Republican dissidents try to kill police officers in Ardoyne…

And, just to complicate matters (and in case you had the impression that it was only the Orange bringing mayhem to the streets of north Belfast)…

With tensions building ahead of the most controversial parade of the Orange Order marching season, due to go through Ardoyne in north Belfast on Friday, republican dissidents have tried to kill police officers in a bomb attack in the area.

It has emerged that the republicans attempted to lure a police patrol into Ardoyne on Tuesday night after news of shots being fired in the area were reported.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed on Wednesday that they later found a viable bomb in Alliance Avenue which they said was aimed at their officers.

There have been several bids to murder police officers in the north Belfast republican district, which will be the focal point of protests against an Orange Order parade passing by on Friday – the most important day in the Ulster loyalist calendar.

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly remarked:

“The people responsible need to come forward and give an explanation for their actions, there is no strategy or logic for what they are doing.

“Sinn Féin have set out a road map to achieve a united Ireland. The groups responsible for these sporadic attacks are without mandate or vision and represent no one. They have yet to produce any rationale why activities such as this continue.”

[Not sure they’re listening any more Gerry – Ed] Still, with the Orange out of the way, it’s back to ‘big boys games’ for some…

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  • 6crealist

    “…and in case you had the impression that it was only the Orange bringing mayhem to the streets of north Belfast)…”

    How could we ever think that, given that you’ve been so insistent that all the trouble in north Belfast was caused by republican rioters in the last four years, or that apart from deliberately breaching a PC determination at a very sensitive flashpoint – and thus breaking the law – the Orangemen at Carrick Hill didn’t actually do anything wrong a few weeks ago?

  • Mick Fealty

    There’s more to reporting than Slugger, and more to Slugger than me… Besides, what’s wrong with protesting? It’s a fundamental civil right… But when it comes to rioting, spades are usually best referred to as spades, surely?

  • Davy McFaul

    Interesting that UTV have been running this story from Wednesday yet it took a full two days for it to reach Slugger;

    http://www.u.tv/News/Ardoyne-device-attempt-to-kill-police/1d6d4c53-da6e-45c8-85f3-26b69beaadde

    Hmmmmmmm

    Has anything else happened in the news today?

  • Morpheus
  • Morpheus

    “The days of Parade’s Commission are numbered”

    Strong words but what exactly can he do about it? Strongly worded letter?

  • Davy McFaul

    Great minds and all that Morph.

  • Morpheus

    You are not from Omagh by any chance Davy?

  • Davy McFaul

    Nah, Belfast man born & bred.

  • Morpheus

    Sorry to hear that 🙂

  • ArdoyneUnionist

    Would this be the republican part of Ardoyne hosting republican terrorists Mick????

  • cynic2

    Here is the problem Gerry. Lets have a wee read of your statement

    “The people responsible need to come forward and give an explanation for their actions, there is no strategy or logic for what they are doing.”

    Just like you had no strategy or logic for 25 years Gerry until the Brits guided you into one when you faced military defeat?

    “Sinn Féin have set out a road map to achieve a united Ireland.

    No you havent. Your road map leads nowhere but a comfy seat on the benches at Stormont. You have lied to your people and the tapestry of lies looks more and more threadbare as each year passes. More Catholics now don’t WANT a United Ireland.

    “The groups responsible for these sporadic attacks are without mandate”

    well again that was the same for you for 25 years. Who mandated you to plant bombs in England? To shoot a Prison Officer?”

    “or vision and represent no one”.

    Didn’t a recent pool show that around 7% of Catholics supported physical force republicanism so this just ain’t true. There will always be a crust of extremists in NI on both sides.

    “They have yet to produce any rationale why activities such as this continue.”

    There speaks a true bureaucrat. A written rationale is needed. Its very simple Gerry. They hate Prods and want to kill Peelers

    The issue is that by lying to your community to get you off the hook of violence you have created a false memory like that in the Wiemar Republic in Germany after 1918. You didn’t lose the war it was just a clever ploy to move it to another stage. You are now being held back from moving to a UI by reactionary Unionism (the Jews) but will triumph by your superior intelligence and cunning politics. A UI is just around the corner. Honest. Promise. Cross my heart and hope to die …well not die but you know what we mean

    The problem is now your community now sees this isn’t true. Most of them don’t give a stuff but a surprising minority are prepared to swallow the dissers line of ‘we wuz robbed’

    And while you continue to pedal this crap and the nonsense at Stormont that mood will fester and grow …as will its Loyalist counterpart

  • cynic2

    Ah Mick come on. When Republicans protest illegally its noble. When Unionists do it they are criminal scum whom the PSNI don’t arrest / baton because they have recruited the wrong type of Catholics

  • Mick Fealty

    I said that was the best way to do it, not the way it is done…

  • The attempt to kill members of the unreformed RUC in Alliance Avenue is regretable but predictable given the ongoing Political Policing operations in and beyond Ardoyne. Such as, attempts by them to recruit Informers, harrassment, intimidation and regular house raids. All under the guidence and management of the unaccountable MI5.

    Just prior to the ‘discovery’ of the ‘bomb’, two Republican Activists were stopped and searched by the RUC/PSNI. One of those being searched was brutally beaten by the Political Police and had to be hospitalised and had brain scans etc done etc.

    Luckily, one local resident witnessed the unprovoked attack and also videoed on his mobile. I have seen the footage and can attest to the terrible manner in which local Republicans are mistreated by this heavily-armed Militia on a daily-basis.

  • Fried Young Cannibal

    “One of those being searched was brutally beaten by the Political Police and had to be hospitalised and had brain scans etc done”

    And was any sign of a brain detected on the scan then?

  • ArdoyneUnionist

    Looking forward to seeing the video. I here today that the Garda have found a cash of provo/shinner weapons including semtex that was under the control of the current republican terrorists who according the reports have increasing numbers of shinner/provos in there ranks. Very disturbing for the peace pocess I hope those in sinn fein will fully assist the psni in identify these terrorists. But the agin maybe not.

  • Son of Strongbow

    The find by AGS is the latest recovery of PIRA weaponry under the control of PIRAnua; you know the stuff that was put “verifiably beyond use” – as attested to by a gathering of the international great and good.

    Sinn Fein will know who had access to their kit, and more importantly who still has the keys to the bunkers that were, ahem, ‘lost’ in the bunker.

    No doubt Gerry A will be stepping up to the plate in the Dail to offer yet another ‘apology’ and to point the Garda in the right direction.

    North of the border Stormont will be recalled for a third time in the past few days to debate this rotten foundation on which the so-called ‘Peace Process’ was built.

    But then again maybe not.

  • DoppiaVu

    “Such as, attempts by them to recruit Informers, harrassment, intimidation and regular house raids. All under the guidence and management of the unaccountable MI5.”

    The fact that they found a bomb, and that there were gunshots, would all tend to suggest that the unaccountable MI5 were actually correct and so the PSNI were entirely justified in investigating this intelligence. Intelligence that was no-doubt gathered by some of the informers that they have recruited. All sounds perfectly sensible to me.

  • Jimmy Sands

    “One of those being searched was brutally beaten by the Political Police and had to be hospitalised and had brain scans”

    Did they find anything?