“We are back to looking under our cars again.”

The Independent on Sunday details some statistics of concern

An Independent on Sunday investigation has identified violent and growing opposition to the peace agreement. Bombing incidents are at their highest level in eight years. There were 100 incidents in 2010/11.

Some 205 new personal protection weapon (PPW) licences – for people whose lives are under threat – were granted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) last year, a five-fold increase on the 42 issued in 2008. Almost a thousand (948) existing licences were re-approved – up from 375 in 2008.

An estimated 500 “threat notices”, known as PM1 forms, were issued last year by police to individuals under threat from terrorists, according to a police source. And paramilitary attacks are going virtually unsolved – of 272 paramilitary attacks between 2008 and 2010 – just 12 have been solved according to the PSNI.

Perhaps that’s what happens when that feeling goes away…

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  • Dewi

    Read that this morning Pete and the bit that sprung out was this:
    “In response to the growing threat, the Northern Ireland Office has allocated an extra £200m to fighting dissidents over the next four years. The PSNI has spent more than £69m since April 2009 in overtime to combat the dissident threat”
    It’s a murky world I know but surely £69m could be used more effectively to counter the threat than in police overtime?

  • Yes Dewi. You could have more police so that the more expensive overtime was reduced, though longer term the redundancy packages would be expensive. Swings and roundabouts. Question about ending police reserve springs to mind.

  • perseus

    nothing to do with “feelings” mr.peteb
    even a casual glance at the police’s own figures:
    http://www.psni.police.uk/security_stats_new_format_201011.pdf
    ( see page 9 ) shows
    that of the persons arrested on terrorism charges ,
    those actually charged is still well above 20%.
    albeit down from a high of ~30% in 2003/4

    They’re the real indicators of how well the police are doing.

  • granni trixie

    Dissidents arent the only ones unhappy with the peace agreement. The appointment of Mary McArdill has brought home to people what they signed up for – somehting pragmatic but whcih in many respects is immoral.

    But the bottom line is…people are not being killed as they
    were during the troubles so we have to lump it.
    So dissidents and the rest of us …theres simply no going back to those bad old days. We have to work out some better way than at present.

  • Independent Ulster

    granni trixie,

    You say

    ‘The appointment of Mary McArdill has brought home to people what they signed up for’

    Pro GFA Unionists were warned of the perils of putting alleged unreformed terrorists into government but choose to ignore these warnings, it was ‘brought home’ to them before they voted.

  • Totally stupid idea which comes at the end of a long day…..

    What about declaring your local area, your town, your city a bomb free zone through your local council.

    Quite simply if a bomb threat is made be it the result of a phone call, the finding of a suspicious device or receipt of intelligence then the PSNI:-

    announce the threat to the public
    do not evacuate the area or block access or egress
    do however assist those who want to leave the area

    In the knowledge that this bomb free policy is in operation the dissident then has the choice of realising his or her threat knowing that people will lose their lives.

  • Crubeen

    Articles,

    Nice idea! May I point out one weakness …??

    True believers in a Cause don’t give a rat’s appendage for lives that they snuff out. Their essential element is the Cause … whatever it is, however stupid, however unattainable … nothing matters but the Cause and if a few more saps (i.e. those foolish enough not to believe in the Cause) die, what odds … it will only serve (once the public outrage has died) to enhance the Cause in the eyes of the illiminati and cognoscenti who believe in, embrace and prostrate themselves for the Cause.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Pro GFA Unionists were warned of the perils of putting alleged unreformed terrorists into government but choose to ignore these warnings, it was ‘brought home’ to them before they voted.

    Sectarian comments like yours remind me of why I voted for the GFA and would do so again. The world doesn’t revolve around unionists, or their conception of “unreformed terrorists”.

  • Independent Ulster

    Comrade Stalin,

    You say,

    “Sectarian comments like yours remind me of why I voted for the GFA and would do so again. The world doesn’t revolve around unionists, or their conception of “unreformed terrorists”.

    Being against alleged unreformed terrorists in government is not sectarian, I would not want the PUP in government either.

    I mention Pro GFA Unionists only, because Nationalists, who voted for the GFA are happy having alleged unreformed terrorists in government and we know that because they actually voted them into government.

    Those Unionists who voted to put alleged unreformed terrorists into government are now complaining about the appointment of proven unreformed terrorists being appointed to positions in Stormont.

    It is certianly not true for Anti GFA Unionists that you get the government you deserve but it is true for Pro GFA Unionists that you get the government and inevitably the government appointments that you voted for.