“We will all play our part – however long it takes, whatever it takes in bringing that threat to an end”

As the Irish Times notes, at a seminar in Belfast yesterday the Irish Justice Minister, Dermot Ahern, commited his government to providing adequate resources to tackle the continuing republican paramilitary threat.

And last night those republican paramilitaries are believed to have been responsible for a car bomb in the UK City of Culture for 2013.

Interestingly, the owner of a hotel near the site of the explosion is quoted in this iol report

Mr [Garvan] O’Doherty said there would be setbacks, but people were determined to find a solution.

He added: “There needs to be dialogue. There is dialogue. There is dialogue going on to try and sort this issue out, to try and understand where they (dissidents) are coming from.

“A number of us are involved in various strands to try and ensure we get the message across to try and understand they are on about, because they are on the wrong track. This work will continue.”

Well, you could always read what they’ve said already…

On the political front they dismissed Sinn Féin’s claims that its electoral strategy would ultimately yield a united Ireland despite the majority of nationalists in Northern Ireland still voting for Sinn Féin and an overwhelming majority backing the peace process.

The Real IRA insisted, however, that support for them was building and they had turned away hundreds of young disaffected nationalists because they didn’t have the capacity to absorb so many members.

“From the point of view of republican communities, there is still a heavily armed British police force that casually uses plastic baton rounds, CS gas and Tasers, carry out house raids, stop and search operations and general harassment.

“There’s still a 5,000-strong British army garrison, a new MI5 HQ in Belfast, and a British secretary of state. Republican communities are still subjected to sectarian parades and the right to protest is being met with intimidation and violence.”

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  • Greenflag

    ‘The Real IRA insisted, however, that support for them was building and they had turned away hundreds of young disaffected nationalists because they didn’t have the capacity to absorb so many members.’

    So they don’t have the eh ‘capacity’ to absorb ‘disaffected nationalists and republicans’. Can’t they form a political party like SF did and go through a similar 20 year learning cycle .

    If these idiots want a United Ireland they better start ‘breeding ‘ for one and not ‘bleeding ‘ for one for a UI will not come about in any other way and certainly not for at least another generation if ever . These young people need to find an alternative to their ‘disaffection ‘ . Killing others or destroying property is not a policy . The people of ALL Ireland have voted for the GFA the only game in town or on this island for now and for some time to come .

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Couple of practical points firstly increase joint patrolling between the PSNI and the Gardai and scale back the invovlement of MI5 who are clearly more counter-productive than counter-insirgency and set up a seperate section of the PSNI to do their work if it is required. Without action in these areas the dissers will probably continue to grow and I suspect the British well know this.

    Pete, I wouldnt worry to much about the big shiny building it can be part of the Peace Dividend like the abandoned army barracks etc.

  • IWSMWDI

  • Sammy McNally ” …increase joint patrolling between the PSNI and the Gardai…”

    I take it you mean on both sides of the border where plots are hatched, weapons are stored and jump-off points are organised by dissidents ?

  • HeinzGuderian

    Awk Sammy…………the aul ‘Brits Out’ mantra is growing ever so wearisome !! begorra,I bet these neanderthals get their carryout in Tescos !!! 🙂

  • al

    “He said that police believe the Ulster Bank and the local hotel were not the intended targets and that the bomb may have been left because of a police presence in the area. ”

    However this tells a different story:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/audio/2010/sep/14/real-ira-northern-ireland-banks

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    milesmajor,

    “I take it you mean on both sides of the border where plots are hatched, weapons are stored and jump-off points are organised by dissidents ?”

    Yes.

  • Alan Maskey

    Is Mr Martin’s party the same group who would not stand idly by as the Catholics of Derry and Belfast were being torched, the same mob who expelled Neil Blaney? If so, fuck them.

  • Mark

    If the Real IRA are ” conflict junkies “, does that mean that Martin has beaten his addiction and completed the 12 step programme and if so, isn’t one of the steps to make amends and say sorry for all the harm one has caused.

  • Watcher

    Time for police (PSNI & Garda) to be allowed to patrol both sides of the border.

    That would give the dissidents something to worry about in future.

  • John East Belfast

    “set up a seperate section of the PSNI to do their work if it is required.”

    yes good idea – and we could call it Special Branch

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Or perhaps bhrainse speisialta or even better both.

  • pippakin

    The British will go when they are voted out and not before. Why do dissidents find that little fact so hard to accept?

    Dissidents have no plan, no future that is not the same as the past and do not seem to understand that the world has moved on. Years ago the US created a huge fuss at the idea of sleep deprivation being applied to IRA prisoners now they could give the Brits lessons in how to.

    The PSNI will slowly join forces along the border until the border only exists on maps.

    Problem is it’s not the kind of victory some people want, some actually seem to believe that they can defeat the Brits militarily and that just beggars belief.

  • BILLY

    Interesting thought.. In practice it would proably mean the garda getting lost and the psni doing the same . Although with all these police cars driving around the border trying to find their way home they could possibly improve response times in these non policed areas. I suppose that would be a start. Regarding the dissidents i can see them shaking in their boots right now.Wouldnt be the first time they shot at the garda for getting in their way and as for the psni they would be deemed potential targets to be engaged at the first opportunity either in the south and north of the border. Wouldnt be the first time a northern police officer was attacked and killed in the south. Sadly.

  • Driftwood

    That should mean time for British Army Special Forces to be given free reign South of the border in a ‘free fire’ zone. No questions asked. This would include Army and RAF helicopter gunships and drones access to free state airspace.

    media blackout and lets leave it to the professionals.

    This happens elsewhere, we don’t need to know the details.

    result: good

  • keano

    just get rid of the border and have one police force and this all goes away!

  • Watcher

    Having a hand-off or handover of information between the PSNI and Garda leads to information gaps. Either PSNI & Garda are allowed to move across the border or else a joint full-time team is set up to handle this otherwise the dissidents play the border hoping game.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Watcher – have you read the second post on here?

  • Watcher

    Yes I have, and I’m agreeing with you…

    It has to be seriously considered now as one of the ways to dampen dissident activity.