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#Dissident Republicans

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Saturday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things to know on this Saturday morning.

From TheJournal.ie Nine arrested in sweeping raids on suspected dissident republicans Dissidents

Nine arrested in sweeping raids on suspected dissident republicans

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

From TheJournal.ie Martin McGuinness condemns violence in Derry Derry

Martin McGuinness condemns violence in Derry

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

From TheJournal.ie Woman arrested during Kerr murder investigation released Ronan Kerr

Woman arrested during Kerr murder investigation released

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

From TheJournal.ie Ten arrested in Balbriggan dissident swoop Arrests

Ten arrested in Balbriggan dissident swoop

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

From TheJournal.ie Real IRA suspects arrested in Portugal over 'arms trafficking' Dissidents

Real IRA suspects arrested in Portugal over 'arms trafficking'

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

From TheJournal.ie Two men still being questioned over large explosives find Explosives

Two men still being questioned over large explosives find

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

From TheJournal.ie Rory McIlroy 'saddened' by renewed violence in Belfast Belfast

Rory McIlroy 'saddened' by renewed violence in Belfast

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

From TheJournal.ie Men arrested over suspected dissident activity remain in custody Crime

Men arrested over suspected dissident activity remain in custody

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

From TheJournal.ie Gardaí seize stolen alcohol as part of dissident investigation Arrests

Gardaí seize stolen alcohol as part of dissident investigation

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

From TheJournal.ie Gardaí probe possible dissident link to Dublin murder Murder

Gardaí probe possible dissident link to Dublin murder

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

From TheJournal.ie British police say suspicious package linked to dissident republicans is a hoax Hoax

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

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

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Sunday

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

From TheJournal.ie Republican dissidents issue London bomb threat Bomb Threat

Republican dissidents issue London bomb threat

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

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says Queen's visit will be the 'start of a new era' New Era

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

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

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Saturday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Saturday

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

From TheJournal.ie Dissident republicans 'attempted to acquire rocket launchers and missiles' ahead of Queen's visit Queen's Visit

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Three men due in court on suspicion of dissident activity Courts

Three men due in court on suspicion of dissident activity

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

From TheJournal.ie Woman held over Ronan Kerr murder Ronan Kerr

Woman held over Ronan Kerr murder

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

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Sunday

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

From TheJournal.ie Single bombmaker suspected in Ronan Kerr murder Ronan Kerr

Single bombmaker suspected in Ronan Kerr murder

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

From TheJournal.ie Sinn Féin leader Adams offers to be a mediator with dissident republicans Republicanism

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Widespread condemnation as violence returns to the streets of Omagh Omagh

Widespread condemnation as violence returns to the streets of Omagh

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

From TheJournal.ie Police in Northern Ireland get extra £245m to combat terror threat Terrorism

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Belfast bomb was pinned to child's bicycle Dissidents

Belfast bomb was pinned to child's bicycle

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

From TheJournal.ie Security alert in north Belfast continues after device found Dissidents

Security alert in north Belfast continues after device found

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

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

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

From TheJournal.ie Four arrested in garda probe into dissident activity Dissidents

Four arrested in garda probe into dissident activity

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

From TheJournal.ie Three charged after dissident inquiry Dissidents

Three charged after dissident inquiry

Firearms charges follow investigation into dissident republican activity.

From TheJournal.ie Pubs paying €1,000 a month to dissidents, claims RIRA member Extortion

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Real IRA threatens to increase terror campaign Real IRA

Real IRA threatens to increase terror campaign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who are the Apprentice Boys?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster, McGuinness said:

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

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

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

NORTHERN IRELAND’S Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has said that dissident republican terrorists have spoken to both the British and Irish governments in recent weeks.

McGuinness told BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme that London authorities had held negotiations with republican splinter groups in recent weeks, while Dublin had secretly met such groups for years.

McGuinness, who himself negotiated on behalf of the IRA during the prime ministry of Margaret Thatcher which ultimately led to the 1994 ceasefire, said:

They may well deny that – [but] that doesn’t concern me in the least. I know it’s happening.

I think we have to understand that there are number of tiny, micro-groups out there. These groups are a volatile concoction and are ideologically opposed to the peace process.

The Continuity IRA has ruled out the prospect of dialogue with the British government or the Sinn Féin leadership, though the Irish government was known to have met with Real IRA representatives after the 1998 Omagh Bombing.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said the had “never been our practice” to negotiate with paramilitary groups, while the Northern Irish Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, has denied claims that London was seeking to negotiate through intermediary parties.

Last week’s Sunday Times had reported that the British government was seeking to meet with CIRA representatives, despite opposition from Dublin.

POLICE IN THE NORTH have arrested  a 42-year-old man in connection with the 200lb bomb which exploded outside a policy station in Derry on Tuesday morning.

The man was arrested in Derry today and taken to a police station in Antrim for questioning.

Two men were reported to have hijacked a taxi in the early hours of the morning, forcing the driver to take them to the PSNI station on Strand Road. They placed an explosive device in the vehicle before abandoning it.

Police claim that a telephone warning alerting them of the bomb was deliberately mistimed to increase the likelihood of injury.  No one was hurt in the incident.

A dissident republican group called Oglaigh na hEireann claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Yesterday, Sinn Féin announced its intentions to meet with members of the Real IRA to discuss recent violence in the North.