A quick round-up…

Londonderry courthouse is the target of a car-bomb consisting of 50kg of home-made explosives packed into a beer keg and described as a “substantial viable device”

British Army technical officers carried out a number of controlled explosions on the device during Sunday night.  They’ve also carried out a controlled explosion on a small suspicious object found behind a west Belfast GAA club on Monday afternoon after a claim that a device had been left in the area. [Adds – now described as “a small hand-held explosive device”]

And RTÉ report that “Gardaí are investigating possible dissident republican involvement in the shooting of three people in a public park in Dublin yesterday morning.”

Adds  And today, Tuesday, there’s a major security operation in the Oldpark area of north Belfast.

Update From the UTV report on the Oldpark alert

PSNI Superintendant Amanda Cooke said police have to take every precaution in such a built-up area.

“This is a major operation – we need to go in and see what we’re dealing with here. 

“Experience has shown us that these calls come in and they’re not substantiated. We need to look and see if there’s something here.

“We have experience in this area of secondary devices and other traps being left for police and we need to ensure that everyone is safe when they’re moving in.”

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  • Are these dissidents this incompetent or is it a fear of another Omagh that leads to so many pointless car-bombs left lying around.

    I guess it would have been a bit of a propaganda victory had they destroyed the court-house but that’s probably unlikely.

    Their campaign seems to be amounting to little more than a series of annoyances for the people of the north. If they had much of a chance of blowing the British government out and establishing a working socialist republic then by all means. But the people down south don’t care for socialism or a republic and the people up north don’t care enough to support violence to achieve that aim.

    Therefore, what’s the point of it all. Where do these ‘dissidents’ come from who are willing to throw their lives away for such a futile cause? Maybe they’d be better off getting on a boat to Libya and helping out the rebels their. It would certainly help inspire trust in them back home.

  • HeinzGuderian

    ” If they had much of a chance of blowing the British government out and establishing a working socialist republic then by all means……………”

    By all means What ?? Use a coma now n then ?
    Murder,bomb,terrorise,threaten ?

  • perseus

    For students of the history of the IRA
    there’s a programme on BBC Radio 4 Now

    Mike Thomson explores newly released documents which suggest that Éamon de Valera’s Fianna Fáil government secretly co-operated with the British to crush the IRA in the 1930s
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zsd10

  • perseus

    Dan,
    There’s a hard-core bunch of malcontents in Derry, who regard MMG as a “sell-out”.

    They appear unable to embrace any kind of political tools to further their cause;
    and so “shitting on yer own doorstep” is all they’re capable of

    As one esteemed commentator once said

    “We’ve been asked to die for Ireland
    Now we’re being asked to live for Ireland”.

    Sadly for the folks of Derry, they can’t get hold of that concept.

  • The Word

    Violent or personal threats serve no-one other than the delusions of those with things to lose.

  • Pete Baker

    Adds And today, Tuesday, there’s a major security operation in the Oldpark area of north Belfast.

  • joeCanuck

    Another Omagh type atrocity just seems to be a matter of time. The brutes trying to explode these devices usually fail (hopefully because of MI5 infiltration) but we will get unlucky some day.

  • Greenflag

    What is needed is a quick round up of these idiots by the PSNI and 30 years in jail . The vast majority people of NI have voted for a peaceful way forward and the vast majority of the people of the Republic have done likewise .

    Pissin in the wind for what exactly ?

  • Pete Baker

    Update From the UTV report on the Oldpark alert

    PSNI Superintendant Amanda Cooke said police have to take every precaution in such a built-up area.

    “This is a major operation – we need to go in and see what we’re dealing with here.

    “Experience has shown us that these calls come in and they’re not substantiated. We need to look and see if there’s something here.

    “We have experience in this area of secondary devices and other traps being left for police and we need to ensure that everyone is safe when they’re moving in.”

  • al

    There seems to be a lot of resentment towards the police in North and West Belfast with the increasing number of security alerts recently.

    The alert last night in Oldpark was a strange one as usually the police will sweep an area and find any suspicious objects quick enough without having people out of their homes overnight.

    Granted perhaps the discovery of an object by the public can be traced and dealt with much quicker than a telephone warning. The phoned in warning the police admitted had an unrecognised codeword so why was such a large area sealed off for a prolonged time?

    Brian Rowan also claimed that dissident groups were contacted and all denied knowledge of the telephone warning.

    Is this a case of police being on heightened guard after the bomb in Derry and coffee jar bomb attempt in Belfast on Monday or is it as some nationalists have claimed an attempt by the security forces to cause disruption to nationalist communities with the aim of damaging support for armed republicans?

    I would be inclined to beleive that the police were hopelessly unsure of what they were dealing with and thus proceeded with caution. The security forces would be well aware that causing disruption to nationalist communities is counter-productive especially if no device is found as in the case last night.