Ben Lowry: Hypocrisy over Manchester is just one example of IRA distortion of history

There has been uproar since Monday night at Sinn Fein signing books of condolences on the Manchester bomb when the IRA launched three major terror attacks in or near Manchester in the 1990s.

Enniskillen bomb aftermath of 1987. The IRA tried to attack Tullyhommon the same day. Picture Pacemaker

IRA tried to massacre Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade

On November 8 1987 the IRA detonated a no-warning bomb in Enniskillen, killing 12 civilians and injuring hundreds. They made various excuses to attempt to camouflage their act of sectarian barbarity.

Dr Muhammad Al-Hussaini with Pastor James McConnell outside Belfast's Laganside Courts after a court case in December 2015 in which the pastor was tried for anti Islamic comments he made in a sermon. He was acquitted later that year.
Dr Al-Hussaini had travelled to give him moral support. 
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Muslim leaders are in denial that this has anything to do with Islam

I recently had the privilege of discussing with Brendan, a Londoner originally from South Armagh, his personal narrative of growing up during The Troubles.

Chief Constable George Hamilton has said that Northern Irish police are already armed and already deal with the threat of terror strikes

Manchester bomb: No need for troops on NI streets, says PSNI chief

The head of the PSNI has said there is no need to bring soldiers “on to the streets of our post-conflict society” following the Manchester atrocity, after it was announced they would form part of a UK-wide security clampdown.

Sinn Fein TD Mary Lou McDonald conducts a reading at a Mass in New York in honour of Martin McGuinness

Manchester bomb: SF’s ‘cynical hypocrisy’ condemned by son of murdered prison officer

The son of a southern prison officer murdered by the IRA has accused Sinn Fein’s deputy leader of “hypocrisy” for sympathising with victims of the Manchester bomb attack.

(Left-right) Claudio Visco, chair of IBA ,Anne Beggs invest NI ,Mark Ellis, IBA Martin Solc, president of IBA ,Liam McCOllum QC Chair of bar of Northern Ireland , Ian Huddleston, president Law Society of Northern Ireland Norville Connolly IBA representative , David Mulholland CHief executive of bar of Northern Ireland and Alan hunter chief executive of law Society of Northern Ireland, attend International Bar Association's Bar Leaders Conference in Belfast

Navel-gazing politicians warned about slow Brexit response

Navel-gazing politicians risk being left behind by businesses over Brexit, the president of Northern Ireland's Law Society warned.
Wood pellets

IN FULL: Non-domestic RHI claimant list

The Department for the Economy has today published the full list of individuals and companies who have received more than £5,000 under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

The aftermath of the 1996 IRA bomb in Manchester

Sinn Fein should say sorry for Manchester IRA bombs

Michelle O’Neill has signed off a book of condolence for the Manchester attack as ‘Sinn Fein Leader in the North’.

Neil Faris, a Belfast lawyer who does advisory work in commercial and public law

Legacy inquests: It will be hard to tackle our troubled past if state killings are given privileged scrutiny

This is the second in a weekly series of four articles by Neil Faris, who is examining the legal background to the ‘right to life’ requirements of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which are driving the demands for inquests into contested Troubles deaths. Here he says it will be difficult to chart a way forward to tackle of our past if the Strasbourg court’s requirement for privileged treatment of the investigation of deaths caused by ‘agents’ of the state’ means other deaths merit a lesser degree of investigation:

The political leaders on the last UTV leaders debate in February

Election Diary: First televised debate is off as campaign halted by atrocity

Electoral weariness among many politicians, the media and the public has contributed to a far slower start to the election campaign in Northern Ireland than across the water.

The Union Flag flying above Cork Council premises

Manchester bomb: Union Flag flies over Irish council offices

Cork City Council has been widely praised on social media after flying the Union Flag in solidarity with the vicitms of the Manchester bomb attack.

Julie Hambleton, sister of Birmingham pub bombings victim Maxine Hambleton, in 2016.

SF stance on Manchester bombing is an ‘insult’ to victims

A woman whose sister was killed by the IRA has dismissed Sinn Fein’s condemnation of the Manchester Arena bomb as mere “empty rhetoric” – suggesting it is akin to Myra Hindley condemning the crimes of Jimmy Savile.

Deputy Lord Mayor councillor Mary Ellen Campbell pictured signing a book of condolences, opened up for the victims of last night's bomb attack in Manchester

SF figure sends sympathies to Manchester but declines to condemn IRA bombing of city

Belfast’s Sinn Fein deputy lord mayor has declined to condemn the IRA bombing of Manchester during the 1990s, whilst simultaneously opening a book of condolence to the victims of Monday’s bombing in the city.

DUP Party Leader Arlene Foster: Whilst terrorists can bring pain and grief, the kindness and generosity displayed by the people of Manchester has already shown that they will not win. Pic by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

DUP leader says people of Manchester have shown terrorists they will not win

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said the kindness and generosity shown by the people of Manchester in the wake of last night’s bombing has shown terrorists they “will not win”.

The PSNI wrote to Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Alasdair Fraser in 2003 saying the ex-soldier  and later IRA man  should have had an OTR letter

Kingsmills inquest: Ex-soldier linked to 32 murders can’t be arrested

A former British soldier linked to 32 murders is no longer wanted by the PSNI because he committed them for the IRA and went on to secure an OTR letter, it has emerged.

Emergency services at Manchester Arena

NI political parties suspend campaigning after Manchester bomb

The five main political parties in Northern Ireland have suspended campaigning in the General Election after the bomb in Manchester.

Labour member in legal threat to party over NI ban

Years of simmering grievance by Labour Party members in Northern Ireland over the party’s ban on standing candidates in the Province could be heading for the courts.

DUP leader Arlene Foster

Foster: NI was close to agreement on Brexit

Northern Ireland was "very close" to reaching a Brexit agreement before the pausing of talks last month, the Democratic Unionist leader has claimed.

Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Fein urges Irish unity referendum to be held within five years

Sinn Fein has called for an Irish unity referendum within five years.


WATCH: Corbyn again declines to specifically denounce IRA as terrorists

Jeremy Corbyn has condemned "all acts of violence from wherever they came" during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, but declined to specifically denounce the IRA as terrorists.
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