The Northern Ireland terror threat been upgraded to severe

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Let’s just remember this when considering the effect of the Conservative Government’s plan to repeal the Human Rights Act.

I mention this because the Good Friday Agreement, on which the Northern Ireland peace process depends, requires the Human Rights Act to function.

The Home Secretary’s warning to Parliament on Wednesday that MI5 had decided to elevate the threat level posed by Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Great Britain to ‘substantial’ was a stark reminder of Gerry Adams’s old quip that those men and women willing to kill for a united Ireland did not ‘go away you know’.

The Security Service nosw considers an attack in England, Scotland or Wales to be ‘a strong possibility’, which suggests an increasing confidence and capability among dissident Republican organisations, which reman implacably opposed to the Good Friday Agreement.

For many in Great Britain, the threat from Irish republicans mostly stirs memories of the 1990s, when Provisional IRA bomb scares were a feature of life and major attacks struck high profile targets including Downing Street and Canary Wharf.

Rather than being associated with violence today, Northern Ireland instead exports Open-winning golfers and serves as the backdrop for Game of Thrones, leaving many surprised when the terror threat was raised this week.

However, in Northern Ireland itself, the danger posed by dissident groups has remained high since 1998, particularly for members of the Armed Forces, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and prison staff, with between 15 and 40 attacks recorded a year since 2000 according to a government assessment of paramilitarism in the region published last October.

Source: Why the Northern Ireland terror threat been upgraded to severe | Left Foot Forward


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5 thoughts on “The Northern Ireland terror threat been upgraded to severe

  1. John Gaines

    Deflection, deflection, got Crosby lies stamped all over it, note that Tory’s are rushing Laws through the House which will bury every Right we have…..maybe a couple of Labour MPs will pas by around that area sometime soon but, don’t hold your breath.t

  2. philipburdekin

    This government is so far up its own arse, they don’t give a damn or a care about the Northern Irish, they didn’t secure a peace pact, maybe they would send us sick and disabled to the front line as a way of getting rid.

  3. mohandeer

    I’m just hopping mad that Cameron and his crew ever put this country in jeopardy from the Irish Nationalists to change something that was working. If it ain’t broke, why screw it up? They sure as hell weren’t fixing to mend it.

  4. Phil Leach

    schrodingers conservative cat, simultaneously creating fear, distracting us from election criminality, providing a pro-euro argument, and yet doing none of these because its being lined up to increase expenditure on close protection as conservative politicians find it harder and harder to go out in public without getting booed.

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