistance. More »