Tuesday, 8 September 2009

IRA BOMD DEFUSED. A PROPER TERRORIST SPEAKS

TWO MASS MURDERERS EXCHANGE
FRATERNAL GREETINGS



Them people, yon ones that made the sixhundredpound bomb, them boys are not proper terrorists, so they're not. Proper terrorists have government departments to run. Like me. And my learned friend Mr Hoon, only he doesn't any more, on account of a wee misunderstanding over his expenses. But by Jesus he could show everyone the way home when it came to bombing innocent people so he could.

Mr Gerry Kelly, after a long career in the Provisional IRA, is a minister in the Northern Ireland Administration. Mr Kelly specialises in exporting what he calls his his conflict resolution skills to troubled parts of the world, rather as does his hero, Mr Tony Blair.

During a recent BBC Hard Talk interview, the corporation's Steven Sackur did not ask Mr Kelly how he thought his new career as Peacemaker to the World might play among relatives of the Birmingham 'pub bombings, for instance. Grown-up journalism, you see, what your license fee is for.



Chronology of Provisional IRA actions

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This is a chronology of activities by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), an Irish paramilitary group. Most of these actions occurred during the Provisional IRA campaign 1969-1997 within the civil conflict known as the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

1970s

1970

  • 26 June, 1970: Three IRA volunteers and two young girls were killed when a bomb being assembled accidentally exploded in the Creggan, Derry.
  • 35 July, 1970: During the Falls Curfew the Official IRA and Provisional IRA fought a three day gun battle with 3,000 British troops who imposed a curfew on the Lower Falls area of Belfast, over 1,500 rounds were fired by British troops. Four civilians were killed.

1971

  • 6 February, 1971: A British soldier on security duties, Gunner Robert Curtis, was killed by Billy Reid in a gun battle in North Belfast. Curtis was the first British soldier to die in Ireland since the 1920s. One IRA volunteer and one Catholic civilian were also killed in shooting.
  • 9 February, 1971: An IRA landmine killed five men near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain in County Tyrone. Two of the dead were BBC engineers, the other three were construction workers. It was believed their vehicle was mistaken for a British Army landrover.
  • 10 March, 1971: Three off-duty British soldiers were abducted, shot and killed by the IRA.
  • 9 August, 1971: 343 suspects were detained as internment was introduced. In the following two days 17 people were killed in gun battles between the IRA and British Army. Between 1971 and 1975, 1,981 people were interned; 1,874 were Catholic/Republican, while only 107 were Protestant/Loyalist.
  • 23 October, 1971: Two female IRA volunteers, Maura Meehan and Dorothy Maguire, were shot and killed by the British Army in the Lower Falls area of Belfast.

1972

  • 27 January, 1972: An IRA unit which included Martin Meehan fought a 4-hour gun battle with a British Army detachment at Dungooley in south Armagh. The British Army alone fired over 4,500 rounds while the IRA returned fire with assault rifles and an anti-tank gun. There were no casualties in the battle with the exception of a farmers pig which was caught in the crossfire. 8 IRA volunteers were arrested south of the border but were eventually acquitted.
  • 21 February, 1972: Four IRA volunteers died in Belfast when a bomb they were transporting exploded prematurely.
  • 4 March, 1972: A bomb exploded at the Abercorn Restaurant in Belfast without any warning. Two civilians were killed and over 100 people injured. The IRA were blamed, but denied responsibility.
  • 14 March 1972: A two-man IRA unit armed with sub-machine guns ambushed a joint British Army/RUC patrol on Brackaville Road outside Coalisland. Over 50 shots were fired by the unit. The RUC officer who was driving the police patrol vehicle was killed.
  • 23 March 1972: The IRA detonated two car bombs in Main Street, Bangor
  • 11 June 1972: Colonel Gaddafi announced that he had supplied arms to "revolutionaries" in Ireland. There were shooting incidents across Belfast and Northern Ireland, including a gun battle between Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries in the Oldpark area of Belfast. Two Catholics, a Protestant, and a British soldier were killed.
  • 14 July, 1972: Three British Army soldiers, two IRA volunteers, and a Protestant civilian were shot and killed during separate gun battles in Belfast.
  • 21 July, 1972: On "Bloody Friday" 22 bombs in Belfast killed two British soldiers, an RUC reservist ane six civilians and seriously injured 130 others. The IRA officially apologised for this set of attacks in 2002.
  • 31 July, 1972: Three car bombs exploded in the Claudy bombings, killing nine people on Claudy High Street near Derry. The IRA have always denied involvement, but they are believed to have been responsible. In Operation Motorman, the biggest British military operation since the Suez crisis, the army used 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to dismantle barricades and take IRA held "no go areas" in Belfast and Derry.
  • 7 December, 1972: Mother of ten, Jean McConville, was abducted and killed by the IRA, allegedly for informing the British Army of IRA activities, although her family contend that she was killed for comforting a wounded British soldier. The IRA denied any involvement in the killing until the 1990s, when it acknowledged its action and helped to locate the body.

1973

  • 8 March 1973: The Provisional IRA conducted its first operation in mainland Britain, planting four car bombs in London. Two bombs exploded, killing one person and injuring 180 others. Ten members of the IRA team, including Gerry Kelly, Dolours Price and Marian Price, were arrested at Heathrow Airport trying to leave the country.
  • 8 March 1973: During the Border-Poll a number of polling stations came under IRA attack.
  • 11 August 1973: An IRA assault team consisting of over 20 volunteers surrounded Crossmaglen RUC barracks. The barracks was hit with rockets, mortars and machine gun fire. The RUC fired a large number of shots at the unit. There were no serious injuries on either side.

1974

  • 30 July 1974: The IRA devastated the commercial centre of Bangor town, County Down, in an overnight firebomb attack.
  • 5 October 1974: The Guildford pub bombing kills four soldiers and a civilian and injures 182 others. The motive for the bombing was that the pub attacked was frequented by off-duty, unarmed soldiers. Four people, dubbed the "Guildford Four", would be convicted for the bombing and imprisoned for life. Fifteen years later Lord Lane of the Court of Appeal would overturn their convictions noting "the investigating officers must have lied". Some had spent the entire fifteen years in prison, years after the IRA volunteers who carried out the attacks admitted them to British police. No police officer was ever charged.
  • 21 November 1974: In the Birmingham Pub Bombings bombs in two pubs kill 19. The "Birmingham Six" would be tried for this and convicted. Many years later, after new evidence of police fabrication and suppression of evidence, their convictions would be quashed and they would be released.

1975

  • 21 January, 1975: Two IRA volunteers driving along Victoria Street, Belfast were killed when the bomb they were transporting exploded prematurely. There were also a series of bomb attacks across Belfast.
  • 10 February, 1975: The IRA leadership declare a truce. The ceasefire was to last officially until 23 January 1976, however it was not respected by all IRA units and violence continues throughout the year.
  • 27 February, 1975: Off-duty police officer Stephen Tibble was shot and killed as he joined in the chase of a suspect on his motorbike in Barons Court, London. The suspect had been spotted by a detective coming out of a house which was later discovered to be an IRA bomb factory.
  • 17 July, 1975: The IRA killed four British soldiers in a remote controlled bomb attack near Forkhill, County Armagh.
  • 13 August, 1975: Four Protestant civilians and a member of the UVF were killed in a gun and bomb attack on the Bayardo Bar in Belfast.
  • 27 August, 1975: A bomb exploded without warning at the Caterham Arms public house, in Caterham, Surrey. 10 off-duty soldiers and 23 civilians were injured.
  • 5 September, 1975: Two people are killed and 63 injured when an IRA bomb explodes in the lobby of the Hilton hotel in London.
  • 29 October, 1975: The IRA shot and killed Robert Elliman (27), then a member of the Official IRA (OIRA), in McKenna's Bar in the Markets area of Belfast. Between 29 October 1975 and 12 November 1975, 11 people were to die in the continuing feud between the two wings of the IRA. Most of those killed were members of the 'official' republican movement.
  • 3 November, 1975: A 33 year old lawyer was injured by a car bomb in Connaught Square, London W2.
  • 18 December 1975: The IRA killed two British soldiers in a bomb attack in Derry. It was later established that the soldiers had been lured out of the sangar by children who offered them sweets. While they were distracted the IRA lowered a bomb onto the roof of their sangar which exploded a few minutes later.

1976


  • 7 July 1976: Two senior RUC officers were seriously injured after an IRA double agent led them to an arms dump outside Portadown. When the officers picked up one of the weapons it triggered a booby trap which detonated. One of the officers lost an arm, a leg and an eye in the explosion.

1977

  • 2 February, 1977: Jeffrey Agate (59), then Managing Director of the American Du Pont factory in Derry was shot and killed by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) outside his home at Talbot Park, Derry. This killing marked the beginning of a series of attacks on businessmen. There were further killings on 2 March 1977 and 14 March 1977.
  • 2 June, 1977: Three members of a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) mobile patrol were shot and killed by Irish Republican Army (IRA) snipers near Ardboe, County Tyrone. Part of ongoing attacks on Police and Army.

1978

  • 17 June 1978: An IRA unit ambushed a policecar outside Camlogh, Armagh. One police officer was killed instantly and another was captured. The IRA gave back the body of the second officer on the 9 July. A post-mortem revealed that he had in fact died of his wounds soon after the ambush.
  • 20 June 1978: Three IRA volunteers and a Protestant civilian were shot and killed by undercover British Army soldiers during an attempted bombing at a Post Office depot in Ballysillan Road, Belfast.
  • 21 December 1978: A four man IRA unit ambushed a British patrol near St.Patricks church in Crossmaglen, south Armagh. The IRA unit fired a large number of shots from three Armalites and one AK-47. Three British soldiers were killed in the ambush. The British Army unit returned fire but the IRA unit made their escape in a van which had been fitted with armour-plating.

1979

  • 5 January, 1979: Two IRA volunteers were killed in Ardoyne, Belfast, when the bomb they were transporting in a car exploded prematurely.
  • 4 February, 1979: Former prison officer Patrick MacKin (60), and his wife Violet (58), were shot and killed by the IRA at their home in Oldpark Road, Belfast. This was part of an escalating campaign against prison officers, co-inciding with the Dirty protest and Blanket protest in the Maze prison.
  • 22 March, 1979: Richard Sykes, then British Ambassador to the Netherlands, and his Dutch valet, Krel Straub, were killed in a gun attack in Den Haag, Netherlands. The IRA also carried out 24 bomb attacks across Northern Ireland.
  • 17 April, 1979: Four RUC officers were killed when the IRA exploded an estimated 1,000 pound van bomb at Bessbrook, County Armagh, believed to be the largest bomb used by the IRA up to that point.
  • 19 April 1979: A prion officer was killed an three others seriously injured in an IRA gun and bomb attack outside Armagh Prison. The injured officers claimed IRA volunteers later showed up at the hospital dressed as doctors to "finish them off" but ran off after one of the officers noticed them and started screaming.
  • 2 August, 1979: Two British soldiers were killed by the IRA in a landmine attack at Cathedral Road, Armagh.
  • 16 December, 1979: A landmine bomb killed four British soldiers near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Another soldier was killed by a booby-trap bomb at Forkhill, County Armagh. A former member of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), James Fowler, was shot and killed by the IRA in Omagh, County Tyrone.

1980s

1980

  • 1 February 1980: Two RUC officers were killed and another was seriously injured when the IRA detonated an 800lb landmine on the main Rosslea - Lisnaskea road.

1981

  • 20 January 1981: A British soldier was shot and killed by an IRA sniper while manning an observation post overlooking the Bogside area of Derry.
  • 25 January 1981: A British soldier was shot and killed by the IRA during an attack on a British Army pedestrian checkpoint in Berry Street, Belfast.
  • 6 February 1981: An RUC officer was shot and killed during an IRA attack in the Malone area of Belfast.
  • 10 February 1981: An off-duty British UDR soldier was killed in an IRA gun attack on the Strand Road in Derry.
  • 23 February 1981: IRA volunteer James Burns was shot and killed by the UVF at his home in the Falls area of Belfast.
  • 2 April 1981: An RUC officer was killed in an IRA booby-trap bomb attack near Bessbrook, Armagh.
  • 16 April 1988: A British Army UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Moy, County Tyrone.
  • 28 April 1981: A British Army UDR soldier was shot and killed by an IRA sniper while traveling in a British Army vehcile in Castlewellan, County Down.
  • 5 May 1981: Bobby Sands died after 66 days on hunger strike. His death caused riots in many parts of Northern Ireland, and also in the Republic of Ireland. An estimated 100,000 people attended his funeral.
  • 5 May 1981: One IRA volunteer was injured and another arrested in a gun battle in south Armagh. Twelve undercover British soldiers opened fire on a 3-man IRA unit which resulted in a gun battle which lasted several minutes. The British troops fired nearly 700 rounds.
  • 6 May 1981: An RUC officer was shot and killed by an IRA sniper while on patrol in the Duncairn Gardens area of Belfast.
  • 14 May 1981: An RUC officer was killed after his patrol vehicle was hit by an IRA rocket on the Springfield Road, Belfast.
  • 25 May 1981: A British Army UDR soldier was shot and killed by an IRA sniper while on patrol in in Gulladuff, County Derry.
  • 28 May 1981: An off-duty RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA in Bessbrook, Armagh. On the same day two unarmed IRA volunteers, Charles Maguire (20) and George McBrearty (24) were killed in an undercover British Army ambush in Derry.
  • 31 May 1981: An RUC officer was shot dead by the IRA in the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast.
  • 3 June 1981: A civilian was killed during an IRA gun attack on a British patrol in the Creggan area of Derry.
  • 5 June 1981: A British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Lisnaskea, Fermanagh.
  • 10 June 1981: Eight IRA prisoners being held on remand at Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast escaped after taking prison officers hostage, taking their uniforms and shooting their way out of the prison using three handguns that had been smuggled in.
  • 12 June 1981: The IRA mortared Fort Pegasus British Army barracks in Belfast.
  • 17 June 1981: An RUC officer was shot dead by the IRA in Beragh, Tyrone.
  • 20 June 1981: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA while in a bar in Newry, County Down.
  • 9 July 1981: An RUC officer was shot and wounded in an IRA gun attack on Springhill Avenue in Belfast.
  • 10 July 1981: The IRA carried out a blast-bomb attack on Fort Pegasus British Army barracks in Belfast.
  • 13 July 1981: A British soldier was shot and wounded in the arm by an IRA sniper in the Springhill area of Belfast.
  • 16 July 1981: Eighteen undercover British soldiers who were waiting in ambush position for an expected IRA roadblock were themselves ambushed by a six man IRA unit near Glassdrumman in south Armagh. The IRA fired over 250 rounds from an M60 machine gun killing one soldier and seriously wounding another.
  • 2 August 1981: An RUC officer was killed when his patrol vehcile struck an IRA landmine near Omagh, Tyrone.
  • 5 September 1981: A British soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in the Stranmills area of Belfast.
  • 7 September 1981: Two RUC officers were killed when their patrol vehicle struck an IRA landmine near Cappagh, County Tyrone.
  • 12 September 1981: A British Army UDR soldier was killed in IRA gun attack in Maghera, Derry.
  • 26 September 1981: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA in Killough, County Down.
  • 28 September 1981: An RUC officer was killed in an IRA rocket attack on a British patrol on Glen Road, Belfast.
  • 3 October 1981: The hunger strike was called off, due to pressure from the prisoners' families who made it clear they would ask for medical intervention to save their lives. The IRA resumed full-scale military operations
  • 21 October 1981: A British Army UDR soldier was shot and killed outside Belfast zoo.
  • 9 November 1981: A British Army UDR soldier was shot and wounded by the IRA in Lisnaskea, Fermanagh. The soldier died two days later.
  • 17 November 1981: A British UDR soldier and an RUC officer were killed in separate IRA attacks in Fermanagh and Tyrone.
  • 19 November 1981: A British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Strabane, County Tyrone.
  • 28 November 1981: An RUC officer was killed in an IRA bomb attack as he patrolled the Unity Flats complex in Belfast.

1982

  • 8 January 1982: A British UDR soldier was shot dead by the IRA while working at a petrol station on the Antrim Road, Belfast.
  • 19 January 1982: John Torbitt, an alleged informant, was shot dead by the IRA at his home in Lenadoon, Belfast.
  • 5 March 1982: Seamus Morgan, an alleged inofrmant, was shot dead by the IRA in Forkhill, Armagh.
  • 15 March 1982: The IRA detonated a large car-bomb on Bridge Street, Banbridge, County Down following a warning to evacuate the area. One civilian was killed.
  • 25 March 1982: Three British soldiers were killed and five other people injured in an IRA gun attack on Crocus Street, off the Springfield Road in west Belfast. It is believed an M60 machine gun was used during the attack.
  • 28 March 1982: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA in Patrick Street, Derry.
  • 1 April 1982: Two British soldiers were killed in an IRA sniper ambush outside Rosemount British Army base in Derry. Both soldiers were traveling in a British Army van when they came under fire.
  • 2 April 1982: An RUC officer was seriously wounded in a gun attack on New Barnsley British Army base in Belfast. The officer died of his injuries on the 16th of April.
  • 20 April 1982: The IRA detonated a car-bomb in The Diamond area of Magherafelt. Two civilians were killed in the bombing due to an inadequate warning.
  • 27 April 1982: A British Army UDR soldier was shot and killed in an IRA gun attack in Lisnagelvin, Derry.
  • 30 April 1982: A British soldier was killed when the vehicle he as traveling in struck an IRA landmine in Belleek, County Fermanagh.
  • 4 May 1982: An RUC officer was shot dead in an IRA sniper attack in The Diamond area of Derry.
  • 11 June 1982: An RUC officer was killed in an IRA booby-trap bomb attack in the Shantallow area of Derry.
  • 15 June 1982: An off-duty British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Strabane, County Tyrone.
  • 20 September 1982: A British soldier was killed when an IRA unit fired a rocket at his observation post at Springfield Road British Army barracks in Belfast.
  • 1 October 1982: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA in Drum Manor, Tyrone.
  • 14 October 1982: The IRA carried out a bomb attack on a British Army foot-patrol in the Ballymurhy area of Belfast.
  • 27 October 1982: Three RUC officers were killed in an IRA landmine attack on their patrol vehicle at Oxford Island in County Armagh.
  • 29 October 1982: An off-duty British Army UDR soldier was abducted from his home and later shot dead by the IRA near Camlough, County Armagh.
  • 9 November 1982: An RUC officer and a civilian were killed in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.
  • 10 November 1982: A British Army UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA shortly after leaving the Customs Office in Armagh.
  • 11 November 1982: Three IRA volunteers were shot and killed in an undercover RUC ambush in Craigavon, County Armagh.
  • 16 November 1982: The IRA killed UDA leader Lenny Murphy outside his girlfriends house in Forthriver Park, Belfast. Murphy, who had been responsible for up to twenty sectarian murders which were carried out by his Shankill Butchers gang, was shot over twenty times at close range by two IRA volunteers.
  • 19 December 1982: A British Army UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Windmill Avenue, Armagh.

1983

  • 6 January 1983: Two undercover RUC officers were shot dead by the IRA while on a surveillance mission in Rostrevor, County Down.
  • 16 January 1983: William Doyle, a judge, was shot dead by the IRA in Belfast.
  • 18 January 1983: An off-duty RUC officer was shot dead by the IRA at a supermarket in Derry.
  • 19 February 1983: A civilian was shot dead by the IRA near Enniskillen, Fermanagh. He had been mistaken for an off-duty British soldier.
  • 21 February 1983: An RUC officer was killed in an IRA bomb attack on a foot-patrol in Armagh.
  • 25 February 1983: An off-duty British UDR soldier was shot dead by the IRA at his workplace in Ballygawley, Tyrone.
  • 2 March 1983: A female RUC officer was shot dead by an IRA sniper while she was on foot-patrol in the Greencastle area of Belfast.
  • 17 March 1983: The IRA launched a gun and rocket attack on a British mobile patrol in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast.
  • 18 March 1983: The IRA seriously wounded a British soldier after his Saracen APC was hit with an IRA rocket in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast. The vehicle was then sprayed with machine gun fire before the IRA unit made it's escape.
  • 31 March 1983: The IRA carried out a bomb attack on a British patrol in the Falls area of Belfast. One British soldier was seriously injured and died of his wounds 8 days later.
  • 9 April 1983: A British soldier was killed in an IRA booby-trap bomb attack in Omagh, Tyrone.
  • 13 April 1983: A British soldier was shot dead in an IRA gun attack in Keady, County Armagh.
  • 16 May 1983: An RUC officer was shot dead by the IRA outside his home in Belfast.
  • 24 May 1983: Andersonstown British Army barracks was devastated when the IRA detonated a massive van-bomb outside the front gate.
  • 10 June 1983: A British soldier was killed when the IRA detonated a bomb hidden in a lamp-post as a British Army foot patrol passed in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast.
  • 13 July 1983: Four British UDR soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck an IRA landmine near Ballygawley, County Tyrone.
  • 10 August 1983: Fort Pegasus British Army base in Belfast came under heavy machine gun fire from a number of IRA units. On the Whiterock road a British Army land-rover was hit by IRA sniper fire
  • 23 August 1983: An off duty British UDR soldier was shot dead as he left his workplace in Strabane, County Tyrone.
  • 24 August 1983: A shopkeeper was shot and killed after an altercation with an IRA unit in Derry.
  • 10 October 1983: A civilian was shot and killed by the IRA in Newry. He had been mistaken for an off-duty RUC officer.
  • 15 October 1983: A British soldier was killed when the IRA detonated a bomb as a British mobile patrol passed in the Creggan area of Derry.
  • 24 October 1983: A British UDR soldier was shot dead by the IRA near Aughnacloy, Tyrone.
  • 28 October 1983: An RUC officer was shot dead by the IRA outside his home in Derry.
  • 4 November 1983: The IRA detonated a time-bomb in the ceiling of a classroom in Jordanstown College. Two of the three RUC officers giving a lecture at the time died instantly, another died of his injuries several months later.
  • 7 November 1983: A British soldier was killed in an IRA bomb attack in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.
  • 10 November 1983: An RUC officer was shot and killed in an IRA gun attack in Ballymartin, County Down.
  • 14 November 1983: Charles Armstrong who was a British UDR soldier and also a councilor for the Ulster Unionist Party was killed in an IRA bomb attack on the District Council officers in Armagh.
  • 4 December 1983: Two unarmed IRA volunteers, Colm McGirr (23) and Brian Campbell (19) were shot and killed by the British Army in Coalisland, Tyrone.
  • 17 December 1983: The Harrods bombing in London killed six people including three police officers, and injured 75 other people.On the same day the IRA shot dead a British Army UDR soldier in Maghera, County Londonderry.

1984

  • 2 January, 1984: A British Army UDR soldier was killed in an IRA bomb attack in Castlederg, Tyrone.
  • 31 January, 1984:Two RUC officers were killed in an IRA land mine attack on their armoured patrol car, near Forkhill, County Armagh.
  • 10 February, 1984: An IRA unit fired a rocket at a British Army Saracen APC in Glenalina Park, Belfast. The rocket bounced off the front of the vehicle and landed in a school. Nobody was injured.
  • 21 February, 1984:Two IRA volunteers and a British Army soldier were killed in a gun battle between an undercover BA unit and the IRA at Dunloy, County Antrim.
  • 2 March, 1984: A British Army UDR soldier was killed in an IRA booby-trap bomb attack near Castlederg, County Tyrone.
  • 6 March, 1984:William McConnell, then Assistant Governor of the Maze Prison, was shot dead by the IRA outside his home in east Belfast.
  • 8 March, 1984: An off-duty British UDR soldier was shot dead by the IRA near Moira, County Down.
  • 22 March, 1984: The IRA exploded three bombs in buildings in the centre of Belfast.
  • 27 March, 1984: A British soldier was killed in an IRA van-bomb attack in Derry.
  • 8 April, 1984: An IRA unit carried out a gun attack on Thomas Travers, then a Resident Magistrate, outside St Brigid's Catholic Church in Belfast. Travers was seriously injured in the attack but his daughter Mary Travers was shot and killed.
  • 18 May, 1984: Two RUC officers were killed when the IRA exploded a land mine as their armoured patrol car travelled near Camlough, County Armagh
  • 23 April, 1984: A British soldier was shot and killed by an IRA sniper in Derry.
  • 8 May, 1984: A British Army UDR soldier was shot dead by the IRA in Dungannon.
  • 9 May, 1984: A British soldier was killed in an IRA bomb attack in Newry, County Down.
  • 12 May, 1984: A British Army UDR soldier was shot dead by the IRA while off-duty at his farm in Lismore, Tyrone.
  • 18 May, 1984: Two RUC officers were killed in an IRA bomb attack in Armagh.
  • 18 May, 1984: Two off duty British Army soldiers were killed, and another died later as a result of injuries, after the IRA planted a booby trap bomb under their car in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.
  • 18 May, 1984: A British soldier was severely injured in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen. He died of his injuries five months later.
  • 21 May, 1984: A British patrol came under IRA sniper attack in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast.
  • 29 May, 1984: A British soldier was killed in an IRA landmine attack near Crossmaglen, Armagh. An IRA bomb on the Whiterock Road in Belfast was defused by the British Army.
  • 4 June, 1984: A British Army UDR soldier was shot dead by an IRA sniper in Lurgan, County Down.
  • 9 June, 1984: Alleged criminal James Campbell was shot dead by the IRA in Conway Street, Belfast.
  • 11 June, 1984: A taxi-driver and former UDR soldier was lured and shot dead by the Provisionals' East Tyrone Brigade off the main Omagh to Cookstown road. RUC detectives believe that the tax-driver died in a burst of automatic fire and his foot jammed on the accelerator, sending the car crashing into a gate post, where his body was found.
  • 22 June, 1984: A British soldier was seriously injured when he was shot in the neck by an IRA sniper on the Whiterock Road in Belfast.
  • 2 July, 1984: An IRA unit fired an RPG7 rocket at an RUC landrover patrol but missed in Ballygawley, County Tyrone
  • 13 July, 1984: IRA volunteer William Price was shot dead by the British Army during a bomb attack in Ardboe, Tyrone.
  • 14 July, 1984: Two UDR soldiers among an eight member foot patrol were killed in a 200lb IRA landmine attack near the border at Castlederg , County Tyrone. Detectives believed that the bomb was triggered just a few hundred yards across the border. Immediately after the explosion, gunmen opened fire on the foot patrol as colleagues radioed for help. The West Tyrone Brigade of the IRA claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • 12 August, 1984: One RUC officer was killed in a land mine attack on an RUC mobile patrol, Crockanboy, Greencastle, County Tyrone
  • 7 September, 1984: One UDR soldier and a Protestant civilian were killed in an IRA attack in County Tyrone.
  • 19 October, 1984: One British soldier was shot dead by an IRA sniper while on foot patrol on Norglen Road, Turf Lodge, Belfast.
  • 6 December, 1984: Two members of the IRA were shot dead by undercover British soldiers in the grounds of Gransha Hospital, Derry.
  • 17 December, 1984: IRA volunteer Sean McIlvenna was killed by the RUC after carrying out a bomb attack against a British Army patrol.

1985

  • 1 February 1985: The IRA shot dead a member of the British Army's UDR regiment in Derrylin. County Fermanagh.
  • 21 February 1985: An RUC officer was killed in an IRA ambush of an RUC vehicle in Drumsallen, near Armagh.
  • 23 February 1985: Kevin Coyle (24) from Derry was shot dead by the IRA in Derry. They claimed he was a British informant.
  • 28 February 1985: A British Army UDR soldier was killed in an IRA bobby-trap bomb attack while on patrol in Pomeroy, County Tyrone.
  • 3 March 1985: An RUC officer was shot dead by the IRA in Enniskillen.
  • 23 March 1985: An alleged informant was shot dead by the IRA in Cork.
  • 27 March 1985: A British soldier was killed in an IRA bomb attack while patrolling the Divis Flats in Belfast.
  • 3 April 1985: The IRA detonated a car-bomb outside Newry Courthouse killing an RUC officer and a civilian employed at the court.
  • 20 April 1985: Four RUC officers were killed in an IRA remote-controlled bomb attack in Killeen, County Armagh.
  • 28 May 1985: A civilian who had just applied to join the RUC was shot and killed by the IRA in Millfield, Belfast.
  • 15 June 1985: An RUC officer was shot dead in an IRA gun attack in Derry.
  • 18 June 1985: An RUC officer was killed after his patrol vehicle struck an IRA landmine in Kinawley, Fermanagh.
  • 2 July 1985: Fort Pegasus British Army base in Belfast was mortared by an IRA unit. The barracks kitchen was hit by an IRA missile and completely destroyed although it was empty at the time.
  • 6 August 1985: IRA volunteer Charlie English was killed during an engagement with an RUC patrol in Derry. The grenade he was handling exploded prematurely, killing him.
  • 22 August 1985: A civilian was shot and killed by the IRA in Strabane. He was mistaken for a British Army contractor.
  • 24 August 1985: A civilian was shot and killed by an IRA sniper in Pomeroy, Tyrone. The car he was traveling in had been mistaken for that of an undercover RUC officer.
  • 31 August 1985: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA outside his home in Crossgar, County Down.
  • 4 September 1985: The IRA launched a mortar attack against Enniskillen RUC training centre. The centre was almost completely destroyed.
  • 8 September 1985: Two civilians were found shot dead in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast. The IRA claim the couple were British Army agents.
  • 22 September 1985: A British Army soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Derry.
  • 7 October 1985: A civilian was shot dead in Strabane by the IRA. The IRA claim he was an informant.
  • 7 October 1985: A British army base in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast was mortared by an IRA unit. The attack caused serious structural damage to the base and blew a large hole in the perimeter.
  • 15 November 1985: An RUC officer was killed when his patrol vehicle struck an IRA landmine near Crossmaglen, Armagh.
  • 29 November 1985: A British Army UDR soldier was killed when he triggered a booby-trap bomb which had been attached to his car in Kilkeel, County Down.
  • 30 November 1985: Alleged criminal Edward Taggart was shot dead by the IRA in the Divis Flats complex in Belfast.

1986

  • 1 January 1986: Two RUC officers were killed when the IRA detonated a remote-control booby-trap bomb hidden in a litter bin as their patrol passed on Thomas Street, Armagh.
  • 15 January 1986: A British UDR soldier was killed when he triggered an IRA booby trap which had been attached to his car in Castlederg, County Tyrone.
  • 3 February 1986: A British UDR soldier was killed when the IRA detonated a remote-controlled bomb as a British Army foot patrol passed in Belcoo, County Fermanagh.
  • 11 February 1986: An RUC officer and a civilian were killed in an IRA gun attack in Maguiresbridge, County Fermanagh.
  • 22 February 1986: An IRA active service unit launched a sniper attack on a Fort George British Army base in Derry. In the gun-battle which followed IRA volunteer Anthony Gough was killed.
  • 18 March 1986: A British soldier was killed and several others wounded when the IRA detonated a booby-trap bomb concealed in a derelict building as a British Army foot patrol passed by in Castlewellan, County Down.
  • 26 March 1986: A British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA while off duty near Omagh, County Tyrone.
  • 8 April 1986: A British UDR soldier was killed when he triggered an IRA booby-trap bomb which had been attached to his car near Castlederg, County Tyrone.
  • 23 April 1986: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA in Newcastle, County Down.
  • 12 May 1986: Three British Army bases in west Belfast were targetted in IRA grenade attacks.
  • 15 May 1986: An ex-British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Newry, County Down.
  • 22 May 1986: Three RUC officers were killed in an IRA remote-controlled bomb attack in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.
  • 28 May 1986: A British UDR soldier was killed in an IRA bomb attack in Kilkeel, County Down.
  • 16 June 1986: A civilian contractor to the British Army was abducted by the IRA and found shot dead in south Armagh.
  • 1 July 1986: A British UDR soldier was killed in an IRA booby-trap bomb attack in Drumaness, County Down.
  • 8 July 1986: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA at his farm in Rosslea, County Fermanagh.
  • 9 July 1986: Two British soldiers were killed and several others injured when the IRA detonated a large car-bomb as a British Army foot-patrol passed near Crossmaglen, County Armagh.
  • 26 July 1986: Three RUC officers were killed when IRA volunteers opened fire on an a stationary armoured patrol car from close range in Newry, County Down.
  • 30 July 1986: A civilian contractor to the British Army was shot and killed by the IRA in Greencastle, County Tyrone.
  • 4 August 1986: A British patrol in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast was attacked by an IRA unit using blast-bombs.
  • 4 August 1986: A British UDR soldier was shot and killed at his home in the Shankill area of Belfast by an IRA active service unit.
  • 28 August 1986: A civilian contractor to the British Army was shot and killed by the IRA in Derry.
  • 14 September 1986: An IRA unit launched a gun attack on a British Army foot-patrol in the Andersonstown area of Belfast. In the ensuing gun-battle IRA volunteer James McKernan was killed.
  • 6 October 1986: A British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
  • 11 October 1986: An RUC officer was killed when the IRA mortared New Barnsley British Army base in Belfast.
  • 24 October 1986: A civilian contractor to the British Army was shot and killed by the IRA in Magherafelt, County Londonderry.
  • 12 December 1986: A civilian was killed when he triggered a booby-trap bomb attached to his car. The IRA claimed he had been mistaken for an off-duty RUC officer.

1987

  • 9 January 1987: An RUC officer was killed when the IRA detonated a remote control bomb hidden in a litter bin as an RUC foot patrol passed the High Street in Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.

  • 26 January 1987: A British soldier was killed in an IRA gun attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone.
  • 6 March 1987: New Barnsley RUC/British Army base in Belfast came under IRA gun attack, meanwhile Fort Jericho British Army base, also in Belfast, was mortared y an IRA unit.
  • 7 March 1987: An RUC riot squad were shot at by an IRA sniper in the Whiterock area of Belfast.
  • 10 March 1987: An RUC officer was killed when the IRA detonated a remote controlled bomb at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in Belfast.
  • 13 March 1987: Two RUC officers were injured in an IRA bomb attack at Roselawn Cemetary in Belfast.
  • 23 March 1987: 2 RUC officers were killed when the IRA detonated a briefcase bomb on the Rock Road in Derry.
  • 30 March 1987: A British soldier was killed in an IRA grenade attack in the Divis Flats complex of West Belfast.
  • 30 March 1987: The IRA launched a gun and grenade attack on New Barnsley RUC/British Army base in Belfast.
  • 3 April 1987: A British soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Ederny, County Fermanagh.
  • 3 April 1987: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA outside Ballynahinch Royal Ulster Constabulary base in County Down.
  • 11 April 1987: Two RUC officers were shot and killed in an IRA ambush while on foot patrol on the Main Street in Portrush, County Antrim.
  • 20 April 1987: An RUC officer was killed when an IRA unit opened fire on an RUC foot patrol on Central Promenade, Newcastle, County Down.
  • 21 April 1987: Harold Henry, a contractor to the British Army was shot dead by the IRA at his home near Moneymore, County Londonderry.
  • 23 April 1987: An RUC officer was killed after being shot by the IRA while off-duty in Prehen, County Londonderry.
  • 25 April 1987: Chief Justice Maurice Gibson, along with his wife, was assassinated when the IRA detonated a roadside bomb as his car passed in Killeen, south Armagh.
  • 25 April 1987: An off duty British soldier was shot and killed by the IRA at his home in Pomeroy, County Tyrone.
  • 28 April 1987: UVF member William Marchant was shot and killed by the IRA in a drive-by shooting on the Shankill Road in west Belfast.
  • 2 May 1987: IRA volunteer Finbarr McKenna was killed in a premature bomb explosion during an attack on Springfield RUC base in Belfast.
  • 21 May 1987: An off-duty British soldier as shot and killed by the IRA in Tiroony, County Tyrone.
  • 4 June 1987: A British soldier was shot and killed by an IRA sniper while on patrol on Shaws Road in Andersonstown, Belfast.
  • 11 June 1987: A British soldier was shot and injured by an IRA sniper in the New Barnsley area of Belfast.
  • 12 June 1987: A British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Lambeg, County Antrim.
  • 23 June 1987: An RUC officer was killed during an IRA gun attack against Antrim Road RUC base, Belfast.
  • 26 June 1987: An off-duty British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA on Surrey Street in Belfast.
  • 7 July 1987: A off-duty British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA on Ligoniel Road in Belfast.
  • 19 July 1987: A British soldier was shot and killed by an IRA sniper while on foot patrol in Belleek, County Fermanagh.
  • 23rd July 1987: An off-duty British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in the Twinbrook area of Belfast.
  • 26 July 1987: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA in Ballymena, County Antrim.
  • [9 August]] 1987: Five RUC officers were injured when their land-rover was hit by an IRA impact-grenade on Dawson Street, Belfast.
  • 10 August 1987: Three RUC officers were injured when their mobile patrol was attacked by an IRA unit using impact-grenades on the Ballymurphy Road in Belfast.
  • 26 August 1987: Two RUC officers were shot and killed by the IRA after entering the Liverpool Bar on Donegall Quay in Belfast.
  • 30 August 1987: An RUC officer was shot dead by the IRA outside his home in Ballyronan, County Londonderry.
  • 17 September 1987: An off-duty British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in the Tigers Bay area of Belfast.
  • 20 September 1987: The IRA mortared Springfield Parade RUC Barracks in Belfast.
  • 1 October 1987: An RUC officer was injured in an IRA grenade assault in Pomeroy, County Tyrone.
  • 3 October 1987: Volunteers of the IRA's South Armagh Brigade launched ten mortars at Glassdrummond British Army base. The base was badly damaged but there were no injuries.
  • 14 October 1987: The IRA fired two rockets at separate RUC bases in Belfast in coordinated attacks in the mid-morning. There were no injuries.
  • 21 October 1987: IRA volunteers in Turf Lodge carried out a punishment shooting against a 16 year old youth (Francis Finnegan). They claimed he was joy rider.
  • 26 October 1987: A British soldier was injured in an attack on the Springfield Road, West Belfast, when his Saracen APC was hit by a drogue-bomb in an IRA attack.
  • 27 October 1987: A British soldier was injured when an IRA unit detonated an anti-personnel device close to Mackies Factory in West Belfast.
  • 28 October 1987: Two IRA volunteers, Eddie McSheffrey and Paddy Derry were killed when bombs they were transporting exploded prematurely in the Creggan area of Derry.
  • 29 October 1987: A British soldier was injured when an IRA unit attacked North Howard Street barracks in Belfast with a grenade launcher.
  • 31 October 1987: Three RUC officers were injured (one seriously) in an IRA ambush in Strabane, County Tyrone.
  • 2nd November 1987: Four RUC officer were injured when their an IRA unit launched a grenade at their Land Rover in North Queen Street, North Belfast.
  • 21 November 1987: The IRA in County Tyrone placed three bombs in the Kildress Inn in Cookstown. The bombs exploded at approximately 7.30 pm destroying the building. A warning was given and there were no injuries.
  • 25 November 1987: Belfast was paralyzed by a series of hoax bomb alerts. A small bomb was also detonated near Donegall Pass. There were no injuries.
  • 27 November 1987: The Belfast to Dublin railway was severed when the IRA detonated a 10lb bomb at Finaghy Halt.
  • 28 November 1987: Two British soldiers were wounded when the IRA launched three mortars at a temporary vehicle check point in south Armagh.
  • 10 December 1987: Two British soldiers were seriously injured when an IRA unit launched a grenade at a mobile patrol in Bank Place, Derry.
  • 17 December 1987: The IRA detonated a 200lb car-bomb outside the home of Judge Donald Murray in Cadogan Park, South Belfast. A warning was given and there were no injuries.
  • 21 December 1987: Two British soldiers were injured in a gun battle with the IRA in the Bogside area of Derry City. The incident occurred just minutes after the IRA had carried out a punishment shooting on a local youth.
  • 22 December 1987: UDA/UFF leader John McMichael was killed when he triggered a 5lb booby trap bomb which had been attached to his car outside his home in Lisburn by an IRA unit.

1988

  • 4 January 1988: A British soldier was shot and injured by an IRA sniper during an attack on Woodbourne RUC/British Army barracks in Belfast.
  • 9 January 1988: The IRA detonated a 500lb car-bomb outside Belfast Law Courts on Chichester Street. A warning was given and there were no injuries.
  • 15 January 1988: A British UDR soldier was shot and fatally wounded by the IRA in Coalisland, County Tyrone. He died a day later.
  • 23 January 1988: An RUC officer was injured after an RUC patrol came under gun and grenade assault on the Culmore Road.
  • 25 January 1988: One RUC officer was killed and others were seriously injured after an IRA unit launched two grenades at their patrol in Mulholland Terrace in West Belfast.
  • 26th January 1988: The IRA detonated a 500lb car-bomb at Dunmurry RUC barracks. The bomb caused extensive damage to the building. A warning was given and there were no injuries.
  • 30 January 1988: An alleged rapist was shot and injured by the IRA in a punishment attack in the Twinbrook area of Belfast.
  • 4 February 1988: An IRA active service unit in Derry engaged a joint British army and RUC checkpoint on the Foyle Bridge. Over 70 rounds were fired before the unit withdrew.
  • 10 February 1988: An IRA grenade attack on a British army observation post on North Howard Street in West Belfast injured two British soldiers.
  • 15 February 1988: A British UDR soldier was shot dead by a unit of the IRA's South Down Command at his home in Kilkeel, County Down.
  • 19 February 1988: Two RUC officers were injured (one seriously) when an IRA active service unit launched a grenade at an RUC armoured car on Main Street in Coalisland.
  • 24 February 1988: Two British UDR soldiers were killed and two injured when an active service unit from the IRA's Belfast Brigade detonated a 250lb bomb at the Royal Avenue security gate in Belfast. One land rover was ripped apart by the explosion.
  • 26 February 1988: An IRA unit launched two mortars at North Howard Street British army base. The mortars exploded in mid-air.
  • 28 February 1988: Two members of the RUC were injured when the IRA launched two grenades at an RUC patrol in Strabane.
  • 29 February 1988: A British soldier and an RUC officer were injured when they triggered an anti-personnel mine which had been planted by the IRA in the Andersonstown area of Belfast.
  • 29th February 1988: Two IRA volunteers, Brendan Burns and Brendan Moley of the IRA's South Armagh Brigade died when bombs they were transporting exploded prematurely during a raid on a British army base.
  • 3 March 1988: Two IRA units attacked Musgrave Street RUC barracks with Rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles. The base was damaged but there were no injuries.
  • 6 March 1988: Operation Flavius: Three unarmed IRA volunteers, Daniel McCann, Sean Savage and Mairead Farrell, were killed by the SAS in Gibraltar, as they were planning an attack on a public military parade. Although initial reports claimed the three had been shot and killed when about to set off a massive car bomb, within 24 hours the Foreign Secretary, Geoffrey Howe, was forced to admit this was not the case. However, a car used by the three was found in Marbella two days after the killings containing 140 lb of Semtex, timed to go off during the changing of the guard.
  • 8 March 1988: A British patrol came under heavy fire from an IRA unit at the Poleglass Roundabout in West Belfast.
  • 14 March 1988: IRA volunteer Kevin McCracken was killed in a gun battle with British forces while attempting to defend the friends and family of Sean Savage (who had been killed in Gibraltar) from RUC and British army intimidation in the Turf Lodge are of West Belfast.
  • 19 March, 1988: Corporals killings: During the funeral of IRA volunteer Kevin Brady, killed in the cemetery attack by Michael Stone, a car approached the funeral procession at high speed. The car was surrounded by mourners, and two men later identified as corporals in the British Army were overpowered, dragged from the car, taken to waste ground and shot dead by the IRA.
  • 6 April 1988: A British UDR soldier was killed when he detonated a booby trap bomb which had been attached to his car by an IRA active service unit in Fermanagh.
  • 7 April 1988: A British soldier and an RUC officer were injured during a large IRA operation in Clougher, County Tyrone. IRA units took control of the town before launching simultaneous assaults on the RUC and UDR barracks. A UDR Major was shot and injured as was an RUC officer.
  • 18 April 1988: A civilian who worked as a laborer for the British army was injured when he triggered a booby trap bomb which had been attached to his car by an IRA unit in Ballyronan, East Tyrone.
  • 18 April 1988: Two British soldiers were injured when an IRA unit detonated a 5lb mine by remote control as a patrol passed in Dungannon.
  • 26 April 1988: Two British soldiers were killed in separate IRA attacks. One UDR soldier was killed in a gun attack near Moortown in County Tyrone. Another British soldier was killed and two injured when the IRA detonated a remote control bomb in Carrickmore.
  • 1 May 1988: Three British soldiers were killed and four others were wounded when the IRA launched separate attacks in the Netherlands. In the first attack an IRA unit opened fire on a car carrying British soldiers near Roermond, killing one and injuring three. In the second attack, two British soldiers were killed when they triggered a booby trap bomb attached to their car in Nieuw Bergen.
  • 6 May 1988: IRA volunteer Hugh Hehir was killed by the Garda Special Branch following a bank raid in County Clare.
  • 11 May 1988: Craigavon RUC barracks came under grenade and gun assault from the IRA shortly after 9:20am. Th base was damaged but there were no injuries.
  • 13 May 1988: Two British soldiers were seriously wounded when the IRA detonated an anti-personnel mine as their patrol passed on North Howard Street, Belfast.
  • 16 May 1988: A British UDR soldier was seriously injured when a booby trap bomb concealed in a creamery can exploded at Bantry, near Dungannon.
  • 19 May 1988: Seven RUC officers were injured in an IRA bomb attack during the Balmoral Show in Belfast.
  • 12 May 1988: A British soldier, of the Royal Pioneer Corps dog unit, and his dog were killed when they triggered an IRA anti-personnel device on the Castleblaney Road.
  • 24 May 1988: An IRA unit fired four mortars at Cookstown British army base. Three of the mortars landed inside the base but only one exploded.
  • 15 June, 1988: Six off-duty British soldiers were killed by an IRA booby trap bomb attached to their minibus in Market Square, Lisburn after a local fun run.
  • 22 June, 1988: A British soldier was wounded in an IRA gun and bomb attack in the Westrock area of Belfast.
  • 1 August, 1988: One soldier, Lance Corporal Michael Robbins, was killed and a further nine were injured by a timer device. The attack was the first Provisional IRA bomb on the UK mainland in four years. The target was the British Army base at the Inglis Barracks in Mill Hill, North London.
  • 27 August, 1988: The IRA carried out over 200 separate gun and bomb attacks across Northern Ireland, within a 24 hour period, in a demonstration of the IRA's military capacity. It was timed to coincide with the extradition hearing of IRA volunteer Robert Russell.
  • 7 October, 1988: A British soldier was wounded in an IRA booby-trap bomb attack in Belfast.

1989

  • 4 January 1989: Two RUC officers were injured in an IRA booby-trap bomb attack in the New Barnsley area of Belfast.
  • 28 January 1989: An RUC officer was killed when an IRA unit launched a grenade at a stationary patrol vehicle in Sion Mills, Tyrone.
  • 31 January 1989: A British soldier was killed when an IRA unit detonated a remote control bomb which was hidden in a drainpipe as a British Army foot-patrol passed in the Falls area of Belfast.
  • 22 February 1989: A British soldier was shot and killed when a military bus came under gun attack from an IRA unit in the Waterside area of Derry.
  • 8 March 1989: Two British soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck an IRA landmine on the Buncrana Road in Derry.
  • 14 March 1989: An off duty British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA while at his workplace in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
  • 16 March 1989: A UVF member was shot and killed by the IRA while at his home in the Skegoneill area of Belfast.
  • 20 March 1989: Two high ranking RUC officers, Superintendent Bob Buchanan and Chief Superintendent Harry Breen, were ambushed and killed by the IRA in south Armagh.
  • 12 April 1989: A civilian was killed when the IRA detonated a car-bomb at Warrenpoint RUC barracks.
  • 24 April 1989: A 400lb IRA van-bomb failed to explode in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast. Despite a warning from the IRA that there was a primed and unexploded bomb on a main road the RUC refused to close the street and only responded to the incident 13 hours later.
  • 4 May 1989: A Prison Officer was killed by an IRA booby trap bomb attached to his car in Loughgall, Armagh.
  • 4 May 1989: A British soldier was killed in an IRA landmine attack on a British army foot patrol just outside Crossmaglen in south Armagh.
  • 19 June 1989: A bomb exploded at a British Army base in Osnabruck, Germany. Nobody was injured, but the explosion caused damage estimated at £75,000.
  • 1 July 1989: An off-duty RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA in Garvagh, County Londonderry.
  • 2 July 1989: A British soldier was killed in an IRA booby trap bomb attack outside his home in Hanover, Germany.
  • 7 July 1989: A number of RUC officers were injured in an IRA landmine attack in Red Arch Bay, County Antrim. One officer died of his wounds 18 days later.
  • 16 September 1989: A British soldier was shot dead by an IRA sniper during an attack on Coalisland British Army Base, Tyrone.
  • 8 October 1989: An RUC officer was killed in an IRA booby trap bomb attack outside his home in Antrim.
  • 20 October 1989: An RUC officer was shot and killed during an IRA ambush of an RUC armoured patrol near Newtownhamilton, Armagh.
  • 17 November 1989: A British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA outside Drumad British Army base, Armagh.
  • 18 November 1989: Two British soldiers were killed while on foot patrol when they entered a derelict cottage which had been booby-trapped by the IRA in County Down.

1990s

1990

  • 2 January, 1990: Ulster Democratic Party member Harry Dickey was killed when he triggered a booby trap bomb which had been attached to his car by a unit of the IRA in Belfast.
  • 9 January, 1990: A British UDR soldier was shot dead by the IRA on the Main Street of Castlederg in Tyrone.
  • 22 January, 1990: An RUC officer was shot and killed by an IRA unit in Kilburn Park, Armagh.
  • 11 February 1990: Three British soldiers were injured when their helicopter was forced out of the sky after being hit by machine-gun fire from an IRA unit. The incident occurred near Clogher in County Tyrone.
  • 8 March, 1990: An off-duty British UDR soldier was shot and killed by an IRA unit in Tullynure, County Tyrone.
  • 28 March, 1990: An RUC officer was shot and killed by an IRA unit while at his home on the Newry Road in Armagh.
  • 9 April, 1990: Four British UDR soldiers were killed when the IRA detonated a landmine under their patrol vehicle in Downpatrick, County Down.
  • 27 April, 1990: A contractor to the British army was killed by the IRA when he triggered a booby-trp bomb attached to his car in Kilkeel, County Down.
  • 5 May, 1990: A British soldier was shot and killed when an IRA unit launched an attack on a British Army Observation Post near Culyhanna in South Armagh.
  • 16 May, 1990: The IRA detonated a bomb under a military minubus in London, killing Sgt Charles Chapman, and injuring four other soldiers.
  • 27 May 1990: Two Australian tourists were shot and killed in the Netherlands, having been mistaken for off-duty British soldiers from a base across the German border.
  • 30 June 1990: Two RUC officers were shot and killed in an IRA ambush on Castle Street, Belfast.
  • 24 July 1990: Three RUC officers and one civilian were killed when an IRA unit ambushed a joint RUC and British army patrol in Armagh.
  • 30 July 1990 Ian Gow MP was assassinated by the IRA when a booby trap device exploded under his car as he was leaving his home.
  • 4 September 1990: The IRA tested a new type of bomb in Fermanagh. An 8000lb bomb was loaded onto an unmanned tractor and trailer near Roslea in Fermanagh and driven by remote control towards a British Army outpost. The attack failed when the massive bomb caused the tractor to overturn but the remotely delivered bomb would later be used in successful attacks on British Army installations in Armagh.
  • 6 September 1990: The IRA bombed the British Navy ship the RFA Fort Victoria (A387). The bombs caused extensive damage to the engine room resulting in severe flooding. The ship was put out of action for three years.
  • 17 September 1990: An RUC officer was abducted and later shot dead by the IRA in Armagh.
  • 18 September 1990: The IRA attempted to kill Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Terry at his Staffordshire home. Terry had been a prime target since his days as Governor of Gibraltar, where he signed the documents allowing the SAS to pursue IRA terrorists. The revenge attack took place at 9pm at the Main Road house. The gunman opened fire through a window hitting him at least nine times and injuring his wife, Lady Betty Terry, near the eye. The couple's daughter, Liz, was found suffering from shock. Terry's face had to be rebuilt as the shots shattered his face and two high-velocity bullets lodged a fraction of an inch from his brain.
  • 23 September 1990: AN off duty British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Oxford Island, Armagh.
  • 13 October 1990: An RUC and British army unit was attacked by an IRA unit at a security barrier in Belfast. One RUC officer died two days later after being shot a number of times.
  • 23 October 1990: A UVF member was shot and killed by the IRA on the Falls Road, Belfast.
  • 24 October 1990: The IRA forced British army cook Patsy Gillespie to deliver explosives to a British Army checkpoint in a proxy bomb attack. The bomb detonated, killing Gillespie and five British Army soldiers.
  • 24 October 1990: A British soldier was killed in an IRA proxy-bomb attack at a permanent vehicle check point in Armagh.
  • 24 October 1990: An attempted IRA proxy-bomb attack against a British army base in Omagh failed when the bomb did not explode.
  • 2 November 1990: A British UDR soldier was killed by the IRA when he triggered a booby trap bomb which had been attached to his car in Cookstown, County Tyrone.
  • 10 November 1990: Two RUC officers and two civilians were shot and killed by the IRA while they were out shooting wildfowl.
  • 20 December 1990: An RUC officer was shot and killed by an IRA sniper in Waringstown, County Down.

1991

  • 1 March 1991: Two British UDR soldiers were killed in an IRA ambush on the Killylea road, Armagh.
  • 6 April 1991: An RUC officer was killed when he triggered an booby-trap bomb attached to his car by the IRA in Ballycastle, County Antrim.
  • 10 April 1991: IRA volunteer Colm Marks was shot and killed by the RUC while he was preparing a mortar bomb in Downpatrick, County Down.
  • 13 April 1991: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA in Lisburn, County Antrim.
  • 1 May 1991: An RUC officer was killed after his patrol vehicle was hit by an IRA rocket in Beechmount, Belfast.
  • 17 May 1991: An RUC officer was killed in a bomb attack in Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh.
  • 25 May 1991: A British soldier was killed when the IRA fired a grenade into North Howard Street British Army Base, Belfast.
  • 27 May 1991: An RUC officer was shot and killed in an IRA ambush in Lower Crescent, Belfast.
  • 31 May 1991: Three British UDR soldiers were killed when the IRA detonated a lorry-bomb outside Glenanne British Army Base in Armagh.
  • 3 June 1991: Three IRA volunteers were killed in an ambush by the British Army at Coagh, county Tyrone. The Army stated the IRA volunteers had been intercepted on their way to an attack
  • 17 June 1991: A British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Duncrue, Belfast.
  • 19 June 1991: A British soldier was shot and killed by the IRA while off-duty in Strandtown, Belfast.
  • 29 June 1991: Ulster Democratic Party member Cecil McKnight was shot and killed by the IRA in the Waterside area of Derry City.
  • 8 August 1991: British agent Martin McGartland was abducted by the IRA in Belfast. He was being interrogated in a flat when he managed to escape by jumping out of a third floor window.
  • 9 August 1991: Ulster Democratic Party member Gary Lynch was shot and killed by the IRA in Lisahally, Derry.
  • 15 August 1991: A civilian was killed and a number of British soldiers wounded when the IRA launched a grenade at a British Army foot patrol in the Falls area of Belfast.
  • 17 August 1991: A British soldier was killed when the IRA detonated a landmine as a British Army Patrol passed near Cullyhanna in south Armagh.
  • 10 September 1991: A UVF member was shot and killed by the IRA in the Village area of Belfast.
  • 17 September 1991: An RUC officer was killed and several British soldiers wounded when the IRA carried out a horizontal mortar attack against a joint patrol in Swatragh, County Londonderry.
  • 19 September 1991: A British Army contractor was shot and killed at his workplace in Duncrue, Belfast.
  • 2 November 1991: Two British soldiers were killed when the IRA detonated a bomb at Musgrave Park British Army base in Belfast.
  • 6 November 1991: A British UDR soldier was killed in an IRA mortar attack in Bellaghy, County Londonderry.
  • 13 November 1991: A UDA member and a civilian were shot and killed by the IRA in the Village area of Belfast.
  • 15 November 1991: Two IRA volunteers were killed in St Albans when their bomb detonated prematurely. A civilian was also injured.
  • 24 November 1991: One UVF member and one UDA member were killed when the IRA volunteeraged to plant a bomb in the dining hall used by loyalist prisoners in the Crumlin Road Prison, Belfast.
  • 27 November 1991: A British UDR soldier was shot and killed by the IRA while off-duty in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.

1992

  • 10 January 1992: A small device explodes in Whitehall Place, London following a telephoned warning. No injuries.
  • 27 January 1992: A civilian was injured when an IRA bomb exploded at the bottom of Rockdale Street in Belfast.
  • 2 February 1992: The IRA detonated a car-bomb on Botanic Avenue, Belfast. The explosion caused widespread damage.
  • 15 February 1992: The IRA detonated a 450lb bomb on Adelaide Street, Belfast. The bomb caused millions of pounds worth of damage.
  • 24 March 1992: The IRA detonated a massive car-bomb containing over 1,100lbs of explosive in Pakenham Street, Belfast. The bomb caused severe damage to the Police Station and nearby business premises
  • 27 March 1992: An RUC officer was killed when an IRA unit hit his patrol vehicle with a mortar in Newry, County Down.
  • 13 April 1992: A 500lb IRA car-bomb was defused outside Castlereagh police station.
  • 18 April 1992: An employee of the British Army was shot and killed by the IRA in Armagh.
  • 1 May 1992: A British soldier was killed when the IRA used a specially designed unmanned railway bogie to deliver a bomb to a British Army permanent vehicle checkpoint in Killeen, Armagh.
  • 7 June 1992: A British Police officer was shot and killed after he stopped the car of an IRA volunteer in Yorkshire, England.
  • 3 August 1992: A British soldier was shot and killed by an IRA sniper in the New Lodge area of Belfast.
  • 21 August 1992: A civilian was shot and killed in a crossfire by the IRA during a gun battle in Ardoyne after an IRA unit had engaged an RUC patrol.
  • 30 September 1992: A UDA member was shot and killed by the IRA in the Ballynafeigh area of Belfast.
  • 10 October 1992: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA in the Monico Bar, Lombard Street, Belfast.
  • 20 October 1992: A British soldier was shot and killed by the IRA while at his home in Rasharkin, Antrim.
  • 31 October 1992: The IRA wiped out the IPLO in Belfast after a vicious internal IPLO feud and allegations that it was dealing drugs. The leader of the IPLO's breakaway Belfast Brigade, Sammy Ward, was shot dead in the Short Strand and several other high ranking members were kneecapped. Their lives were spared on condition that the IPLO surrender and disband immediately. Within a few days both IPLO factions surrendered and disbanded. IPLO units in Newry and Armagh were not attacked and absolved of any involvement in criminality or drug dealing by the IRA.
  • 15 November 1992: An RUC officer was shot and killed by an IRA sniper while manning a vehicle checkpoint in Belcoo, COunty Fermanagh.
  • 1 December 1992: An IRA van-bomb was made safe by the British Army in London after a telephoned warning.
  • 4 December 1992: The IRA detonated two small bombs in Manchester, England. Sixty - four people were injured.
  • 9 December 1992: The IRA detonated two car-bombs on King Street, Belfast City centre.
  • 30 December 1992: A British soldier was shot and killed at his home in the Cavehill Road area of Belfast.

1993

  • 6 January 1993: Large parts of London were cordoned off after IRA firebombs exploded in a number of stores.http://www.uhb.fr/langues/cei/chron93.htm
  • 7 January 1993: The IRA attempted to detonate a bomb at an oil and gas storage depot in east Belfast.
  • 11 January 1993: The victim of an IRA punishment attack in Dungannon had to have one of his legs amputated.
  • 11 January 1993: An IRA unit launched a rocket at a police station in south Belfast.
  • 20 January 1993: The IRA mortared Clogher RUC station in Tyrone causing considerable damage to the building.
  • 23 January 1993: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA while on foot patrol on Shipquay Street in Derry.http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1993.html
  • 27 January 1993: An IRA bomb exploded outside Harrods, London, injuring four people.
  • 6 February 1993: The IRA fired a mark-16 grenade at a British army patrol on Ross Street, Belfast.
  • 9 February 1993: A British soldier was killed and four others seriously wounded when an IRA unit detonated a remote control bomb as a foot patrol passed on Cathedral Road, Armagh.
  • 10 February 1993: A small IRA bomb exploded in a residential area of London.
  • 15 February 1993: A British soldier was shot and killed by the IRA outside his home in the Highfields area of Belfast.
  • 20 February 1993: Four British soldiers were injured when their patrol vehicle was hit by a rocket in the Woodburn area of Belfast.
  • 22 February 1993: Two RUC officers were injured in an IRA bomb attack on a base in Derry.
  • 24 February 1993: An RUC officer was killed in Loughgall, Armagh, after he triggered a booby trap bomb which had been attached to his car by an IRA unit.
  • 6 March 1993: The IRA ambushed a car carrying two loyalist paramilitary figures. One was shot and wounded in the attack which took place in the Shankill area of Belfast.
  • 7 March 1993: Four RUC officers were seriously injured when the IRA detonated a car-bomb on the Main Street of Bangor, County Down.
  • 8 March 1993: The IRA launched a mortar attack on Keady British army base. A civilian who was working as a contractor for the British army was killed.
  • 9 March 1993: The IRA took over two houses in the Woodburn area of Belfast and fired a rocket from a window at a British foot patrol.
  • 9 March 1993: A British soldier was shot and wounded by the IRA in east Belfast.
  • 10 March 1993: A Protestant man was shot and killed by the IRA in the Oldpark area of Belfast. The IRA claimed he was a loyalist paramilitary.
  • 13 March 1993: The IRA mortared a British army observation post at Glassdrummond, Armagh.
  • 7 April 1993: Three British soldiers were wounded when the IRA mortared their base in Crossmaglen. The IRA also detonated a bomb at a Conservative club in London.
  • 6 May 1993: A British soldier was seriously injured in an IRA car-bomb attack in Lurgan.
  • 20 May 1993: A 1,000lb IRA bomb exploded in Glengall Street, Belfast, causing over 5 million pounds worth of damage.
  • 22 May 1993: A 1,000lb IRA bomb devastated Portadown town centre.
  • 23 May 1993: A 200lb IRA bomb wrecked a hotel in south Belfast.
  • 23 May 1993: An IRA bomb containing over 1,500lb of explosives was detonated in the centre of Magherafelt causing millions of pounds worth of damage.
  • 26 May 1993: A British soldier was wounded in an IRA attack in east Belfast.
  • 31 May 1993: A British soldier was killed by the IRA when he triggered a booby trap bomb attached to his car in Moneymore, Derry.
  • 6 June 1993: Two RUC officers were injured in an IRA bomb attack in west Belfast.
  • 9 June 1993: An IRA bomb exploded at a petrol storage depot in Tyneside, England.
  • 22 June 1993: The IRA detonated a bomb at a hotel in Newry.
  • 3 July 1993: Strabane courthouse was bombed by the IRA.
  • 15 July 1993: An IRA car-bomb exploded at central station in Belfast causing extensive damage.
  • 12 August 1993: Five RUC officers and four civilians were wounded in an IRA attack in south Belfast.
  • 18 August 1993: The IRA detonated a car-bomb in Dublin Road, in the centre of Belfast city. The blast caused over 750,000 pounds worth of damage.
  • 22 August 1993: The IRA detonated a bomb on Gloucester Street, in central Belfast causing considerable damage.
  • 23 August 1993: The IRA detonated a car-bomb outside a bank on the Ormeau Road causing extensive damage.
  • 27 August 1993: The IRA mortared Lisnaskea RUC barracks in Fermanagh. Over 60 nearby homes were damaged in the attack. The IRA also carried out a bomb attack against a British patrol in the Markets area of Belfast.
  • 28 August 1993: British police defused an IRA bomb in London. The device was left within London's brand new high-tech security barrier dubbed the "Ring of Steel".
  • 29 August 1993: Shots were exchanged between the Provisionals and the Officials in the Markets area of Belfast.
  • 31 August 1993: The IRA detonated a car-bomb at a shopping centre in south Belfast causing over 1 million pounds worth of damage. In a separate attack in Ardoyne, two British soldiers were wounded when the IRA detonated a car-bomb near their patrol.
  • 1 September 1993: Two IRA bombs were defused by the British army in Cullyhanna, Armagh.
  • 3 September 1993: A massive IRA car-bomb devastated the centre of Armagh City.
  • 10 September 1993: Belfast's transport links were disrupted by a number of IRA hoax alerts.
  • 13 September 1993: The IRA bombed Stormont hotel, injuring an RUC officer and two civilians.
  • 14 September 1993: The IRA detonated a bomb ata hotel in Strabane, causing serious damage.
  • 15 September 1993: The IRA shot dead a Catholic man in Lisburn. They claimed he had been supplying the RUC with information on republicans.
  • 21 September 1993: A British soldier was wounded when an IRA unit threw a blast-bomb at his patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast.
  • 23 September 1993: There was a fierce exchange of fire between a number IRA units and British helicopters in south Armagh. The IRA units used a large number of assault rifles and at least one heavy-machine gun.
  • 27 September 1993: A 300lb IRA car-bomb caused extensive damage to the centre of Belfast. Another larger IRA car-bomb wrecked commercial premises in south Belfast.
  • 30 September 1993: A hotel in Markethill was badly damaged in an IRA bomb attack.
  • 1 October 1993: Six IRA firebombs detonated in commercial premises in Belfast, Lisburn and Newtownabbey.
  • 3 October 1993: A hotel in Newtownabbey, Antrim, was bombed by the IRA.
  • 4 October 1993: Five IRA bombs detonated in north London, injuring four people and destroying a number of buisnesses.
  • 9 October 1993: The IRA mortared a British Army base in Kilkeel, Down.
  • 11 October 1993: The IRA firebombed three commercial premises in Belfast and one in Lisburn.
  • 21 October 1993: The manager of a security firm with contracts to the British Army was shot dead by the IRA at his home in Glengormley.
  • 24 October 1993: An IRA bomb exploded on a railway line in Berkshire, England. Other devices were defused at Reading and Basingstoke stations.
  • 27 October 1993: An IRA unit carried out a gun attack on a British checkpoint in Derriaghy, near Belfast.
  • 2 November 1993: An RUC officer was shot and killed by an IRA sniper in Newry, Down.
  • 7 November 1997: A British soldier was shot and wounded by an IRA sniper in the New Lodge area of Belfast. An IRA unit also mortared an RUC station in Caledon, Tyrone.
  • 29 November 1993: The IRA carried out a gun and bomb attack on the home of an RUC officer in Armagh.
  • 3 December 1993: A massive IRA bomb was defused in the Poleglass area of Belfast.
  • 7 December 1993: An IRA unit mortared Newtownbutler RUC barracks in Fermanagh.
  • 12 December 1993: Two RUC officers were shot and killed by the IRA while on the main street of Fivemiletown, Tyrone.
  • 16 December 1993: Two further IRA bombs on the Surrey railway were defused.
  • 19 December 1993: An IRA landmine attack on a British patrol in Derry left six civilians who were near the device requiring hospital treatment.
  • 20 December 1993: A British soldier and a civilian were wounded in an IRA bomb attack in the Suffolk area of Belfast.
  • 27 December 1993: The IRA ceasefire ended with a bomb attack on Fintona RUC station, a car-bomb attack on Springfield Road RUC station and a gun and bomb attack on a British Army base in Portadown.
  • 29 December 1993: An IRA unit fired a missile at a British patrol on Upper Library Street in Belfast.

1994

  • 1 January 1994: Eleven premises in and around Belfast were firebombed by the IRA including the Linen Hall Libraryhttp://www.uhb.fr/langues/cei/chron94.htm
  • 6 January 1994: An IRA unit fired a grenade at a British patrol on the Springfield Road Belfast.
  • 11 January 1994: Two British soldiers were injured in an IRA bomb attack on their base in Crossmaglen, Armagh.
  • 11 January 1994: Three RUC officers were injured when their patrol vehicle was hit by an IRA rocket in the Short Strand area of Belfast.
  • 19 January 1994: Three stores in Coleraine and Limavady were damaged by IRA firebombs. Devices were also found in four other premises.
  • 22 January 1994: A British Army Land Rover was hit by an IRA rocket while on patrol in Poleglass.
  • 24 January 1994: An RUC officer escaped injury after an IRA unit opened fire at him in Fermanagh.
  • 27 January 1994: IRA bombs exploded in three stores in Oxford Street, London.
  • 28 January 1994: An IRA firebomb exploded in Oxford Street, London, and another was discovered.
  • 30 January 1994: An IRA rocket was fired at a British Army post in the New Lodge area of Belfast.
  • 3 February 1994: An IRA unit planted a bomb outside the home of an RUC assistant Chief Constable in Derry.
  • 6 February 1994: Three British soldiers were injured when an IRA mortar hit their patrol vehicle in Poleglass.
  • 17 February 1994: An RUC officer was killed and two others serioruly injured when the IRA fired a home made rocket at an RUC patrol vehicle on Friendly Street in the Markets area of Belfast.http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/1994.html
  • 20 February 1994: An IRA unit fired a rocket at a British patrol car in Poleglass.
  • 2 March 1994: The IRA carried out a mortar attack on a British patrol in west Belfast.
  • 8 March 1994: Four mortar shells were fired from a car towards Heathrow Airport. The shells landed inside on or near the northern runway, but failed to explode.
  • 10 March 1994: The IRA launched a second attack on Heathrow, firing four mortar shells over the perimeter fence which landed near Terminal Four but failed to explode.
  • 10 March 1994: An RUC officer was shot and killed by the IRA in Dunmore Greyhound Stadium in Belfast.
  • 13 March 1994: The IRA defied tightened security to launch a third attack on Heathrow, firing five mortar shells over the perimeter fence which landed near Terminal Four but failed to explode. Later that night both Heathrow and Gatwick airports were closed for 2 hours after coded telephoned bomb threats were received.
  • 13 March 1994: An IRA arms cache was discovered at a college in Belfast. A grenade, a rifle, a pistol, a homemade bomb, a number of detonators, 2bls of explosive and over 1,500 rounds of ammunition were captured.
  • 31 March 1994: Garvaghy Road RUC base came under attack from an IRA unit using rockets and automatic weapons.
  • 5 April 1994: The IRA began a three day ceasefire in an attempt to show it was serious about bringing about an end to the conflict.
  • 8 April 1994: The three day IRA ceasefire ended at midnight.
  • 9 April 1994: An IRA unit attacked a checkpoint in Newtownbutler, Fermanagh with automatic weapons. A British patrol in Stewardstown, Belfast, came under IRA rocket attack. A border checkpoint was mortared by an IRA unit in Tyrone.
  • 15 April 1994: An RUC patrol came under IRA rocket attack in Armagh.
  • 20 April 1994: An RUC officer was killed when the IRA fired a horizontal mortar at a British army patrol in the Waterside area of Derry City.
  • 25 April 1994: Sixteen alleged drug-dealers were shot in the knees by the IRA across Belfast City.
  • 26 April 1994: An alleged drug dealer, Francis Rice, was shot dead by the IRA in the Suffolk area of Belfast.
  • 28 April 1994: An ex-British soldier was shot dead by the IRA in Armagh.
  • 1 May 1994: Two more alleged drug dealers were shot in the knees by the IRA.
  • 6 May 1994: An IRA unit fired a rocket at a British army patrol in the Lenadoon area of Belfast. A woman who was standing nearby was wounded by shrapnel.
  • 11 May 1994: an IRA unit launched an attack against a British observation post in west Belfast.
  • 12 May 1994: The homes of two RUC officers were bombed by the IRA. An IRA unit also launched a mortar at an RUC base in Newry and a rocket was fired at a British patrol in Poleglass.
  • 13 May 1994: A civilian employed by the RUC was killed by the IRA after a booby trap bomb exploded beneath his car as he traveled through Lurgan.
  • 14 May 1994: A British soldier was killed when the IRA detonated a bomb next to a British army permanent vehicle checkpoint in Keady.
  • 21 May 1994: A British soldier was abducted by the IRA and later found shot dead in a field near the Mullaghcreevie housing estate in Armagh.
  • 21 May 1994: IRA volunteer Martin Doherty was shot and killed by the UVF in Dublin while attempting to stop the bombing of a pub. His actions are believed to have save the lives of many people.
  • 30 May 1994: An IRA unit mortared a British army base in Tempo, Fermanagh.
  • 4 June 1994: A leading loyalist paramilitary was injured in an IRA bomb attack in Portadown.
  • 10 June 1994: Three British soldiers were wounded after an IRA unit mortared a British checkpoint in Crossmaglen, Armagh.
  • 13 June 1994: An IRA bomb exploded at a railroad station in Hertfordshire, England.
  • 21 June 1994: An IRA unit fired a rocket at an RUC patrol in west Belfast.
  • 4 July 1994: Seven people were injured when an IRA mortar overshot its target (a British Army patrol) and landed in the carpark of a church in south Belfast.
  • 8 July 1994: Two British soldiers were injured when their patrol vehicle was hit by an IRA rocket in the Suffolk area of Belfast.
  • 11 July 1994: A member of the Ulster Democratic Party, Ray Smallwoods, was shot and killed by the IRA in Lisburn. Smallwoods was an ex-leading member of the UDA and was responsible for shooting and injuring Bernadette McAliskey.
  • 12 July 1994: A two-ton IRA lorry bomb was discovered in Heysham in England.
  • 12 July 1994: A British Army RAF helicopter was hit by an IRA mortar over Newtownhamilton and forced to crash land.
  • 20 July 1994: An RUC officer was injured in an IRA bomb attack in Cookstown, Tyrone
  • 29 July 1994: More than 40 people were injured when the IRA mortared Newry RUC Barracks.
  • 31 July 1994: Two UDA members, including high ranking member Joe Bratty, were shot and killed by the IRA on the Ormeau Road in Belfast.
  • 3 August 1994: Three British soldiers were injured when the IRA mortared Newtownhamilton British army base.
  • 8 August 1994: An off-duty British soldier was shot and killed by the IRA in Crossgar, County Down.
  • 18 August 1994: An IRA firebomb exploded in a bar on the Ormeau Road.
  • 21 August 1994: The IRA mortared a British army base in Roslea, Fermanagh.
  • 30 August 1994: The IRA detonated a bomb outside Springfield Road RUC base in Belfast.
  • 31 August 1994: The IRA declared the first of two ceasefires in the 1990s.
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  • 6 September 1994: Six IRA volunteers attempted to escape from Whitemoor Jail in Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 22 September 1994: A Derry man sustained a broken leg in an IRA punishment beating.
  • 10 November 1994: A Post Office worker was shot and killed when the IRA raided a Royal Mail sorting office in Newry. The IRA admitted it had carried out the attack but claimed it was not sanctioned by the Army Council and that the ceasefire still stood.

1996

  • 10 February 1996: The IRA ended its 1994 ceasefire with a massive lorry-bombing in central London adjacent to the South Quay DLR station in London Docklands. Despite warnings to evacuate the area two civilians were killed in the bombing. The initial estimate of the damage caused was £85m.
  • 15 February 1996: A bomb placed in a phone booth on the Charing Cross Road in London is made safe using a controlled explosion.
  • 18 February 1996: An improvised high explosive device detonated prematurely on a bus in Aldwych, in central London, killing Edward O'Brien, the IRA operative transporting the device and injuring eight others.
  • 31 March 1996: The IRA handed over £20,000 pounds of captured cannabis to a Priest in Newry who then handed it over to the RUC. The IRA said they had captured it from a drug-dealer.http://www.uhb.fr/langues/cei/chron96.htm
  • 7 April 1996: The IRA detonated a bomb in Earls Court, west London.
  • 24 April 1996: Two small IRA bombs exploded underneath Hammersmith Bridge, London.
  • 15 June 1996: The IRA detonated a 3,000 lb bomb in Manchester, injuring over 200 people and causing damage valued at £411m. This was the largest IRA bomb ever detonated in Great Britain, and the largest bomb to explode in Great Britain since the Second World War.
  • 28 June 1996: An IRA unit mortared a British Army base at Osnabrück in Germany. The attack caused widespread damage when a shell landed in the bases fuel depot.
  • 7 October 1996: The IRA detonated two car bombs at the British Army's Northern Ireland HQ, Thiepval Barracks, killing a British soldier and injuring 21 soldiers and 11 civilian workers.

1997

  • 13 January 1997: An IRA unit fired a horizontal mortar at a joint British Army/RUC patrol on Kennedy Way in Belfast. There were no injuries.
  • 18 January 1997: An IRA unit fired two mortars at an armoured RUC patrol in Downpatrick, County Down. There were no injuries.
  • 20 January 1997: An IRA unit hurled two explosive devices at a British armoured vehicle as it left Mountpottinger RUC barracks. There were no injuries.
  • 5 February 1997: An IRA unit fired a mortar at a British patrol on Newell Road in Dungannon. There were no injuries.http://www.anphoblacht.com/news/detail/27833 British soldier shot dead
  • 9 February, 1997: A massive landmine was discovered on the A5 motorway between Strabane and Omagh. The IRA said it was intended for a British patrol but the presence of civilians in the area forced them to disarm the device.
  • 10 February 2009: An IRA unit threw a "coffee jar fragmentation grenade" at an RUC patrol and also fired a horizontal mortar. The ambush took place outside the village of Pomeroy, Tyrone. One RUC member was injured.
  • 12 February, 1997: A British soldier was shot and killed by an IRA sniper near the British Army base in Bessbrook, County Armagh, Lance Bombadier Stephen Restorick was the last British soldier to be killed in Northern Ireland until 2009.
  • 13 February 1997: An RUC patrol vehicle was hit by an IRA RPG in the Kilwikie estate in North Armagh. There were no injuries.
  • 22 February 1997: An IRA mortar unit was intercepted by the RUC on it's way to carry out an attack on a British Army installation in Tyrone. A five-mile chase followed before the IRA volunteers managed to escape on foot.
  • 6 March 1997: The IRA detonated a large bomb on Glenalina Road in Belfast as a joint British Army/RUC patrol passed.
  • 26 March 1997: The IRA carried out a double bomb attack on a mainline railway and signal box in Wilmslow, England. There was also a hoax bomb alert on the main Doncaster line. The attacks caused major and widespread railway and traffic disruption.
  • 29 March 1997: A British soldier was seriously wounded when he was shot by an IRA sniper outside Forkhill security base in south Armagh.
  • 3 April 1997: The discovery of two bombs on main motorways in England following coded warnings by the IRA resulted in widespread disruption.
  • 9 April 1997: The IRA attacked two British border checkpoints near Roslea in Fermanagh. Both checkpoints were raked with automatic gunfire.
  • 10 April 1997: An RUC officer was shot and wounded by an IRA sniper in Derry City.
  • 18 April 1997: A series of bombs and bomb alerts brought Britains transport system to a halt and effectively cut all the main routes connecting England to Scotland. Bomb alerts closed large sections of the M6 motorway. A bomb blast closed Leeds railway station while a bomb blast at a rail bridge in Doncaster halted both rail and motorway traffic.
  • 21 April 1997: IRA bomb hoaxes almost entirely closed down Londons transport links. King's Cross, St. Pancras, Charing Cross, Paddington, Baker Street and all three railway stations at Watford junction were evacuated due to bomb alerts. Soon after alerts closed Gatwick, Stansted and parts of Heathrow airports. By 9am, at the height of the rush hour, London was `gridlocked' with a ten mile jam on the M25.
  • 29 April 1997: Britain's transport industry claimed minimum losses of £30 million after a series of IRA bomb alerts in southern England brought traffic to a standstill.
  • 31 May 1997: A massive IRA landmine was discovered in Poleglass. The IRA said the device was intended for a British patrol but that the attack had to be abandoned due to the proximity of civilians to the ambush site. The firing mechanism was disabled and a warning phoned in.
  • 10 June 1997: The IRA carried out a gun attack on a British Army unit in Derry.
  • 16 June 1997: Two RUC officers were shot dead in an IRA ambush while on foot patrol in Lurgan, County Armagh. Both officers were shot at point blank range in the back of the head.
  • 26 June 1997: Am IRA unit fired an RPG-7 at a British armoured patrol in north Belfast. The rocket bounced off the vehicle and exploded in an empty building. This was the first time the IRA used an RPG-7 since the first ceasefire.
  • 6 July 1997: The IRA carried out a number of blast-bomb and gun attacks on the RUC across Belfast City.
  • 11 July 1997: Three British soldiers and two RUC members were injured when the IRA launched a gun and bomb attack on their checkpoint in North Belfast. The IRA unit fired 56 shots from two AK-47 assault rifles and also threw a coffee-jar bomb.
  • 13 July 1997: The IRA claimed responsibility for shooting two men in the knees in Newry. They claimed the men were criminals who had been responsible for assaulting two members of Sinn Féin as well as stealing from local businesses.
  • 19 July 1997: The IRA declared a second ceasefire, stating "We have ordered the unequivocal restoration of the ceasefire of August 1994. All IRA units have been instructed accordingly".

1998

  • 9 February 1998: Convicted drug-dealer Brendan Campbell was shot dead by the IRA on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.
  • 10 February 1998: The IRA was believed to be responsible for killing UDA member Bobby Dougan in retaliation for the killings of Catholics. Sinn Féin was temporarily excluded from peace talks as a result.
  • 19 July 1998: Andrew Kearney, a civilian from the New Lodge in Belfast was shot in the legs outside his girlfriends house and died of his injuries. His family have claimed he was killed by the IRA after he assaulted a leading IRA volunteer from north Belfast.
  • 21 November 1998: An alleged drug dealer was shot dead by the IRA in Dublin.

1999

  • 9 May 1999: Brendan Fegan, a convicted drug dealer was shot dead by the IRA in Newry.
  • 13 June 1999: Paul Downey, a suspected drug dealer, was abducted from a hotel in Newry by an IRA unit, he was then shot in the head and his body dumped near Beleek.
  • 30 July 1999: Charles Bennett was shot in a punishment attack outside a GAA club in west Belfast. He died of his injuries a shot time later. The IRA is believed to have been responsible.

2000s

2000

  • April 2000: An IRA active service unit was intercepted by police in Dublin and two members were arrested. The unit is believed to have been on its way to execute notorious Dublin criminal and drug lord Martin Foley.
  • 30 April 2000: Thomas Byrne was allegedly shot dead by the IRA in central Dublin.
  • 29 May 2000: A suspected drug dealer was shot dead in Dunmurry, County Antrim. Police blamed the IRA for the shooting.
  • 29 September 2000: A suspected drug dealer was shot dead in a bar in Magherafelt shortly after the IRA had ordered him to the leave the area.
  • 13 October 2000: A "Real IRA" member, Joseph O'Connor was shot dead while sitting in his car in the Ballymurohy area of Belfast. The IRA are believed to have been responsible.

2001

  • 21 April 2001: A major drug dealer was shot dead at his Derry home by four gunmen. It is believed that the IRA was responsible.
  • 14 July 2001: Gangland figure Seamus "Shavo" Hogan a close associate of Martin Cahill was gunned down in Crumlin, Dublin. It is claimed that the IRA is responsible.

2002

  • 21 February 2002: A suspected drug dealer was shot dead while sitting in his car in Castlewellan, County Down. The IRA is alleged to have sanctioned his killing.

2003

  • 12 March 2003: IRA volunteer, Keith Rogers, was shot dead in South Armagh during a shootout involving a number of feuding IRA volunteers. The IRA admitted Rogers was a member but claimed he had been shot confronting local criminals.

2004

  • 20 February 2004: The IRA were accused of being responsible for the kidnap and attempted murder of ex-Irish National Liberation Army member Bobby Tohill. The van in which he was being transported was rammed by police and four men were arrested. The IRA stated that it had not authorised any action against the man in question. Mr. Tohill required 93 stitches following the ordeal and has since gone into hiding.
  • 5 September 2004: The IRA is believed to have been responsible for a fire-bomb attack on a fuel depot in south Belfast.

2005

  • 2 February 2005: The IRA issued a statement summarizing their "ambitious initiatives designed to develop or save the peace process", including three occasions in which they had complied with the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning in putting weapons beyond use. The statement went on to say, "At this time it appears that the two governments are intent on changing the basis of the peace process. They claim that 'the obstacle now to a lasting and durable settlement… is the continuing terrorist and criminal activity of the IRA'. We reject this. It also belies the fact that a possible agreement last December was squandered by both governments pandering to rejectionist unionism instead of upholding their own commitments and honouring their own obligations." The statement concluded with two points: "We are taking all our proposals off the table" and "It is our intention to closely monitor ongoing developments and to protect to the best of our ability the rights of republicans and our support base".
  • 3 February 2005: Following statements from the British and Irish governments, claiming that the new IRA statement was no cause for alarm, the IRA issues a second two-sentence statement: "The two governments are trying to play down the importance of our statement because they are making a mess of the peace process. Do not underestimate the seriousness of the situation".
  • 6 April 2005: Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams calls on the IRA to initiate consultations "as quickly as possible" to move from being a paramilitary organisation to one committed to purely non-military methods.
  • 12 April 2005: A Dublin man, Joseph Rafferty, was shot and killed in a shotgun attack in west Dublin. The IMC and the family of the deceased have claimed that the IRA were responsible. The IRA has denied any involvement.
  • May 2005: The IRA is believed to have been responsible for intimidating a family to leave their home in Belfast.http://www.independentmonitoringcommission.org/documents/uploads/7th%20%20IMC%20%20Report.pdf
  • July 2005: The IMC blamed the IRA for a punishment shooting of an alleged criminal in early July.
  • 28 July 2005: The IRA release a statement that it is ending its armed campaign and will verifiably put its arms beyond use.
  • 26 September 2005: International weapons inspectors issue a statement confirming the full decommissioning of the IRA's weaponry.

2006

  • 1 February 2006: International weapons inspectors believe that not all arms were decommissioned on the day the IRA decommissioned. Claims began to circulate that the IRA held onto a few handguns and various other weapons.
  • 10 March 2006: The IMC claimed that members of the IRA were responsible for the hijacking of a lorry containing a consignment of spirits in County Meath.

2009

  • 8 July 2009: It has been claimed that the IRA in Dublin had issued a warning to members of a Dublin drug gang that they would be shot on sight. The claims came after an innocent man was shot dead by a criminal gang in the west of the city. Security sources said they believed the IRA is planning to "take a stand against drug dealers in the local community". A letter of condolence to the family of Mr. Doherty was also printed in An Phoblacht, Sinn Féin's weekly newspaper. It was signed by the Republican Movement Dublin.

See also


32 comments:

I'll get me coat said...

Shoot me down in flames,but were the Prots not operating an aparthied regime in all but name.More religious nutcases standing firm for God's will.

PT Barnum said...

RIP Sergeant Ian Rogers (2 Para), died 27th August 1979, aged 31, blown into small pieces by the second bomb at Warrenpoint.

And yes, there was a system of apartheid operating in Northern Ireland in which Catholics were held in contempt and poverty long before the IRA fired their first shot. And yes, British soldiers killed Irish civilians. And Protestants killed and bombed and murdered and punished in the same way as the Provos, but on a smaller canvas.

And yes, there are terrorists now sitting in the Northern Irish legislature. But Northern Ireland is better now. Safer and fairer. In this case pragmatism wins out over justice and truth.

In Ian's memory, and the memory of all the other British dead, military and civilian, including the Catholic priest Father Gerard (of my acquaintance) who died at Aldershot barracks in 1972, I will settle for peace over justice.

Dick the Prick said...

Sorry Mr Barnum - greatest show on earth and all that but I must draw attention to your belief that..'Northern Ireland is better now. Safer and fairer.' Just for the time being I think. This is by no means over - a temporary lull. They have been spunked loads of cash and at some point it's going to run out. That's when this little social experiment gets nicely tested.

call me ishmael said...

I am sorry for your loss, Mr PTB, and you are entitled to make that accommodation, many do; it is just that such an arrangement as now obtains could have been made in 1969, - and in justice should have been, it was an apartheid state - and if it had been made so many now maimed would have been whole, so many dead living. Despite the evidence of this murderous charade we are insistently told that we may not, cannot,reach a deal with Ahmed, until there is no other excuse not to.

I quibble, no more, with the idea that there is peace, if McGuiness and Adams and the Paisleyites are involved what there is is mutual intimidation trhough which the six counties' business may continue more or less as normal. I balk, also, at the pardoning of so much torture and atrocity and how such cynicism plays into Ruin; how does one explain, to the young the difference between right and wrong when, evidently, both are trumped by pragmatism.

As for subsidy, I was there recently and it was like the Belfast I left forty years ago, but brighter, fresher, buzzier; as though it hadn't, in the interim, been blitzed by McGuinness's ladyboys, Gadaffi's funds and Ted Kennedy's sympathy and support. Mr DTP has a point; is the entire shithole of a place blackmailing the rest of us; the national exchequer, what there is of it, hostage to the good behaviour of sectarian bigots on both sides?

julius mcchestnut said...

i came i saw i conkered the natives got a bit uppity so i bought the really nasty fuckers off and franchised them a slice of oppression. now i don't even have to get my hands mucky.

PSNI said...

The sectarian bigots appear to have morphed into a mafia. Still,at least power has been devolved to a local level.Instead of appealing to your MP,now you request an audience with the Godfather.

president barry obombaklaart said...

the oppressor is dead! long live the oppressor!

gerry mcgrinless said...
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call me ishmael said...

mr mcgrinless's comment has been moved to The Naughty Step, where it can be read in all its glory.

PT Barnum said...

Mr DTP and Mr Ishmael

I wish I could disagree with your analyses but I cannot. In some ways, this is too raw for me to be clear. The litany of all-the-dead Mr I lists brings back years of memories of news bulletins. In those days they informed the media of the dead's identity before the families...

Something like no-killing-for-now, I suppose. A shoddy and shabby political apparatus may, if I don the rose-tinted pair, evolve into a settled habit of talking before breaking out the semtex (do they still make that stuff or is all C4 these days?).

And, Mr I, you are right. Our "elected representatives" talk to the taigs and the prods, why not the ragheads? It will only happen when there is more to be gained in the name of self-interested hunting after the Nobel peace prize (that tarnished pot of basil) than gloriously shredding bodies in some nameless desert.

neolithic bogman's liberation army said...

celtic troupes out of ireland!

mr smartin mcgrinless said...
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call me ishmael said...

No Mr McG it's just that we don't do that fucking bad language here.And its the Naughty Step for you, again.

call me ishmael said...

If people like Mr Gordon,I forget his name, from the Enniskillen Massacree, the man who lost his daughter, or anyone else similarly wounded, can make a fist of this, find some comfort, then it doesn't matter a fuck what I say about it.

The political stability you hope for, Mr PTB, may well evolve as the border fades into insignificance and Ireland is to all intents and purposes reunified, for that is the thrust of the Belfast Agreement. A sell-out of the mad Unionists, historically on a hiding to nothing, anyway, by a man whose muidle name is Betrayal; he betrayed the Labour movement such as it was, what's a few Bible-thumping, sash-wearing wife beaters, in the scheme of things, on the Road to Brussels and a President's Palace ?

Wiser heads than I, in passing, have remarked that the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Henry Kissinger marked the triumph of reality over satire.

séamless mcgrinless said...

00:21

you dissing the cultural heritage of our language? we call it broken english, you know. only way we could find to communicate with you fookers. first you banned gaelic, now you're banning fooking pidgen. imperialistic fooking claptrap. fook off man.

mongoose said...

Mr Ishmael,

"trumped by pragmatism"?

Exactly. This is it, Mr Cheney, Mr Blair, Mr Any-Day-Now Obama. Modern politics is the science of being "trumped by pragmatism" What is the point of anything except the moo of a cow in a field if it can be trumped by pragmatism?

Pragmatism? Hide the knowledge - even from yourself - that you know that what you are doinng is wrong. Then don't look - and therefore don't see - that you are actually doing it now. And then, don't care. Or if you do care, be pragmatic about it. Whoredom, moral cowardice, and, in the words of the Holy Father, ruin.

call me ishmael said...

You know, Mr mongoose, the very person who would qualify as my oldest or "best" friend is characterised by his pragmatism, he is proud of it, as though it were virtuous, instead of shameful, he feels I am envious, when, in fact, I am ashamed on his behalf. I find it all very depressing. Sometimes it gets so hard to care, it can't be this way everywhere.

call me ishmael said...

Tnanks, Lilith. I sit on something similar, thirty-five quid from B&Q. But then I did pay for it myself.

o'mongoose said...

Mr Ishmael,

There is nothing wrong with looking the Devil in the face and saying "Enough! We must do a deal with these bastards." This is the way it has been since time immemorial. Avoiding or ending military conflict is a savvy choice for the top dog. War costs a bomb, don't you know. But let us have the truth.

The truth in this case emerges from the death of poverty, and thereby the death of religion in God's-own, green and rainswept Charlie-Haughey-Land. A mad, sad, pastiche of a proud and independent, one nation under God, don't eat the frigging food that bacon's been boiled for weeks, so it has, ever so tender, just falls off the bone, so it does... well, all that has passed, or is passing as we speak, from the earth. Go to Dublin; you could be in Manchester. Go to Galway; you could be in Largs. (Ever been to Largs BTW? Fuck me.) Anyway, Father O'Brien no longer rallies the troops of a Sunday with his fire and brimstone, and bullshit. The tribe is broken and with it the tribalism. Well, that and shedloads of EU money pouring into the South flipping the economic gradient onto its complacent, English arse. Well, that and Miss Paddy finding out about the Pill. "Jesus, Bridey, you don't even have to hold your breath anymore."

BTW expect more of yesterday's silliness. The Boys have been doing deals for said century only to split themselves and for The New Boys to start off again - the Volunteers, the IRA, the Provisional IRA, the Real IRA, the Really Real and Ever so Provisonal IRA... Sometimes, if the Tommies aren't about, they fight themselves, you know. The Irish Civil War? Dear God, the Brits wet themselves laughing at that one. Karl was right - history repeats itself first as tragedy and second as farce - but how do you tell the difference with these mad buggers? "I know what we'll do now we've got rid of the Brits. We'll have a good, old Civil War over line 203 in that bit of paper. Jeez, it'll be a craic and a half. Will you have a taste of tea, Father?"

The mighty gaels are the men who God made mad,
For all their wars are merry and all their songs are sad.

call me ishmael said...

Thanks mr o mongoose, that's what I meant,too. The border will not so much dissolve but just blend in with other porous, uni-party, European lines of vague, anachroistic, regional identity.

On the bold fenian nutter question, the Paddy in the woodpile, however, was Sheikh Obama and his merry men, Adams and Co swiftly realising that bombing civilians was no longer the way to go, not unless they wanted to cement US-Eire relationships in the worst possible way, bin Laden as much a peacemaker as Blair. It's one thing freedom fighters blowing up Warrington, Manhattan is altogether different. Ironic, really to see all those NY Paddy cops blubbering about their own losses to terror, for a change, instead of the fat corrupt nancyboy bastards funding ours. Rally round the flag Y'all.

mongoose said...

Mr Ishmael,

Yes, I accept and agree that 9/11 was a Pearl Harbour moment for the yanks that severed the plastic Paddy cash. "You mean that they can kill us here, and not just us but our babies?" This was a wake up call, as they say across the Pond, to get the fuck up and see what happens when you let nutters have armalites, or Semtex, or aircraft.

But it is true that Adams and the vile, despicable, sub-human fucker, where-is-my-axe, McGuinness had indeed already - prior to 9/11! - worked it out. (OK, McG hadn't; for he has not a brain that would worry my cat in a debate but Adams had.) It's about power. Adams saw the change in prosperity and the decline of the power of the tribe. He ran for his money and his new Brit-given legitimacy and power.

But the truth of the change in Ireland is economic, communicational, and sexual. The one true Holy Roman Apostolic Church enslaved those poor ignorant bastards - my forebears struggling to make a living out on the bog and rock of Connemara - for three or four hundred years longer than they enslaved the rest of the western, Judeo-Christian world. And they did it because these were the westernmost, poorest, who-gives-a-fuck-about-them-paddy-bastards, end-of-the-world, dear-God-it's-just-bog-and-poteen, back of beyond, poor people. Fuck 'em!

But the good bits of poverty, of obedience, of what-will-the-neighbours-say-?, made them educate their kids. The kids have now put down their great feckin' bags of rocks. "We are free-born, Irish people and we will do as we please, Father, thank-you very much." "Will we see you at Mass on Sunday, Mr mongoose?" "You will not, Father, but good luck to yous all. Will you have a taste of tea before you feck off back to the Presbytery and your girlie mags? Or have ye a brace of altar boys waiting back there?"

The big test BTW comes now that the economy over there is right royally fucked-up-beyond-all-redemption. If they run to the EU in the forthcoming re-referendum, I forecast a craven, "sensible", low-cost EU carve up. (Nobody lives there; give them some more money.) If they stand on their Irish, Post Office belligerance... The Boys may be back.

call me ishmael said...

Yes, mr mongoose, I agree with all of that, yet although I can and do argue for the BNP to be heard I am less sanguine about the roles of the IRA and the RedHanders in the provincial parliament of Ulster. The false enrichment of the Free State via European interest and the usual inflated property prices would have happened anyway independently of Adams and McDeath; the communications revolution and the attendant exposure of the noncing monsignors, although many must have been conplicit, would have happened regardless of the PIRA.

What we will never know is, without the mealymouthed interventions of Blair and Clinton would these bandits, post 9/11, have either packed up their tents and stolen away to spend their revolutionary funds on boys, or would they, rightly, have been brought to the same justice as is damanded for Al quaida and the Talimen?

mongoose said...

Mr Ishmael,

Justice? What have you been smoking?

The BNP? Yes, they are invited any day to come and sit on my sofa and I will listen to their rancid rubbish. If however they are going to enter into debate, they had better bring better intellectual artillery than that oafish twat (sorry, name forgotten) appears to possess.

There is always a BNP. There is always an Addams. There is always a Paisley. There is always a shitty, little scrote who can gather another couple of shitty, little scrotes to his banner. Who cares? Let them speak and we'll all have a good laugh.

As for the Talimen... This is, as I have probably ranted before, the Islamic Reformation. You are watching it 'live' on Sky News. The Paddymen laid down their rocks when they were educated enough, when they were rich enough that half their babies didn't die in infancy, when they were therefore able to do away with the Sky Fairy and his Juju Men Nonces.

So is Johnny Raghead laying down his bag of rocks. The money has trickled down. The savages moiling in their tents have become their non-savage children, thinking and having opinions in their universities. Fear and loathing have turned around and will any day start nailing their contrary colours to mosque doors. Osama Bonnie Luddite (CIA Retd.) is railing against this but the die is cast. And the US, idiots true, but quite accurate idiots, have seen the way to the Grail. The whole sorry, vile Iraq/Afghanistan/War-on-Terror bollocks is about the shaping of the new power which will control the oil and the slab of land which connects eastern production to western consumption.

"Listen, Sheikh Dogbreath, we gave you your fucking desert full of oil only a fucking blink of an eye ago. And we can take it off you in just as short a time. Pour encouraging yous autres watch this Saddam Toughguy necktie party on Youtube. Coming to a life like yours was any day now if you don't get with the fucking programme."

Palmerston would have sent a gunboat or two; Obama has Aircav.

Semper Fi.

call me ishmael said...

I wouldn't have them on my sofa, either, even if I had one but I wouldn't have anyone from the house of commons, either, nor Brussels or Strasbourg; they should not, however, the BNP, be martyred by exclusion. And whatever you think of their intellectual accomplishments they speak for many denied a voice by the so-called liberal establishment. I have known lots of such people and they are not bad per se and should not be characterised so, nor patronised by the likes of me.

You might not like it and it doesn't matter that you don't approve of it but there are vast swathes of the not just working class white population of the UK wounded to rage by what they see as the special treatment given, for electoral purposes, to what they see as an alien minority. Just, if you doubt me, take a trip to the wogbashing counter at Col von Fawkes's PizzaHouseOfBlood.

Caustic lessons in geo-political history, there, will butter no parsnips and, with the greatest respect, a cursory glance at the back catalogue here would lead the most vituperative historian to acknowledge, here, an unfathomable depth of political cynicism; trading insider knowledge on the whys and wherefores of Deceit, therefore, here at any rate, is to do, by dalliance, Ruin's work. Just because Mr Nick Griffin is objectionabl to many in no way lessens and is largely irrelevant to the offence caused to Justice by killers and worse sitting in the Ulster legislature, their salaries, like most else in the devolved regions, paid for by the law-abiding taxpayers, mainly, of England, their opinions promoted unchallenged by the BBC. Such was the burden of my complaint. The real distinction between the ostracised BNP and the feted PIRA being that the one is, to some, obnoxious and the other is a gang of unpunished murderers. It is on the pursuit of, I imagine, or at the very least the lamenting of the absence of Justice that we blog and comment, innit, or is there some purpose ? When McShane and Hodge and their ilk assent to Murder's Ulster elevation and unite in opposition to the BNP at home while pursuing a wog holocaust abroad it behoves us to at the very least insist upon the spirirt of the Representation of the People Act.

The Islamic Reformation is a new one on me, neat and elegant. I don't easily see a parity between those adopting Sharia Law and the suicide waistcoat among the Moslems and those adopting consumerism among the Bogtrotters and nor do I see an unchallenged US hegemony in the Niddle East, or anywhere else, for that matter, given that he is up to his arse in Chink debt.

Perhaps, Mr mongoose when you have a moment you might write a little more on the subject.

the reverend ian bombasstick said...

01:34

mr ishmael sir, mcgrinless is swearing again sir.

call me ishmael said...

Dear your reverence, it's not the swearing it is just the witlessness of it; he is just attention-seeking, best that you and I ignore him.

mongoose said...

Mr Ishmael,

The Islamic Reformation? We must first look at the Protestant Reformation stuff. Quick swish around the subject... The Renaissance and the printing press allowed folk to be able to understand, communicate and argue coherently about the abuses of the old religious ways. They could have their own copy of the Bible,a nd therfore form their own views. They did not need the Sky Fairy's Jujumen to interpret - to tell them what to think. Hence, the old frauds were hopelessly undermined and christendom split asunder as far as religious authority goes. A hundred years after Luther and the Holy Roman Empire and the Pope both hit the skids of the Thirty Years War. And that is that. Some people think the various European revolutions - English (Civil War), French and Russian even - are rooted in the loss of the authority that resides in "Ishmael, by the Grace of God, King". Maybe they are right too; I'll give them no argument. But the real root is the availability of the source data, the wit and education to think for oneself, and the consequent fatal loss of religious, and swiftly thereafter, political authority.

Leave aside that while we were tearing down the glory that was Rome and even forgetting how to make bricks, the savage ragheads were inventing great chunks of modern mathematics. Leave aside that Iraq has more claim to be the cradle of civilisation than is dreamed of in Eton or Oxford. (Try to keep your supper down if you watch that one.) The Islamic world trailed Christendom by some 500 hundred years to start with. Maybe what we were then, they are now. The Arabian states are massively awash with oil money. Princes are horribly immune from the rules set for poorer people; their indulgences infinite. The aristocracy, if you will, is decadent and depraved. Now I would not make windows into men's souls but the dying of the authority of the Jujumen, and their rancid ruling elite, is what they are trying to stem. It's the same old call to arms that was tried and failed in Europe. War will bind us together. And so it does, for a time, but rarely for long.

Kids now, and increasingly, Muslim kids are working out for themselves that it is all bollocks. The great electronic printing press of the internet makes it impossible to hide the truth anymore. Prejudice and its bastard brother superstition, the twin towers of ignorance, are in headlong retreat. It's no longer what the Jujuman tells you is true. It's what you think in your head - behind your eyes, calendars of our lives indeed, and often, Miss Mitchell, and thank God, circled with compromise.

And thus it will be that muslim children already born will see the collapse of this New and Twisted Islamic Jerusalem. Because it is built on the sand of ignorance and superstition and prejudice. I may not get there with you but I have seen the Promised Land.

call me ishmael said...

Your reasoning, mr mongoose and the historical parallel you draw are attractive and not invalid. Gutenberg sprang, however, on a world hitherto deprived of all knowledge save that which confirmed obedience, this is not the world of the IT revolution; massive as it is, it only amplifies existing knowledge and to an extent, by its ubiquity and its ease of access to all, values all things downwards by commonality anything and everything which one there reads, or more mundanely, There ain't half some shit on the Internet, Ahmed, and I would pre-empt our vanished Mr The Dyers Garden by saying that only those formally - ie not IT - schooled can properly edit and usefully peruse the mountains of shit surrounding the stash of jewels which doubtless lies buried there - if you didn't like paintings in the first place then Google isn't going to so move you, even though it will help you abundantly, if you did. I suspect your notion of a new enlightenment and fear that people, of all faiths and none are, all things considered, stupider than ever. I despair, equally, of hearing young people mouthing both There is but one God and Mohammed is His prophet and For six days God laboured and on the Seventh He rested.

As for a fatal loss of religion and fundamentalist religion being a declining phenomenon, reinforced by power elites, is that the explanation for half - and rising - of the US citizenry being Creationists ? I don't know but it appears that as many fundamentalist, charismatic Christian sects flourish as do suicide-bent Islamic ones and that these are events, taking place as they do in largely post-moderne, post industrial societies that neither ape nor parallel any previous events. The comparison can be made, of course but modern Islam is not operating in the same pit of scientific ignorance as did the Lutherans and yet despite that, Mohammedanism and Christianity are actually in the ascent rather than in decline, Judaism, by dint of pogrom and atrocity, at least holding its own. Rastafarianism seems to enjoy a patriarchal, expoitative foothold, still, in the lazy West Indies; Abrahamic Religions Inc., therefore, it would appear, doing quite nicely, thank you, still the Established churches in many countries. Even here in bonny Scotland, the radical wee parliament starts with prayers, although, cowardly, they call it Thought For The Day. Built on sand and superstition though it may be, state religion is too valuable a tool to be discarded just yet, if, as I think you infer, we are five hundred years ahead of Islam, why have we, the West, not abandoned our longing for a New And Twisted Jerusalem, why are we, like twelfth centuryists, fighting Crusades?

As for Ahmed, it is impossible to poll him, so diverse is he, so far is he spread through the West and Asia and the Middle East but if we could I suspect that few of him would endorse your appraisal of his faith and the more of these religious people I see, the more I consider it, with the greatest respect for you diligence and erudition, wishful thinking - Resurgence, rather than Reformation.

Mothers ruin said...

Without faith,we must accept our personal mortality. The only achievable afterlife is a page in history,the rememberance of loved ones,or the passing on of genes. All unsatisfactory for the i'm gonna live forever species. Me? I'll plump for cryogenics,on the assumption that humanity will become so sanitised,that a fresh injection of pensioner hormones will be worth whacking the microwave on for.
Otherwise,can i come back as a little bird,singing in a tree?

mongoose said...

Mr Ishmael,

Hey, a chap can hope, can't he?

But I don't see resurgence; I see the last twitch of a dying corpse. I see sects and factions as the end of order and authority. We even take the mickey out of them by pretending to be Jedis on the census. A pinprick to an elephant but a pinprick all the same. Perhaps, my glasses are a tad rosy but that is where I hope we are. And it's better than the Pope running the whole frigging Western world.

In fact, Good Catholic Boy that I am, I don't care about religion. If people want to believe in stuff that is just fine and dandy by me. And if that believing inspires this or this, well, let us just admit that it has not all turned out completely badly.

What sticks in my craw is organised, so-called Established, religion. "The Church of England"? For goodness sake, as soon as they start calling the religion after the country, it should be a clue to what the buggers are about. Which is politics and control, and keeping the troops in fucking line or else. And in the words of the Blessed Polly Harvey's Pig, "I will NOT!"

And you are quite correct to point out that the Yankee Doodle God-bothering further undermines my argument. It does. And, in truth, the Yanks are a severe fucking disappointment to me. Even Obama has now turned out to be a twat of the first order. I would just point out that the US started out fine - keeping God the hell out of it. Of course, they are only babies in terms of history. Lumbering, brutish eye-for-an-eye babies but babies. My only consolation is that - leaving aside the feeble-minded Shrub's "crusade" gaffe - the US-led response to Iraq/9-11/any-old-excuse-for-gunboat has been purely pragmatic. They strung up Saddam because he wasn't playing the game and to encourage the rest, and not because he was a Muslim-not-playing-the-game.

So I concede the optimism of my model and accept your evidence which points in the other direction.

The internet however is another matter. This really is a change. The whole structure of information-getting and information-hiding is being swept away as we watch it. The powers-that-be do not now have control of what information is available to me. I used to pay good money for "The Times" - every day of my adult life, sucking in my orthodoxy of choice. But no more. Orthodoxy is done. You can survey this any day of the week by visiting any one of their MSM websites. Orthodox article is "printed" and seconds later scorn, vitriol and sometimes, Praise Be, counter-argument is posted for all to read, and maybe even, to think about.

We have touched elsewhere upon the need for intelligence and schooling before data and knowledge become useful or applicable. And, yes, the diamonds are mired in cyber-shite. But this here, very little conversation is the same process as was carried out around a bible all those centuries ago. Stick two or three ideas together and see which stands up and which support each other. Or not. In which case, start again. Let us hope that soemwhere some little Abduls, surveying the wreckage which is Baghdad, and the vile, corrupt, blood-chilling, mediaeval House-of-Horrors which is Saudi Arabia, let us just hope that one or two them are thinking "Hold on, this isn't right. I think..."

call me ishmael said...

Thanks, Mr mongoose, gracious as ever, I'll come back to that.

mongoose said...

It's called the Scientific Method, Sir, and I look forward to it.