Car bomb made safe at Crossmaglen police station

RTÉ reports that British Army technical officers have made safe a viable car bomb left outside the police station in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, on Saturday night. According to the BBC report

The device, in a car abandoned outside the station, is understood to have consisted of a number of containers filled with flammable liquid.

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  • Michaelhenry

    who would try to burn,not bomb but burn a barricks which is being removed because of the agreement.

  • If we, the British, are prepared to speak to the mad-dogs-of-the-Taliban then we should be prepared to also have a bit of a chinwag with the somewhat-less-mad-dog-Irish-dissers. One potential fruitful area for discussion between the 2 sides might be and end to disser activity in exchange for and end to the MI5 presence in our beloved wee province.

    Protocol warning: Please adjust your mindset
    For those of a particulalry tribal and/or sensitive disposition and those unable to judge an arguement on it’s merits please be aware that the term Unionist in my name is not an entrirely accurate reflection of my political views though it should also be noted that my paternal grandfather was a keen supporter of the Union and I am invoking the FIFA grandparent rule and am opting to call myself so. (I’m sure he would have approved.)

  • old school

    The IRA have said they have no intention to negotiate with the British unless it is to discuss their withdrawal.
    Suzann Breen’s article today has them saying, they have no intentions of being bought off “with grants and community jobs”.

  • Michaelhenry

    did suzann ask her source why the real have not killed any cops,or is she still afrid of the truth.

  • We will speak to them if their campaign becomes serioulsy bothersome to us, at the moment it is a couple of levels below what used to be termed the “acceptable level of violence”.

  • RobertEmmett

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    did suzann ask her source why the real have not killed any cops,or is she still afrid of the truth.
    Posted by Michaelhenry on Apr 04, 2010 @ 08:27 PM

    tell us wise one.. what is this truth of which you speak?

  • Reader

    Moderate Unionist: One potential fruitful area for discussion between the 2 sides might be…
    In a previous incarnation you were suggesting that the dissident threat could be limited by the devolution of P&J. Now you want to offer up MI5. What’s next on your shopping list?

  • Reader,

    Police and and Justice is/was an important means of normalising society and making law and order more acceptable to Nationalists and I’m sure we would all prefer if MI5 did not have to operate as it does and the normalising process was complete?

  • joeCanuck

    That’s a bit silly. We are part of the UK and so long as that remains so, MI5 will operate.

  • JoeC,

    “MI5 will operate”.

    But perhaps not in the manner in which they do now as there can be little doubt that it is counter productive.

  • Reader

    Moderate Unionist: But perhaps not in the manner in which they do now as there can be little doubt that it is counter productive.
    But what are they actually doing now that is counter-productive? Please be specific.
    And what do you suggest they could do that would be (1) more effective, or (2) less counter-productive? Ideally, both!
    And what does that have to do with your original complaint: “…the MI5 presence in our beloved wee province.”

  • redhugh78

    “That’s a bit silly. We are part of the UK and so long as that remains so, MI5 will operate”

    They will operate anyway regardless.
    Does one seriously think mi5 and other sppoks do not have their spies and propagandists in other countries governmemts and agencies.
    I have no doubt they have a full time team of bloggers awsell,cough slugger cough.

  • Reader,

    see the reports of the carryon in relation to the recent shooting of Kieran Doherty in Derry.

    MI5 do not enjoy the confidence of Nationalists and we should seek to reduce their role as SF have reasonably suggested and seek to control their actions as the SDLP have also reasonably suggested. Clearly in this political climate the dissers will see the continued presence and operation of MI5 as extermely beneficial to their cause.

    If you doubt this have a wee butchers at some of Mark Mc Gregor’s contributions on Slugger.

  • Reader

    Moderate Unionist: see the reports of the carryon in relation to the recent shooting of Kieran Doherty in Derry.
    How do you know MI5 had anything to do with that at all? And if they did, you only need to be a little bit cynical to see that as not being entirely counter-productive. The disser discussion on Slugger consists largely of republicans calling each other traitors.
    Moderate Unionist: …and we should seek to reduce their role as SF have reasonably suggested…
    Too late, since all the agreements to date have taken intelligence gathering out of the hands of the local police. SF needs to either accept MI5; accept the return of Special Branch; or start providing useful channels of information themselves. Until then, they will just have to MOPE.