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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# The Troubles

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# Your Say
Poll: Should Karen Bradley resign as Northern Ireland Secretary?
She has been sharply criticised for comments she made about killings during the Troubles.
# call to resign
Families of Ballymurphy massacre victims refuse to meet Karen Bradley
The group have refused to allow the UK’s Northern Ireland Secretary to apologise to them in person over comments she made about the Troubles.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Karen Bradley correct that killings committed by British forces during the Troubles were 'not crimes'?
Bradley has come under severe criticism for her comments in the House of Commons yesterday, but is she correct?
# Derry
Ex-British soldiers could reportedly face Bloody Sunday murder charges 'within weeks'
Fourteen people were killed after British paratroopers opened fire.
# hard brexit
Former Real IRA commander: Even cameras on masts would be seen as 'spy posts' in border regions
John Connolly, the group’s leader in prison in the 2000s, says things would change dramatically in the event of a hard border.
# loyalist attacks
PSNI 'deeply sorry' for not giving documents relating to 1990s killings to ombudsman
Human error and an archaic IT system are being cited as the reasons for the omission.
# South Armagh
The surreal reality of life in 'the most militarised area of western Europe' visited Dromintee GAA club to hear locals’ concerns of a hard Brexit.
# The Troubles
Arlene Foster criticised over assertion that 'we never had a hard border'
Foster insisted it was “a bit of a nonsense, frankly, to talk about a hard border”.
# The Soldier's Song
For decades, Irish taoisigh have been getting letters suggesting alternatives to the national anthem
Some people even wrote their own.
# State Papers
Garrett FitzGerald told Margaret Thatcher: 'John Hume will generally do what he is asked to do'
The frank assessment came in meeting between the pair in The Hague in 1986.
# State Papers
Charlie Haughey was urged to pressure 'British arrogance' over Birmingham Six and Guildford Four
The convictions of the nine men and one women were ultimately quashed.
# backstop
'I can't allow Ireland to be blamed here': Coveney says some UK politicians need reminder of Irish history
The Tánaiste said today it would be foolish to focus on any other solution to the border issue than the backstop.
# The Disappeared
Ivor Bell deemed 'unfit' to stand trial in relation to Jean McConville disappearance
Jean McConville was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back of the head in December 1972.
'When the border was finally ripped down - hope rose and healing began. We must not go back'
‘Growing up on the Irish border during the 1970s & 1980s was akin to some Bermuda Triangle existence, where people mysteriously disappeared and to this day, were never seen again,’ writes Grace Vaughan from Monaghan.
# Ballymurphy Massacre
Inquest opens into the deaths of 10 people shot by British soldiers in August 1971
A fresh inquest into the deaths was ordered in 2011.
# ulster defence regiment
Alleged IRA bomber told gardaí he believed 'DUP and not the DPP' decided to charge him over 1972 bombing
The 66-year-old appeared before the High Court in Dublin today.
# historical investigations
'Is this the best use of £150m?': Ex-NI Secretaries of State say Troubles investigations should stop
The group says there needs to be a more ‘even-handed’ approach to investigations.
# Bragan Bog
The Disappeared: Search teams 'convinced' remains of Columba McVeigh are in Monaghan bog
A fifth search for the Tyrone teenager killed in 1975 begins today.
# The Troubles
'Those scars will never go away': Special ceremony to mark 20th anniversary of Omagh bombing
The 1998 bombing was the single worst atrocity of the Troubles.
# Omagh
Families hold interfaith service to mark 20-year anniversary of Omagh bombing
The Real IRA car bomb killed 29 people and two unborn children.
# Northern Ireland
'Willie Frazer have you found your daddy yet?' - Condemnation of bonfire taunting Troubles victim
Frazer said he was disgusted for his wider family.
# The Troubles
Tánaiste says report that Aidan McAnespie's body part was 'disposed of' must be 'extremely difficult' for the family
The 24-year-old was shot shortly after crossing an army checkpoint.
# The Troubles
'People were killed over their connection with the GAA and that was the most tragic thing of all'
Mickey Harte reflects on his memories of trying to enjoy Gaelic Football during the Troubles in the latest episode of Laochra Gael.
# Aidan McAnespie
Family of man shot dead by British Army won't be given report on the killing as it's still too sensitive
The 24-year-old was shot shortly after crossing an army checkpoint.
# gary haggarty
Loyalist 'supergrass' jailed for six-and-a-half years for five murders
Former Ulster Volunteer Force chief Gary Haggarty was a paid police informer.
# brian stack
Family of prison officer shot dead by IRA says gardaí didn't act on 'significant information'
Brian Stack’s family want the Taoiseach to “demand answers” from gardaí.
# derry girls
1.7 million viewers tuned into Channel 4's new sitcom set during the Troubles last night
Derry Girls centres around a teenage girl named Erin, her group of friends, and her family.
# derry girls
A new sitcom set during the Troubles began last night, and Irish people LOVED it
They had us at “He was due to start at Christian Brothers but there were concerns for his safety as unfortunately he’s English.”
'Politicians can't agree about 10 people - so another 490 injured through no fault of their own get nothing'
The political impasse in Northern Ireland leaves those injured in the Troubles in legislative limbo, writes Dennis Godfrey.
# McGurk's Bar
Families of victims of deadliest Belfast bombing of The Troubles say PSNI has 'questions to answer'
Fifteen people were killed when a bomb exploded in McGurk’s Bar in north Belfast in December 1971.
# The Troubles
Remembering the time Carrie in Sex and the City compared a fight with her friends to the 'war in Northern Ireland'
People died Carrie.
# The Troubles
'Nobody had time to sit and ask: Why are these killings taking place? Why are they cutting people up?'
Journalist and author Martin Dillon – who wrote a number of definitive books on the Troubles – talks to us about his autobiography.
# monaghan border
This stretch of border shows why Brexit will be an enormous headache to manage - we went to talk to locals
This road crosses the border multiple times in just a few miles (or kilometres). What will happen after Brexit?
# divided society
'Behind the masks': New digital archive documents Northern Ireland's history
A library in Belfast has collected tens of thousands of items related to the Troubles and subsequent peace process.
# Dublin-Monaghan bombings
Patrick O'Donovan: 'I don't differentiate between atrocities'
The junior minister suggested in an interview that republicans were responsible for the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.
# dealing with the past
'He's a coward, as simple as that' - Sister of victim rejects apology from IRA bomb maker
Michael Christopher Hayes said he did not plant bombs in Birmingham but refused to say who did.
# birmingham bombings
IRA bomb-maker apologises for his part in Birmingham bombings
“I apologise not only for myself, I apologise for all active republicans who had no intention of hurting anybody and sympathise with you.”
# The Troubles
Jeremy Corbyn says IRA bombing campaign was 'completely wrong'
The UK Labour leader has been coming under pressure to clarify his stance on the IRA’s bombing campaign.
# The Troubles
Tributes paid on the death of 'secret peacemaker' Brendan Duddy
The Derry businessman had been an important link between IRA forces and the British government for over 20 years.
# The Disappeared
Remains found in France confirmed to be Seamus Ruddy
The Newry-born teacher was abducted from Paris in 1985.