Northern Ireland

When Johnny comes marching home

  • 7 January 2005
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Johnny Adair is released from prison this week, Suzanne Breen reports on where he'll be welcome and profiles his life of violence

No Venezuelan hideout for Colombia Three

  • 7 January 2005
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The kidnap of a Colombian FARC leader in Venezuela means that the country is no safe haven for the Colombia Three, whose whereabouts are still unknown, reports Michael McCaughan

Big business IRA

  • 29 December 2004
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The IRA makes up to £30 million a year from legitmiate and illegal businesses in Ireland and the UK. Suzanne Breen reports

The Politics of the Greatest Atrocity

The Humanising of David Trimble.  By Fionnuala O Connor

If the road towards peace becomes straighter and smoother in time, no one looking back can ignore how tragedy reshaped this summer. Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams look strengthened by the outcome of Omagh. The psychology is simpler than the politics: one should feed the other. But an altered David Trimble may still need more than can be given at this point, by the organisation Gerry Adams has helped change in tune with himself and the community he comes from.

The Body Count 1968-1998

IRA                            1760     (53%)
Other Republicans    199       (6%)   
Loyalists                     920       (28%)
Security Force            355       (11%)

Total Killings               3330
(These figures are taken from “An Index of Deaths from the Conflict in Ireland 1969-1993” by Malcolm Sutton and all available figures on killings since 1993)

The Killing Fields, 1971 - 1998

A chronology of the deaths through the Northern Ireland troubles

January 9, 1971: The IRA murdered six civilians in a land mine explosion at Brougher Mountain, near Trillick, Co Tyrone.

January 30, 1972: The British Army murdered 14 Catholics in Derry on what has become known as “Bloody Sunday”.