Timeline of Recent Unrest, Sectarianism, Paramilitary Activity and Developments in the Peace Process

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January 2015

1st In their New Year statement, the Republican Network for Unity said '2014 was a year of transition for Republican Network for Unity, undergoing the necessary conversion from a pressure group to a revolutionary party, offering to represent the working class people of Ireland at all levels of struggle. [...] It has been another year of struggle for Irish Republican Prisoners throughout the country.' éírígí said that they saluted 'those who have contributed to the fight for justice and freedom in Ireland over the last twelve months'. Sinn Féin stated that 'the Fine Gael/Labour coalition has lost its mandate and now clings to power, imposing policies that are alienating huge numbers of citizens, as it stumbles from one political crisis to another'.

A woman in her seventies described her shaken feelings after a petrol bomb attack on her house in Magharafelt.

It was reported that a PSNI unit would take over the Bloody Sunday investigation.

Seven people escaped a gun attack on a house in Omagh. SF MLA Declan McAleer said 'this is a community moving forward and we do not want this type of activity trying to drag us back to the past'. UUP MLA Ross Hussey commented that 'the New Year is all about peace and goodwill, but the perpetrators of this attack know nothing of either'.

3rd A gang stole six legally-held guns from a house in Garvagh.

4th A man from Ghana was targetted in a racially-motivated attack during the early hours of the morning. He lived off the Shankill Road.

5th Former IRA members Leonard Hardy and Donna Maguire were arrested in Lanzarote during a police operation into smugging and money laundering.

Peter Robinson accused Theresa Villiers of 'breaking her word' over parades.

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt said that his party executive had been 'right to reserve judgement' on the Stormont House Agreement.

6th A man was shot in the legs during a paramilitary-style attack in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

Orla O'Hanlon and Keith McConnan appeared in court in connection with an alleged republican bomb factory.

Gary Donnelly, a republican opposed to the peace process, won his appeal against a jail sentence for damaging Derry's walls.

Cars at the homes of relatives of a PSNI officer were vandalised in Derry. Sinn Féin councillor Tony Hassan said 'this attack was wrong and shouldn't have happened. The vast majority of people in the Shantallow area want to move our community forward without this type of incident happening."

7th Chief Constable George Hamilton was summoned to court to explain why a report on the murder of GAA official Sean Brown had been withheld from an inquest. Mr Brown was shot by loyalists in May 1997.

8th A letter bomb was found at the PSNI headquarters in Belfast. It was addressed to Chief Constable George Hamilton.

The Alliance Party
ratified the Stormont House Agreement.

9th MI5 boss Andrew Parker announced that most attacks planned by republican paramilitaries in 2014 had been stopped. 'Whilst there has been great progress in Northern Ireland, dissident republicans continue to carry out terrorist attacks aimed at the police, prison officers and others. There were more than 20 such attacks in 2014, most of which - thankfully - were unsuccessful. The key statistic is that for every one of those attacks we and our colleagues in the police have stopped three or four others coming to fruition.'

11th Canon Ian Ellis said that the parades debate was 'holding Northern Ireland to ransom'. There was a 'disconnect' between the loyal orders and the churches.

13th Tony Blair, appearing before a Westminster Committee, said that the peace process would have collapsed without the On the Run Scheme.

An inquest into the UVF murder of Roseann Mallon heard that Special Branch could have tampered with the weapon used to kill her.

14th Former British soldier Ian Bailey claimed that the Irish police had threatened him with 'the provos' after he told a newspaper they had bribed him with money and drugs.

Medical company Randox, which had bought up the former Massereene army base, announced it would create 540 jobs.

Connor Hughes appeared in court in connection with a blast bomb seized by security forces in west Belfast in March 2014.

16th Two houses in north Belfast were targetted in sectarian hate crimes. Sinn Féin councillor Gerard McCabe said 'these people's homes have been attacked before for years, as a matter of fact, and one of the homes that I visited this morning the people are just basically fed-up with it'.

Adrian Crevan Mackin from Co. Louth was charged with membership of the IRA.

17th A security alert in Belfast city centre was found to have been sparked by a 'completely innocent object'.

A shot was fired in a bar in Creggan. Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Campbell said 'they represent no-one - I think that has to be emphasised very strongly'.

19th Theresa Villiers said that laywers had advised the government not to disclose the names of republicans who had received On the Runs letters.

Craigavon Borough Council voted to fly the union flag daily. Sinn Féin called the decision 'illogical'.

20th A security alert occurred at an apartment block on the Short Strand Road, forcing the residents to be evacuated.

Gunmen forced their way into a man's west Belfast home and shot him in the arms and legs. SDLP councillor Colin Keenan was amongst those who gave him first aid.

21st Michael Gallagher, whose son died in the Omagh bombing, won the right to challenge the government's refusal to hold a public inquiry.

22nd Elmgrove Primary School in east Belfast closed over an emailed threat.

The Bishop of Clogher made an appeal for information about the body of Disappeared victim Columba McVeigh.

The GAA was criticised for the two-game ban it gave player Gearoid McKiernan for his sectarian comments.

A man and a woman were arrested after a gun was found in a house in west Belfast.

Sectarian abuse was heard at a boxing club in east Belfast. A coach at the club said 'in all my years attending tournaments in all parts of the community, I never heard abuse like it'.

23rd Stuart Gregory Hamilton was jailed for possessing explosives and drugs. He was said to have had links to paramilitaries.

24th A man was arrested after guns and bomb parts were found at a house in west Belfast.

26th Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly defended his role in the One the Runs Scheme after it emerged he had delivered one of hte letters to the suspect in a murder case in 2008.

A man was detained after a security operation in Derry.

A security alert occurred at the Titanic halt, closing the railway line between Belfast Central and Bangor.

Two men appeared in court in Derry accused of membership of the IRA.

27th The father of Gareth O'Connor, an alleged RIRA member who vanished in 2003, spoke on Radio Ulster. He accused the PIRA of killing his son.

28th As the UK general election approached, Tory propagandists taunted Labour over an alleged link with Sinn Féin, and the DUP lost their bid to appear in TV debates.

Nothing was found after a security alert at the home of Sinn Féin's North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay.

It was reported that British army bomb teams had been called out 347 times over the last year.

29th The family of Robert Hamill, a Catholic murdered by loyalists in 1997, said they were devastated by the loss of discs containing information from the inquest.

30th A man was shot in north Belfast. SDLP North Belfast MLA Alban Maginnes said: 'This kind of criminality has no place in modern society and is completely at odds with the values held by the North Belfast community'. Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly later commented: The difficulty is that these micro-groups, these so-called dissidents, have been fighting amongst each other and it's got to the point where guns have been brought out'.

A man was shot in both legs in west Belfast.

31st Politicians from the Alliance, Sinn Féin and SDLP parties spoke at a rally against the DUP's proposed 'conscience clause' which would create a caveat for religious people in the equality law.

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February 2015

1st The chief constable, George Hamilton, said a new Historical Investigations Unit could be 'two years away'.

2nd An 'incident' occurred on the republican wing of Maghaberry prison. A protest involving about 200 people took place outside in support of the prisoners. Northern Ireland Prison Service director general Sue McAllister said 'I can confirm the incident involving separated prisoners in Roe House has ended with no injuries to staff or prisoners'.

3rd Justice Minister David Ford said that inmates at Maghaberry should stop intimidating jail staff.

He also said that a cross-border investigation of sexual abuse by the IRA would not be ruled out.

4th The Belfast to Dublin railway line was closed due to an alert at Lurgan.

A pipe bomb was found after an alert in Newtownabbey.

It was reported that loyalist Winston Rea was being investigated over serious offences.

5th A car was damaged in an explosion in west Belfast.

6th Hoax security alerts took place at two Catholic churches in Glengormley and Newtownabbey.

A Newtownabbey man was jailed for bomb hoaxes, including a device left outside a church.

DUP MLA Nelson McCausland accused Sinn Féin of 'weaponising' the Irish language.

8th A security alert occurred near a police station in east Belfast.

An alert at Eniskillen ended with a controlled explosion.

9th Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said that police had informed him of a rocket attack threat from other republicans.

The High Court in Belfast was told that 'confidentiality was fundamental' to an investigation into the shooting of loyalist Bobby Moffett in 2010.

Christine Connor and Stuart Downes appeared in court accused of a pipe bomb attack on a police officer.

10th Loyalist ex-prisoner Winston Rea won a last-minute court order to stop the PSNI getting hold of interviews he gave to Boston College.

Terry Laverty, who had been convicted of rioting in 1971, had his conviction quashed. His brother John had been one of ten people shot dead by the Parachute Regiment during an operation by the Parachute Regiment in Ballymurphy.

11th In Twinbrook, west Belfast, a man was shot in both legs.

A security alert occurred in Pomeroy, Co. Donegal, but nothing was found. A hoax alert also occurred in Lurgan.

It was reported that Orange Order heritage museums funded by the EU would not be 'propaganda pieces' and had involved consultation with nationalists.

13th Two men attacked a family home with petrol bombs in Carrickfergus.

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said he hoped to negotiate a pact with the DUP in the Westminster election of May 2015.

14th It was ruled that the William Rea (Boston College) tapes would be stored at the Royal Courts of Justice rather than the US consulate building in Belfast.

Four men were arrested after guns were found in a car in Carrickfergus.

15th A fourth man was charged over the guns find in Carrickfergus.

16th During the night, a memorial in east Belfast that commemorated IRA victims was vandalised in east Belfast.

A suspicious object was found during an alert at Currynierin, Derry. It was later reported that the bomb had been 'designed to kill'. The bomb had been a 'mortar-type device'.

Brian Henry Johnston, who had been allegedly stopped in a car with four guns and three knives, described himself as a 'dead man walking'.

17th During the night, a Catholic church in east Belfast was daubed with loyalist graffiti. The DUP's Jimmy Spratt condemned the attack, but said it might have been a retaliation for the vandalism of a memorial the previous night.

Peter Robinson insisted that the DUP did not negotiate on parades during the Stormont House Agreement talks.

A 17-year-old boy was shot in both legs in west Belfast. The masked gunmen forced their way into his bedroom.

Ammunition was reportedly found at a house in west Belfast.

18th Newry, Mourne and Down district shadow council was criticised for placing Irish above English on its signage.

19th Two pipe bombs were found during alerts in Derry.

It was reported that bomb disposal experts had been called to a house in west Belfast, only to find that the alleged bomb parts belonged to a computer games console.

20th Police said they were investigating 'loyalist groupings' in connection with pipe bombs found in Derry the previous day.

Former soldier John Rankin admitted possessing improvised explosive devices.

Nineteen Protestant men jailed with trail during the 1970s were granted leave to take legal action against the UK state.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers stated that she would be calling more meetings to resolve the north Belfast parading dispute.

21st SF councillor Anne Brolly said she was concerned that the British army had been involved in the recovery of the Manannán Mac Lir statue from the sea.

23rd Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister accused gardaí of 'dragging their feet' over an inquiry into the Kingsmill Massacre.

25th A man was injured in an explosion when he took down a poster accusing another person of being a tout. Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy said the victim's family had been threatened by 'criminal gangs masquerading as republicans'. It later emerged that the explosion had been caused by a pipe bomb.

A Northern Ireland Electricity worker was threatened by masked men in Derry and ordered to take a suspect package to a police station.

Amnesty International said that NI wasn't dealing with its troubled past.

27th A gritter driver was stopped by masked men who told him to take what they said was a bomb to a Derry police station

A court heard that alleged CIRA members had planned attacks on Northern Ireland Policing Board meetings.
Police won the right to listen to the Boston College tapes.

Connor Hughes from west Belfast was jailed after being caught with a bomb in a holdall.

Police asked for information on the booby-trap bomb that injured Francis McCabe Jr in Crossmaglen.

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March 2015

2nd Sinn Féin councillors rejected an attempt by unionist councillors to request a new vote on the naming of the Raymond McCreesh playpark in Newry. Meanwhile, Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott called for legislation to stop public facilities being named after people convicted of terror offences.

It was reported that a Loyalist bands group, the Londonderry Bands Forum, would attend the Sinn Féin Ard Fhéis on March 7th.

It was reported that Sinn Féin's Mitchel McLaughlin was to take up the position of President of the NI Assembly Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

4th The Unionist Centenary Committee obtained permission for a march to mark 100 years since the Ulster Volunteer Force left for the battlefields of the First World War. Sinn Féin had opposed the march.

5th Two men were shot in the legs in Poleglass outside west Belfast.

An incendiary bomb was found at Ballycastle police station.

6th The family of Paul Quinn blamed the IRA for his 2007 murder and rejected Gerry Adams' claim that criminals were responsible.

Derry's peace bridge appeared on a Royal Mail stamp.

A court heard that two men who had been due in court had not appeared because they had been shot in west Belfast the night before. Both were charged with supplying a Class A controlled drug.

7th The grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland called for protests over the disputed parades.

9th Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party accused one another of bad faith over a welfare bill.

A pipe bomb was found in the garden of a house in Shore Crescent, North Belfast.

Nothing was found after an alert in Derry.

10th Jonathan Ginn stood trial for a bomb hoax at the Alliance party's offices.

A man made allegations that a senior member of the IRA had raped him, and the IRA had held a 'kangaroo court' before exiling the attacker.

11th It was reported that loyalist supergrass Gary Haggarty, charged with 212 offences including five murders, might seek to have some charges dropped on the basis of having acted as a state agent.

12th It was reported that the Irish government had repealed an old law making the English Queen the 'king of Ireland'.

A parliamentary watchdog criticised the Stormont Executive for being slow in implementing judgements by the European Court of Human Rights.

13th Taoiseach Enda Keny said he believed Gerry Adams had been well aware of abuse within the republican movement.

15th It was reported that Martin McGuinness was pulling out of St. Patrick's Day celebrations at the White House to deal with the welfare negotiations at Stormont.

16th Rail services were affected by a security alert at Lurgan.

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, said Stormont needs more symbols to better reflect society.

18th The SDLP ruled out a 'nakedly sectarian' election pact with Sinn Féin. However, Peter Robinson of the DUP defended his own party's pact with the UUP.

A high-profile flag protester, Jamie Bryson, was convicted over taking part in unlawful public processions.

A security alert took place at a church in Coalisland, Co. Tyrone.

A man in court on drugs offences was granted anonymity because of the threat from republican paramilitaries.

19th A man was charged over a bomb found in Lurgan in 2013.

The widow of Anthony Hughes, killed by soldiers at Loughgall along with eight IRA men, won the right to challenge a government intervention in the campaign for fresh inquests.

A man was shot in his legs and one arm in Ballymoney.

21st A wooden statue was burnt in the Waterside area of Derry, as part of an art project by US artist David Best. The aim was 'to offer an alternative perspective on bonfires'.

23rd In north Belfast, a woman was shot in both legs. Police suspected a UDA link.

24th Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly confirmed he had a royal pardon.

The Northern Ireland Affairs committee said the 'one-sided, secretive scheme of letters' sent to republicans had damaged the integrity of the criminal justice system.

25th It was reported that sixteen republicans had received royal pardons since 2000.

27th An alert at Voltaire Gardens in Belfast was declared a hoax. Three days earlier, a pipe bomb had been found in the area.

28th Guns were found during a police investigation into republican paramilitaries in Co. Louth.

29th In north Belfast, a man was shot in the face.

30th Five masked men attacked a man in a 'paramilitary-style attack in Creggan, Derry. The police said that 'those who are involved in paramilitary style attacks do not represent the interests of any community nor contribute anything to it. Those small groups of individuals who continue to try and terrorise people and commit criminal acts must be isolated from communities.' The victim of the attack later blamed republican paramilitaries.

A grenade was found during a search of a house in Coleraine.

31st A woman was arrested for a 'hate crime' against a Polish couple of a bus. Sinn Féin councillor Mary Ellen Campbell said she had been struck during the incident.

In west Belfast, a man was shot in both legs during a paramilitary-style attack.

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April 2015

2nd Shots were fired at a house in west Belfast.

3rd It was reported that during a US TV interview, Gerry Adams had denied being a member of the IRA, but said 'I don't disassociate myself from the IRA. I think the IRA was a legitimate response to what was happening here'. Asked about the Jean McConville killing, he said 'that is what happens in wars...That's what American soldiers do, British soldiers do, Irish Republican soldiers do, that's what happens in every single conflict'.

A security alert occurred at the council offices in Dungannon.

5th petrol bombs were thrown at a car in Strabane.

An attack on a woman in Derry was treated as a hate crime.

At an Easter Rising commemoration, Gerry Adams said that Sinn Féin was committed to a referendum on unity. Meanwhile the CIRA put on a 'show of strength' in Lurgan.

6th The family of Jean McConville condemned Gerry Adams for his remarks, saying that the killing of their mother should be regarded as a war crime, not as a normal act during war.

A paramilitary-style attack occurred in Bartley's Wood, Ballywater.

A republican parade passed through Derry without incident, despite being banned by police.

7th A group of men attacked two houses in racist attacks in north Belfast.

A man was arrested and then released in connection with loyalist paramilitary activity.

8th It was reported that Germany had re-opened an IRA murder case from 1998. The victim was Heidi Hazell.

Police in Belfast said that racist hate crimes had risen 43% in eight months.

A man in west Belfast found a pipe bomb outside his mother's home and carried it to safety in a field.

9th A man was beaten in a paramilitary-style attack in north Belfast.

12th A window at the Ballyclare office of Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kinahan was smashed. Meanwhile, the Guardian reported that Naomi Long, the Alliance party politician who won a seat in East Belfast, had received numerous threats. 'Her constituency HQ has been attacked seven times, including with petrol bombs, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland beefed up security at her home. Her staff have been threatened and assaulted and hardline Ulster loyalists have picketed her surgeries.'

13th Northern Ireland's chief electoral officer upheld his decision to stop using Howard Primary School in Moygashel as a polling station following loyalist intimidation of Sinn Féin workers.

14th A man originally charged with conspiracy to cause an explosion was found guilty of cigarette smuggling and given a small fine.

A bomb was found in Strabane.

15th An international peace-building conference, Hope Beyond Hurt, took place in Derry.

17th A security alert in south Belfast was declared a hoax.

18th Police came under attack in Derry, and two boys were arrested.

19th The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused Sinn Féin of falsifying Irish history.

Disturbances occurred in north Belfast, with youths fighting and shouting sectarian slogans.

An attack on a house in south Belfast was judged to be a sectarian hate crime.

20th It was reported that Dee Fennell, a prominent republican, had been arrested after a speech in which he said 'armed struggle must be a contributory factor to a wider struggle'.

21st Police investigating the murder of John Pat Cunningham, shot dead by soldiers in 1974, arrested a 73-year-old man in England.

A man was arrested but then released in connection with a gun attack on police in north Belfast on 5th December 2013.

An investigation found that a policeman had accidentally fired a shot through the window of a car thought to contain armed paramilitaries in November 2013.

Police blamed an attack on police vehicles in north Belfast on republican paramilitaries.

22nd Three pipe bombs were made safe in Drumahoe.

23rd A protest took place on Ormeau Road against hate crimes.

24th In the early hours of the morning, shots were fired at a house in west Belfast.

A protest against racism took place in Derry after an Egyptian man was assaulted.

25th The Belfast Telegraph reported that '[republican] gunmen still roam the streets and alleyways' of Lurgan's Kilwilkie estate.

26th Petrol bombs were thrown in north Belfast. One report said they had been thrown from the nationalist New Lodge area into the loyalist Tiger's Bay.

27th An explosion occurred in Derry, with no reports of injuries. Police said there had been inadequate warning.

29th Thirteen members of the Young Conway Volunteers flute band were convicted of playing a sectarian tune outside the Catholic St Patrick's Chapel in north Belfast on 12th July 2012.

An alert at Lisburn's Pond Park Primary School was declared a hoax.

The SDLP office in Strabane was vandalised during the night.

30th In the Republic, a priest was jailed for paying three men who were supposedly in the CIRA to threaten his nephew.

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May 2015

1st RIRA gunman Sean Connolly was sentenced to life in prison in the Republic for killing drug dealer Eamon Kelly. It was reported that Connolly had become a 'key member' of a new IRA group in prison. The killing had been linked to the murder of republican Alan Ryan.

It was reported that police had been the target of a 'major bomb' in north Belfast.

3rd It was reported that a memorial to three soldiers killed by the IRA had been vandalised.

Martin McGuinness' home was attacked with paint. He commented that 'This attack on my family follows an arson attack on the car of a Sinn Féin member in Derry last week and on Sinn Féin election billboards and posters in the city. The people behind these attacks have nothing to offer the community and they are intent on dragging society back to the past'.

4th Residents were forced to move out of their houses during a security alert near a Territorial Army base in Derry.

It was reported that Sinn Féin were facing criticism over a 'sectarian' leaflet. The leaflet pointed out that there were now more Catholics than Protestants in Northern Ireland.

Sinn Féin's Mickey Brady said police had warned him of a death threat.

5th A former senior IRA figure, Gerard Davison, was shot dead in south Belfast.

7th Families of more than 100 murder victims began a legal action in Belfast, claiming collusion between members of the security forces and loyalists.

An 18-year-old was arrested over a bomb at Brompton Park, six days earlier.

8th An alert shortly after midnight in Ballygowan was declared a hoax.

It was reported that the UUP had been the only party to make gains in the UK general election. Sinn Féin lost Fermanagh and South Tyrone to the UUP.

In court, counsel for the Chief Constable said that the Historical Enquiries Team found no evidence of state collusion behind the Glennane Gang.

9th The funeral of Gerard Davison took place. His coffin was draped by a tricolour and a black beret and gloves were laid upon it.

10th It was reported that the mother of Eoin Kelly, who had been threatened by the republicans calling themselves the IRA, had appealed to Gerry Adams, but with no result.

11th A 63-year-old man was arrested after a number of 'suspicious objects' were found in east Belfast.

12th The European Court rejected a claim by republican Colin Duffy that his detention in 2009 breached his human rights.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said that abolishing the Human Rights Act would be a 'flagrant breach' of the Good Friday Agreement.

13th A 'suspect device' was found in Courtown, Co. Wexford, and four republicans arrested. Newspapers subsequently reported a plot to target Prince Charles and Camilla. The Mirror quoted an 'insider' as saying: 'This has been an IRA operation to ­intimidate the royals and the British people. There were plans to set off a number of bombs along the roads Charles and his wife were supposed to take. They were also going to be set off in other areas across the country as a decoy distraction technique to make the Brits think an attack was coming.'

Gerry Adams said that the Conservatives' plan to scrap the Human Rights Act was a 'scandalous attack' on the Good Friday Agreement.

14th A High Court heard that the government staged a 'sham process' over Pat Finucane.

In Glasgow, a court heard that UDA members had 'wanted to shoot' Johnny Adair because he and his friend 'murdered innocent Catholics'.

Prosecutors were given more time to decide whether to proceed against republican Ivor Bell for the murder of Jean McConville.

16th Three men appeared in the Special Criminal Court in Dublin accused of IRA membership.

17th It was reported that Sinn Féin would attend royal events when Prince Charles visited Ireland. Gerry Adams presented this as part of the 'healing process'.

The head of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland, Paul Terrington, said Stormont was not stable. 'The single issue of stability, the continuation of the devolution process around corporation tax, all of those things feel like they are in a vacuum at the minute.'

18th Justice Minister David Ford assigned judges to hear inquests into some of the most controversial Troubles killings. These included Ballymurphy and Kingsmill.

19th Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness met Prince Charles. Adams said afterwards: 'We did discuss the need for the entire process to move forward, particularly in regard to those who have suffered, those who have been bereaved. Both he and we expressed our regret for what happened from 1968 onwards. We were of a common mind and the fact that the meeting took place, it obviously was a big thing for him to do and a big thing for us to do.'

20th Prince Charles visited Mullaghmore in Co. Sligo, where his uncle Lord Mountbatten had been killed by the IRA in 1979.

A pipe bomb was found during an alert in Strabane.

A court heard that Anton Duffy, who had allegedly plotted to kill Johnny Adair and Sam McCrory of the UDA, had asked Celtic player Anthony Stokes about getting guns.

21st Prince Charles visited St.Patrick's Church on Donegall Street, Belfast, which had been at the centre of a parades dispute. A small protest was held outside, including relatives of those killed in the Ballymurphy Massacre.

22nd As part of his reconciliation tour, Prince Charles visited the Corrymeela Centre. He said 'surely it is time that we become the subjects of our history and not its prisoners. Surely too, through the roots of Corrymeela, we can discover lessons that can serve as a model to all who strive for peace.'

25th It was later reported that when police dealt with a pipe bomb in the Short Strand area of Belfast, a pensioner was too ill to leave her home.

The BBC's Crimewatch made an appeal for information on the murder of IRA man Gerard 'Jock' Davison.

26th In Derry, a 20-year-old man was arrested and then released in connection with 'violent dissident terrorist criminality'.

27th It was reported that an 'unusual' Eastern European-style gun had been used to shoot Gerard Davison.

The Police Federation warned that budget cuts made it more difficult to deal with 'terrorist threats'.

Two men arrested in Lurgan over republican paramilitary activity were released.

Sinn Féin and the SDLP rejected a DUP attempt to change the law in a way that would make it possible for seriously injured military veterans to get priority medical treatment.

28th The BBC broadcast a documentary, Panorama: Britain's Secret Terror Deals, which looked into collusion between security forces and paramilitaries during the conflict. It also revealed that a weapon linked to seven murders had been located in the Imperial War Museum in London.

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June 2015

1st An inquest into the Kingsmill massacre was adjourned for the eighth time.

2nd The Polish ambassador spoke at Stormont about an upsurge in hate crimes.

Stones and petrol bombs were thrown in an interface area in Belfast.

3rd An IRA membership trial against two senior republicans, Sean Hughes and Padraic Wilson, collapsed.

An Irish tricolour was mysteriously flown over Stormont, sparking a police investigation.

A suspicious object was found during a security operation in Dundonald, east Belfast.

4th It was reported that the Council for Ethnic Minorities had warned that children currently at Fane Street Primary School could be subject to racist attacks if moved to another location. 'The ethnic minority and Muslim families would need to walk to the (new) school... down the Donegall Road, through the Village to the new school in the future. This also means they will have a high risk of racist attack and racial harassment on the way to and from (the new proposed) school.'

It was also reported that the prosecution of Ivor Bell over the murder of Jean McConville would go ahead.

5th A woman escaped injury during a gun attack on her flat in west Belfast.

7th Mitchel McLaughlin and Elisha McCallion of Sinn Féin laid a wreath at the cenotaph in Derry to commemorate the Battle of Messines.

Environmentalist Jonathon Porritt said that the Troubles could no longer be used to 'relegate the environment to a second-division issue'.

8th The father of Paul McCauley, who died eight years after being seriously injured in a sectarian attack, said he believed the UDA were to blame.

9th Lawyers for Freddie Scappaticci failed to stop the BBC from broadcasting a programme about his role as Stakeknife.

10th The Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities apologised for comparing a proposed merger involving Fane Street Primary School into other schools with the Holy Cross dispute. Almost two thirds of pupils at Fane Street came from immigrant families.

Martin McGuinness agreed to meet Shauna Moreland, daughter of an IRA victim, who wanted to ask him if he had ordered her mother's death.

11th Two bishops, one Catholic and one Church of Ireland, called for anyone with information on the Paul McCauley murder to come forward.

The sisters of IRA murder victim Robert McCartney were revealed as witnesses in the collapsed trial against Padraic Wilson and Sean Hughes. The case collapsed after a number of witnesses withdrew their evidence a week before the trial was due to start.

Lord Saville stood by his claim that Gerald Donaghey was probably carrying bombs on Bloody Sunday.

It was reported that paint had been thrown over a memorial to the people murdered in the McGurk's Bar bombing. Police treated it as a hate crime.

12th The Parades Commission placed more restrictions on the Tour of the North.

15th The DUP claimed that there had been IRA informers 'in high places'.

16th The PSNI requested an 'immediate, updated threat assessment' of the Stormont Assembly after the tricolour incident.

17th It was reported that Philip McMurray would take legal action over the IRA murder of his wife, a member of the RUC. On the same day, relatives of the victims of the McGurk's Bar Bombing won permission to investigate why a report on the bombing was suppressed.

18th During the night and early morning, a bomb was found under a policeman's car in Eglinton, near Derry. Fifteen houses had to be evacuated. Three men were arrested in the Republic.

19th It was reported that four men were still being questioned over the Eglinton bomb.

Orangemen abided by a ruling that restricted their drumming on the Tour of the North parade.

A 13-year-old boy was arrested for rioting on Bryson Street, east Belfast.

20th The final man arrested over the Eglinton bomb was released without charge.

21st It was reported that a sawn-off shotgun had been found in Dundonald Cemetery, east Belfast.

23rd A 57-year-old man was arrested over the Eglinton bomb.

It was reported that the mechanism used to raise flags over Stormont had been decommissioned, to stop a repeat of the incident in which two flags, including an Irish tricolour, were flown without permission.

24th Four men were arrested in Co. Longford, in the Republic, on suspicion of 'dissident republican activity'.

25th It was reported that more than one body had been found during a search for the body of 'Disappeared' IRA member and victim Joe Lynskey in County Meath.

26th Philomena McKee, sister of Kevin, whose body was one of the two discovered in Co. Mouth, visited the site. She described how her mother 'was tortured all her life thinking that her son might come home someday'.

It was reported that the family of Pat Finucane had lost their legal challenge against British Prime Minister David Cameron over his refusal to hold an inquiry.

A bomb was recovered during a 'planned search' of a house on Lenadoon Avenue in west Belfast. A man was
arrested but later released.

27th A Muslim woman became the victim of a hate crime in Portadown.

28th Clifton Street Orange Hall in north Belfast was attacked with paint and a petrol bomb. The police were then attacked by about twenty youths.

30th It was reported that Kingsmill survivor Alan Black was pursuing legal action over the failure to appoint a coroner for a new inquest into the murders.

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July 2015

2nd Two people were arrested after a gun was fired in a park off the Shankill Road.

It was reported that five Irish TDs were supporting the release of Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt while he recovered from surgery.

During the night, Ballytyrone Orange Hall was gutted in a suspected arson attack.

4th In Bray, a bridge was renamed in honour of Fran O'Toole, member of the Miami Showband, which was attacked by loyalists in 1975.

5th Rasharkin Orange Hall was vandalised overnight.

The Belfast Telegraph reported that the RIRA were running a 'brutal extortion racket' in the Republic. Farmer Kevin Conlan, who had been badly beaten said that 'they were round here last Halloween demanding money, but I wouldn't give them anything'.

6th A security alert on Ormeau Road in Belfast found 'nothing untoward'.

7th Nazi flags near a loyalist bonfire in Carrickfergus were taken down.

The Police Ombudsmen stated that a recommendation not to prosecute Gerry Adams over allegations that he withheld information on sexual abuse within his family had not been politically motivated.

8th Senior UDA man Colin 'Bap' Lindsay was killed in an attack with a samurai sword. Police named his killer as Albert Armstrong.

10th A security alert in Coleraine was found to be 'an elaborate hoax'.

It was reported that 54 homes on Chobham Street in east Belfast had to be boarded up to protect them from a huge bonfire in the vicinity.

11th Dublin's Sinn Féin mayor, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, became the first elected member of the party to attend the Royal British Legion's war commemoration.

The Orange Order marched at Rossnowlagh.

A man was arrested and a gun and ammunition seized during an investigation into republican paramilitary activity in Dundalk.

12th The Sammy Dudley conflict transformation centre was attacked by petrol bombs in the early hours of the morning.

The Alliance Party called for an investigation into the burning of election posters and Irish flags on bonfires.

It was reported that a number of effigies of Sinn Féin politicians, as well as tricolours and other items, were being attached to loyalist bonfires.

13th As celebrations for the Twelfth got underway, police suffered injuries on the Crumlin Road, with one nearly losing his ear after being struck by a piece of masonry. A girl and a woman were hit by a car during the trouble. Meanwhile, the Finaghy True Blues breached a ban to play a tune while passing St Patrick's Church, and a man was arrested over a protest by the Ardoyne shops. In Greysteel, youths threw stones at buses taking people home from the Twelfth celebrations in Coleraine.

14th A 61-year-old man was charged with two counts of attempted murder after a car hit a woman and girl during violence in north Belfast.

The Court of Appeal ruled that the home secretary could use secret court hearings to defend a damages claim being brought by former IRA informer Martin McGartland.

15th John Alexander Aughey appeared in court over the attempted murder of a woman and a girl during violence in north Belfast.

A man was shot in the leg at a derelict house in Spamount Street, north Belfast.

The Orange Order condemned the Finaghy True Blues for playing music as they passed by St. Patrick's church.

Two men appeared in court accused of provocatively waving an Irish flag close to the loyalist protest camp at Twaddell Avenue.

Petrol bombs were thrown at police during trouble in north Belfast.

Shots were allegedly fired at the funeral of republican Peggy O'Hara, during which dozens of INLA members paraded.

Trouble continued for a third night in Derry.

17th During the night, the home of a Traveller family was subject to attacks described as 'hate crimes'.

A 24-year-old man was charged over the murder of Paul McCauley, who died nine years after being badly beaten in a sectarian attack.

18th In Lurgan, a caller alerted police to a suspicious device, but the bomb exploded as police searched for it. They said afterwards that they believed the call had been intended to lure them to area, and the bomb might have been detonated from a distance. A spokesman commented that 'it bears all the hallmarks of violent dissident republican terrorists'.

19th Police seized a number of items while investigating shots fired at the funeral of republican Peggy O'Hara.

20th Three men were found guilty of trying to murder UDA ex-leaders Johnny Adair and Sam McCrory.

The home of a Catholic family in the Waterside area of Derry was attacked in a sectarian incident.

22nd Speaking at Warrington Peace Centre, dedicated to two young IRA victims, the Irish president, Michael Higgins, warned against the social exclusion that led to the rise of extremism.

24th It was reported that five people had been arrested over the bomb in Lurgan a few days previously.

Derry City and Strabane District Council made a controversial decision to change the official name of 'Londonderry' to Derry.

25th A former TA soldier was charged over a hoax bomb threat to Gerry Adams that occurred two months previously.

28th Gerry Adams accused British Prime Minister of 'arrogance' after he made comments about seeing off the IRA. He said Cameron's remarks 'betray a worrying ignorance on the part of a British Premier of the dynamics which have propelled the Irish Peace Process for many years. The reality is that the IRA was never defeated and that again and again it was Irish republicans, including the IRA leadership, which took bold steps to bolster the peace process and to maintain positive political momentum.'

29th A pipe bomb was found after an alert in north Belfast.

As Justice Minister David Ford visited Derry, searches for republicans opposed to the peace process were carried out.

31st Des Lee of the Miami Showband laid flowers to mark the fortieth anniversary of the massacre.

It was reported that the UDA had been putting up recruitment posters in Coleraine.

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August 2015

1st A 'mortar-type device' was found during an alert near a graveyard in Strabane.

2nd Politicians condemned the mortar bomb found in Strabane. SDLP councillor Patsy Kelly said 'this is not the first or the second time that they've done this and I don't know why they're continually doing this because it's the people of Strabane that they are inconveniencing and disrupting. To leave this in an area like this is despicable.'

3rd Police said that the Strabane bomb of two days previously had been an attempt to kill their officers.

4th It was reported that survivors of the Miami Showband had called for soldiers who suspected their ranks had been infiltrated by loyalists to help shed light on the massacre.

A small bomb was found after an alert in west Belfast.

It was reported that DUP politician Sammy Wilson said he had planted a tree given to him by Sinn Féin, as a symbol of peace.

Police carried out searches in Strabane and found an assault rifle.

5th It was reported that Easyjet had offended the Orange Order. They had originally promoted the annual 12th July commemorations as a tourist event, but apologised after a complaint was made, which in turn upset the Order.

6th During the early morning, a car was damaged by a petrol bomb attack in east Belfast.

Martin McGuinness shared the stage with Chief Constable George Hamilton at a festival in west Belfast. Hamilton accepted that there had been 'serious problems in policing in the past'.

7th A court heard that an Irish tricolour flag waved at loyalist protesters in July 'could have caused major disorder'.

8th The Apprentice Boys parade took place. Stones were thrown at a bus carrying spectators back to Belfast afterwards.

9th Trouble flared after police prevented an anti-internment parade from entering Belfast city centre. Nine officers were injured during the rioting.

Kevin Hannaway, who had been one of a group who accused the British army of torture during the seventies, appeared in a Dublin court charged with assisting the IRA. It had earlier been reported that five people had been arrested two days earlier on charges of 'dissident republican activity'.

11th A security alert in Newtownabbey was declared a hoax.

A court heard that during the trouble after the march two days earlier, a man had transported petrol bombs to rioters as young as twelve years old.

Shots were fired at a house in west Belfast.

12th The Human Rights Commission said that twelve children had been shot by paramiliaries since 2009.

A man was shot dead in the Short Strand area of east Belfast. He was later named as Kevin McGuigan, a former PIRA member, who had been a suspect in the killing of Gerard 'Jock' Davison. The pair had earlier been friends and had founded Direct Action Against Drugs together. After a feud, Davison had ordered a punishment shooting of McGuigan.

A bomb that exploded in a bin in Derry was blamed on republicans opposed to the peace process.

13th First Minister Peter Robinson said there would be 'repercussions' if it was found the PIRA had been involved in the killing of Kevin McGuigan. 'It would certainly be totally unacceptable for any organisation which is involved in violence to be part of the Executive of Northern Ireland.'

14th It was reported that a bomb at a police barracks in Holywood might have been a firebomb.

It was also reported that Kevin McGuigan had been warned of a threat to his life shortly after the killing of Davison. The BBC said that 'when Mr Davison was shot dead in May, republicans suspected Mr McGuigan may have been involved. It has emerged that shortly after the killing, the father of nine was warned by the police that he was under threat from republicans. That will further fuel speculation that he was killed in a revenge attack by members of the Provisional IRA.'

15th A fight involving more than twenty youths took place in the Skegoneill area of north Belfast. Police said 'sectarianism and the use of social media sites are a strong line of enquiry'.

18th It was reported that graffiti that appeared to threaten Protestants had appeared on a wall close to the Felden development on the Mill Road, Newtownabbey.

On the day that Kevin McGuigan's funeral took place, a fourth man was arrested over his murder. It was reported that one of the men who had been questioned was Sean Kelly, who had carried out the 1993 Shankill bombing. According to the Guardian, 'suspicion has fallen on ex-Provisional IRA veterans, thought to be taking revenge for the May killing of former Belfast IRA commander Gerard "Jock" Davison in the Market district of central Belfast.'

20th The police linked the PIRA to the killing of Kevin McGuigan. However, Martin McGuinness said that 'the people who murdered Jock Davison are criminals. Those who murdered Kevin McGuigan are also criminals. They must be brought to justice.'

21st As the fall-out from Kevin McGuigan's murder continued, the BBC reported that police believed former PIRA members had co-operated with Action Against Drugs to kill him. Meanwhile, Peter Robinson of the DUP said Sinn Féin should be excluded from the Stormont Executive if it was found that the PIRA was still active.

22nd The chief constable of the PSNI, George Hamilton, said the PIRA still exists, but not on a war footing. There was no evidence that the killing of ex-IRA man Kevin McGuigan had been sanctioned by the organisation. Gerry Adams did not accept that the PIRA still existed.

In Strabane, police carried out searches during an investigation into republican paramilitary activity.

24th Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said it was no surprise to the government that the IRA still existed. 'My understanding is, very much in line with that of the chief constable, that a number of the organisational structures of the Provisional IRA still exist but that there is no evidence it's involved in terrorism or paramilitary activity.'

Mike Nesbitt said the UUP might leave Stormont in the wake of allegations surrounding the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

25th The Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald called for a fresh assessment of the PIRA following the murder of Kavin McGuigan.

26th Mike Nesbitt of the UUP recommended that his party leave Stormont after recent revelations about the PIRA.

Sinn Féin's national chairman, Declan Kearney, said that he regretted the loss of life in the Troubles 'without exception'.

27th The DUP said that 'usual business' could not continue until recent claims about the IRA had been resolved. Sinn Féin accused the unionists of engaging in a 'sham fight'.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said it had been envisaged that the IRA would continue to exist as an unarmed group.

In Ballymacgroarty, a man was the victim of a paramilitary-style attack.

28th 74-year-old Loyalist Samuel Tweed was jailed for offences committed in 1974. The DUP had pleaded for leniency.

Mike Nesbitt of the UUP said there could be no trust among political parties when Sinn Féin continued to say the IRA did not exist.

29th It was reported that Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy had received a death threat from a loyalist paramilitary organisation.

The Royal Black Institution paraded. They marched past St Patrick's Catholic Church on Donegall Street to a single drum beat.

The UUP confirmed that they would withdraw from the Northern Ireland Executive.

30th Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan described the situation at Stormont as 'grave'.

31st Windows were smashed in a hate crime attack in County Down.

DUP leader Peter Robinson called for 'intensive talks' to address the crisis at Stormont.

A security alert occurred at Ballyronan. Meanwhile, residents of the Galliagh estate in Derry were warned about a potential security threat in their area.

Three men were jailed for a plot to murder former UDA leaders Johnny Adair and Sam McCrory.

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September 2015

1st Peter Robinson asked British PM David Cameron to suspend the NI Assembly.

Survivors recalled the IRA massacre at Tullyvallen Orange Hall forty years previously.

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry heard evidence of sectarian abuse at Lisnevin Training School, County Down.

2nd A security alert occurred on Ravenhill Road in east Belfast.

A twelfth man was arrested in the investigation into the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry said that the abduction of murder of 15-year-old Bernard Teggart by the IRA was the most horrific case of child abuse it had seen. His sister testified that the school told her to phone back next day after he had been abducted.

The DUP threatened to take action if no crisis solution was offered.

3rd Chief constable George Hamiton said he would support moves to set up a group to monitor paramilitaries.

4th Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the Sinn Féin leadership needed to restore trust in Northern Ireland.

It was reported that the PSNI had found 94 guns in Northern Irleand in the last three years.

A security alert in Upperlands, Co. Derry, turned out to be a hoax.

5th The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers said that the British government might take over responsibility for welfare reform.

6th The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said there was a 'steely resolve' to save Northern Ireland's powersharing executive.

A man was released after being questioned over an INLA paramilitary display at Peggy O'Hara's funeral.

8th The UUP said it would not return to talks unless the PIRA's existence was the first item on the agenda. However, Theresa Villiers ruled out a suspension of Stormont.

Two bodies found in a bog where confirmed as those of Disappeared victims Seamus Wright and Kevin McKee.

Police told the families of Kevin McGuigan that their lives were also under threat.

9th The well-known republican Bobby Storey was arrested over the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

The DUP said that if the Northern Ireland Assembly was not suspended or adjourned, its ministers would quit. However, Martin McGuinness said this would be a grave mistake.

It was reported that the Historical Enquiries Team had been prevented from questioning of Martin McGuinness over the Eniskillen Bomb.

10th Two pipe bombs exploded in the early hours of the morning at Ahoghill.

After the DUP failed to have the Northern Ireland Assembly adjourned, Peter Robinson stepped down from his role of First Minister. With the exception of Arlene Foster who became the interim leader, the other DUP ministers followed suit in resigning. In his statement, Robinson said that 'the failure of the SDLP and Sinn Féin to implement the Stormont House Agreement, together with the assessment of the chief constable of the involvement of the IRA in murder, the continued existence of IRA structures, and the arrests that followed has pushed devolution to the brink.'

Bobby Storey, Eddie Copeland, Brian Gillen, who had been arrested over the murder of Kevin McGuigan, were released from custody.

Belfast's Lyric Theatre was evacuated during an alert, but nothing untoward was found. Meanwhile, an alert on Templemore Avenue in East Belfast was declared a hoax.

A shot was fired at a house in Twinbrook, west Belfast.

11th Peter Robinson said that Sinn Féin and the SDLP would not get ministerial roles following the resignation of his party members.

12th Gerry Adams accused the DUP of a form of 'Hokey Cokey' after they had nominated and then resigned ministers.

14th A man was shot in the leg in west Belfast.

16th The Irish Foreign Minister, Charlie Flanagan, said he would be discussing a proposal for 'a kind of oversight' of paramilitary activity.

17th It was reported> that the police would start interviewing British soldiers involved in Bloody Sunday.

Semtex and handguns were found during an investigation into republican paramilitary activity.

18th The British government commissioned an inquiry into paramilitaries in the North.

A pipe bomb was found in Strabane.

20th Further arrests followed the discovery of semtex and handguns in west Belfast.

A man was injured in a paramilitary-style shooting in west Belfast.

21st It was reported that Peter Robinson of the DUP was joining Stormont talks after a spell in hospital.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said that the main political parties had held a day of productive talks.

Catholic and Protestant children marked International Peace Day along the Limestone Road peace line in north Belfast.

22nd It was reported that the family of Eugene Dalton, killed by an IRA bomb, were to take the British government to court over the issue of compensation for victims of Libyan imported Semtex.

A bomb was discovered in Poleglass.

23rd Theresa Villiers said that she sensed a 'willingness to make progress' at Stormont.

The DUP called on the government to provide an additional 800 police officers.

It was reported that a new inquiry would be held in the Loughall killings.

25th SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell said he stood by his remarks that the DUP didn't want to work with Catholics, and Sinn Féin 'couldn't tell the truth' about the IRA.

26th The Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Bill Clinton had offered to get involved in resolving the Stormont crisis.

27th The new, left-wing British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn defended his meetings with republicans during the recent conflict. He said that 'there was never going to be a military victory so there [had] to be a political dialogue', and pointed out that the government were also holding secret talks.

A woman was arrested after an earlier explosives find in west Belfast.

29th It was reported that Gerry Adams would not face charges over the murder of Jean McConville.

30th It was reported that the family of Jean McConville would be pursuing legal action against people allegedly responsible for her murder .

Chief Constable George Hamilton defended the arrest of Bobby Storey over the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

It was reported that the US Envoy to Northern Ireland, former Senator Gary Hart, would be returning to help with the current political crisis.

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October 2015

1st Former deputy first minister Seamus Mallon said it had been a mistake to let Sinn Féin into government without decommissioning. In his view, Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair had been too eager to make history.

2nd British Prime Minister David Cameron said that talks would have to lead to an agreement by the end of the month.

3rd A petrol bomb was thrown at a house in Derry in what police described as a sectarian hate crime.

5th Filming began of The Journey, a comic drama about the relationship between Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said there was an 'open and candid' exchanges of opinion on the existence of paramilitary groups during talks.

6th The republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy was arraigned in Dublin on tax charges.

Police said that the threat to their officers from republicans opposed to the peace process was 'severe'.

Sinn Féin criticised plans for a Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) and Oral History Archive. Gerry Kelly said 'substantial changes are needed to get back to what was agreed, particularly around maximum disclosure for families. It is clear from reading this document that the focus of the British government appears to remain on hiding the truth rather than on full disclosure.'

It was reported that the UDA had made a statement saying they 'wouldn't be leaving'. Sinn Féin responded angrily. 'Their silence today on the continued existence of the UDA is deafening. This is the same UDA which murdered Brian McIlhagga earlier this year and which has continued its involvement in pipe bombings, intimidation, arson, drug dealing and extortion over the past number of years. This is the same organisation which nailed a man’s hands to a table in July. This is the same UDA whose political wing unionism stood shoulder to shoulder with in an effort to force an Orange march through a nationalist community.'

7th After Theresa Villiers said that devolution was at risk, Martin McGuinness warned that public benefits would not last long if direct rule was brought in.

A small bomb was found during an alert in east Belfast.

8th It was reported that UKIP MLA David McNarry and Tony Blair's former chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, were involved in an initiative exploring how loyalist paramilitary groups might eventually disband.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was asked to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into compensation for Libyan-sponsored IRA violence.

The DUP's Edwin Poots defended comments he made about how his party had to hold their noses while doing business with Sinn Féin, because of the 'stench that still rises' from 'the activities of the IRA over 25 years, the murders that took place'.

9th A security alert occurred at a venue booked to host a PSNI recruitment event the following day. It was later confirmed that a bomb had been found. The event was cancelled.

10th Robert Day was accused of IRA membership in Dublin.

11th The SDLP opposed a bill that set out legislation with dealing with the legacy of the Troubles. Alex Attwood said it was 'a deliberate attempt to ensure that people don't get the access to information and truth that is at the heart of dealing with the past'.

Jeremy Corbyn was once again accused of 'close links' with the IRA.

Adrian Crevan Mackin, a republican awaiting trial for IRA membership, shot dead a police officer who had responded to reports of a domestic disturbance in Omeath, Co. Louth. Gerry Adams later commented that the killer would have had no support from most republicans.

13th Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's former chief of staff, said that loyalists had been 'left behind' after the Good Friday Agreement.

A man was accused over possession of a list of names of PSNI members 'likely to be of use to terrorists'.

14th John Allen, whose son was murdered by the UVF in 2003, expressed doubts about a new loyalist community council. He said the 'vast majority of people think this is all about money'.

15th A bomb was found in Linden Gardens, Belfast. It was later said that the car might have fallen from a car driven by someone connected to the armed forces.

Ciaran Anthony Boyle and Anthony Michael Lancaster were given suspended sentences for their part of in Easter rally held by the 32CSM in 2012.

16th A security alert occurred in Killylea, Co. Armagh.

A 'military-style hand grenade' was thrown at police in the Short Strand area.

17th A security alert occurred at Strules Arts Centre, Omagh.

Around 200 youths rioted and attacked police in Twinbrook, west Belfast.

18th The PSNI arrested a man in Newry in connection with republican paramilitary activity.

19th Another man was arrested over the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

After a man was shot in the leg in north Belfast, police arrested one suspect.

20th A British government assessment of paramilitary groups in the North stated that the IRA Army Council still existed, but was purely political.

After the report's publication, the DUP's ministers resumed their posts.

A fresh assessment into the PIRA was also published in the Republic. Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said 'there is a common assessment [with the British report] of the reality of the security threat posed by PIRA'.

21st It was reported that Stakeknife, the British army's highest ranking agent within the IRA, was to be questioned over 24 murders.

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt compared the first Stormont talks after the publication of the government report on paramilitaries to Fawlty Towers, with no one 'mentioning the war'.

22nd Three relatives of republican Colin Duffy were acquitted of conspiracy to murder police officers.

The Lord Chief Justice for Northern Ireland, Sir Declan Morgan, laid out plans to have 54 legacy cases relating to the Trouble tried by judges.

Rev Kingsley Sutton of the Church of Ireland resigned after taking down British Legion flags from two churches. He had been attempting to 'provide worship areas in Newry that are more accessible to all people', free from 'vestiges of the past'.

23rd Incendiary devices were put under two cars in Banbridge, and one was set alight at three in the morning.

Windows were broken at a house in Holywood. The resident said he believed he had been targetted by loyalist paramilitaries because he was a Catholic.

24th Two pigs heads with racist slogans were found outside a disused church in Belfast.

Mike Nesbitt of the UUP said that Sinn Féin had to 'get real' about the existence of the IRA. Its denials had 'worn a hole in the fabric of devolution'.

25th The Belfast Telegraph reported that 'IRA smugglers' were burning toxic waste along the Border.

26th It was reported that loyalist communities would be invited to join in with events commemorating the centenary of the Easter Rising.

27th It was reported that the exhumed body of Joseph Murphy, victim of the Ballymurphy massacre, had been exhumed and a second bullet had been found. His daughter had claimed that British soldiers had shot him a second time in an open wound.

A claimant won a European Court of Human Rights case against the PSNI, who had arrested him three times over the murder of a police officer between March 2009 and May 2010, and had listened to conversations with his lawyer.

A man was charged over the 1997 attack on Coalisland RUC station.

An alert occurred on the Springfield Road in west Belfast, but nothing was found. It was later revealed that the alert was linked to a hijacked post office van.

Unionists rejected an invitation to join Easter Rising celebrations. DUP MLA Nelson McCausland accused Sinn Féin of trying to rewrite history by over-playing the role of Belfast in the Rising.

28th The Easter Rising Commemoration Committee in Belfast said it would not be welcoming unionists to its own celebrations, unlike Sinn Féin. 'We in the Easter Rising Committee would like to make it clear that we are unrepentant Irish republicans who uphold the right of those who took on the might of the British empire to do so by force of arms. We make no apologies for that.[...] We will not be inviting unionists, loyalists or any manifestation of the British state to our commemorations.'

29th Peter Robinson said talks needed to reach a deal within 10 days or 'there will be no agreement'. Meanwhile, DUP councillor Ruth Paterson said she had been shocked by her party's return to the Executive and found it difficult to take.

30th The railway line in Lurgan was closed after reports of a suspect device on the line. Police then came under attack. The device was found to be a hoax.

31st Three suspected republican paramilitaries were arrested in Limerick in the early hours of the morning.

The family of Columba McVeigh made a fresh appeal for information on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of his disappearance.

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November 2015

1st Shots were fired at a house in Newcastle

A 'crude but viable' device was found on Ainsworth Avenue in west Belfast.

2nd It was reported that Declan McGlinchey, son of former INLA Chief of Staff Dominic McGlinchey, had died suddenly. He was a republican socialist who had been questioned but not charged over the killing of Stephen Carroll in 2009.

3rd A 'crude but viable' device as made safe in west Belfast.

Irish foreign minister Charlie Flanagan said that talks at Stormont had intensified.

4th A survey showed that 13% of people in NI wanted a united Ireland in the short to medium term. In the Republic, 66% said they would like to see a united Ireland in their lifetime.

5th It was reported that businessman Peter Curistan had made a complaint to police about Peter Robinson's remarks in parliament nine years previously. Robinson had accused Curistan of being involved with 'IRA dirty money'.

The UUP gave 'active and positive consideration' to holding its own event to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Frmer IRA member Sean O'Callaghan said that Gerry Adams had been a senior member of the IRA for years, but couldn't admit it for fear of going to prison.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said she believed a political deal could be done at Stormont during the next week.

6th Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness held a private meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

It was reported that the Police Ombudsman was investigating whether a break-in at a police station in Castlereagh in 2002 was allowed to happen to protect a high ranking IRA agent.

7th A suspicious device was reported on Antrim Road in north Belfast, but nothing suspicious was found.

8th Enda Kenny said he hoped a deal would soon be reached at Stormont.

James Leatherbarrow, who suffered extensive injuries in the Ballygawley bus bombing of 1988, met the woman who saved his life.

9th Stormont rejected a call for an investigation into the Ballymurphy shootings.

It was reported that poppies were causing controversy. In Luton, England, an Irish bar had refused entry to people wearing poppies, while Ulster Rugby was criticised for an absence of poppies during one of its games.

10th A former soldier was arrested in connection with Bloody Sunday. It was also reported that a former soldier had been arrested over the 1974 shooting of John Pat Cunningham.

Peter Robinson said that 'the substance of a deal' had been reached between the DUP and Sinn Féin.

11th Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín called the singing of the British national anthem at a Remembrance Day ceremony a 'childish stunt'.

It was reported that the regime for republican prisoners would change at Maghaberry.

12th People left their homes during a security alert in Drumsurn.

The police ombudsman concluded that the police didn't fail to intervene in a sectarian attack in which Catholic Kevin McDaid was killed.

13th A controlled explosion was carried out on a 'viable device' in Drumsurn.

The DUP expressed confidence over a deal at Stormont.

A man was shot in Ardoyne.

16th Police made a commitment not to arrest any more former soldiers over the Bloody Sunday killings until a legal attempt to stop the investigation had been heard.

Three people were jailed for their part in a mob attack that resulted in a family being intimidated out of their home in Larne.

A petrol bomb was thrown at a house in Ballymena. Police said they would be treating it as a hate crime.

17th After ten weeks of talks, a deal on welfare and paramilitarism was reached at Stormont. According to the Guardian, the deal involved a commitment to 'spend tens of millions of pounds to soften the impact of local welfare cuts, direct more resources against cross-border crime on the island of Ireland and allow the regional government at Stormont to set its own low 12.5% corporation tax. There would also be a new international body to monitor the status of paramilitary organisations such as the IRA. To secure the deal, Sinn Féin agreed to the transfer of powers to Westminster on the issue of welfare.'

18th Following the previous day's agreement, the Northern Ireland Assembly voted heavily in favour of a motion to allow MPs in Westminster to implement changes to the welfare system. However, a senior police officer said, in regard to the deal, that the lack of consensus over how to deal with the past had let down the police and the families of victims.

It was reported that British soldiers arrested over Bloody Sunday would have their legal fees paid by the Ministry of Defence.

19th Peter Robinson revealed his decision to resign, as this was an appropriate time now a deal had been reached.

20th Peter Robinson demanded that documents on the legacy of the Troubles, which had been discussed at recent talks, should be published so victims' groups could read them.

21st In his final speech, Peter Robinson said that he had confidence in the stability of political process, and that he believed Northern Ireland had been transformed.

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan caused controversy by arguing that Islamic State, who had recently attacked Paris, were not terrorists. He said 'I am not comfortable with the approach by the British establishment and other countries involved in invasion and colonial activities in the past in labelling organisations terrorists'.

22nd Brian Kenna appeared in Dublin Special Court accused of IRA membership. He had been arrested in Co. Laois the previous day.

In Twinbrook, Belfast, a woman was arrested after a security alert. According to the BBC, 'the PSNI have refused to comment on a Sinn Féin claim that a significant amount of explosives and munitions were found'.

24th It was reported a team of detectives from outside the North would be investigating the activities of Stakeknife, the British army's most high-ranking agent within the IRA.

An ex-soldier interviewed about the fatal shooting of Henry Thornton said he believed he was under fire when he fired the shot. The former soldier later denied making up his version of events.

A bomb was found in Feeny after police received a warning.

25th The son of murdered IRA informer Frank Hegarty said that Martin McGuiness needed to be questioned.

Former Alliance leader Lord Alderdice criticised proposals for a new body to monitor paramilitary activity, saying it had 'much less power' than the panel he sat on.

The Police Federation said that there should be separate funding for investigating cold cases related to the Troubles, as anything else was an unfair burden on the PSNI.

It was reported that death threats had been made against Sinn Féin Councillor Stephen Magennis after he warned the public about a security alert in Twinbrook three days earlier.

AK-47 assault rifles, mortars, detonators, detonating cord and other component parts of Improvised Explosive Devices were discovered in Co. Monaghan.

26th In Bangor, around 200 people attended a rally in support of community worker Aaron McMahon. He had been attacked by a gang in front of his family, apparently in retaliation for his campaign against UDA activity in the Clandeboye area.

Shots were fired at police on Rossnareen Avenue, west Belfast. The attack was later blamed on republicans opposed to the peace process.

It was reported that the seven paratroops wanted for questioning over Bloody Sunday had asked the High Court to stop them being arrested and sent to Northern Ireland. Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas called this 'one of the most extraordinary in the annals of common law'.

A bomb was found near the village of Feeny. A police spokesman said 'this is the second security alert in the area since mid-November. Again, we have had road closures and disruption caused to a rural community. The last thing people need is the recklessness and disruption created by these incidents.'

27th The British Irish Council met in London.

28th Jim Smyth from Monaghan was arrested during investigations into republican paramilitary activity. He later appeared in court in Dublin.

It was reported that a car used in an attack on police two days previously had been found stolen from Co. Meath.

29th People had to be evacuated from their homes in the Poleglass area after a suspicious device was found. Sinn Féin condemned the alert.

30th At a pigeon club in west Belfast, two men were shot in the legs by masked men. Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey said 'I am very surprised that these two men have been shot today inside a bar where people are working, people are socialising, trying to get on with their daily lives and enjoying themselves'.

The search for Disappeared victim Joe Lynskey ended without result.

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December 2015

1st DUP MPs declared that they would be voting for air strikes against Syria. According to Nigel Dodds, 'our experience in Northern Ireland has taught us that no other approach can be brought to terrorism'. However, the SDLP opposed the air strikes, saying 'David Cameron's remarks describing those opposed to air strikes in Syria as "terrorist sympathisers" are appalling, inaccurate and offensive in the extreme'.

A conviction against the Young Conway Volunteers for playing a sectarian tune outside a Catholic church was overturned.

Armed and masked men threatened a mother and her child at their home in Belfast.

2nd Prominent republican Pearse McAuley was sentenced to twelve years in prison for an attack on his wife.

Detectives leading an inquiry into the British Military Reaction Force said they had had a breakthrough.

A petrol bomb was thrown at a house in the Short Strand, east Belfast.

Three people were arrested during an investigation into republican paramilitary activity.

3rd Two pipe bombs were found in Limerick when gardai carried out an investigation into republican paramilitary activity.

A Dublin-based inquest into the death of Disappeared victim Brendan Megraw found that he had been shot in the head.

The funeral took place of peacemaker Father Gerry Reynolds.

It was reported that a man who was already in prison, Gavin Coyle, had been charged with attempting to murder an off-duty PSNI officer in 2008.

4th Homes were evacuated during a security alert on the Crumlin Road, north Belfast. It ended without anything being found.

A threat with a 'recognised code word' caused the evacuation on a DUP office in Enniskillen.

5th Derry station was evacuated during a security alert. Nothing was found in this or another alert. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said 'those who seek to disrupt that respect or diminish the process of reconciliation in this city with bombs or bullets have betrayed the people of Derry. This is not about a divide between Catholics and Protestants, unionism and nationalism or loyalists and republicans. The only divide in this city is between those who want to blow our peace apart and those of us who will stand together to protect it.'

The Apprentice Boys held their annual parade.

A group called the Protestant Coalition held a protest against refugees in Belfast. One of the protesters was Glen Kane, a man with a previous conviction for killing a Catholic man during a riot.

8th Teenager Colin White was convicted over a racist slogan on a loyalist bonfire.

It was reported that murders linked to Stakeknife might have included state agents who had 'outlived their usefulness'.

9th A petrol bomb was thrown at a parked car in Banbridge.

10th It was reported that PSNI officers had been disciplined over a mishandled bomb response in 2014.

12th A 'viable device' was found following an alert in north Belfast.

13th The victims' commissioner Judith Thompson said talks to resolve legacy issues had to start immediately.

14th A pipe bomb was found during an alert in Newtownabbey.

15th A High Court heard that a bomb discovered near a notel in Derry had been intended for a police recruitment event.

17th Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, allegedly former chief of staff of the IRA, was found guilty of tax evasion.

It was reported that ex-soldiers involved in Bloody Sunday had won a High Court battle against being transferred to Northern Ireland for police interview.

A panel consisting of Lord Alderdice, Monica McWilliams and John McBurney was appointed to discuss a strategy to disband paramilitary groups.

18th It was reported that four police officers who had failed to avert the attack on Peader Heffron in 2010 would be disciplined.

19th A man was shot in the leg by masked men in Carrickfergus.

20th A man from Co. Louth who had been arrested two days earlier was charged in Dublin with IRA membership.

Gerry Adams spoke up on behalf of Thomas 'Slab' Murphy. He said 'all citizens have the right to be judged by a jury of their peers. It is extraordinary a case involving a failure to complete tax returns is heard before a non-jury court. Tom Murphy's rights have been denied to him.'

22nd Christopher O'Kane was given a ten-year prison sentence after admitting to involvement in IRA activities in the 1990s.

25th A man was arrested after shots were fired at a police car in north Belfast. A gun and ammunition were recovered during a search.

28th Former deputy first minister Seamus Mallon claimed Sinn Féin 'played John Hume like 3lb trout'in order to gain respectibility in the US.

29th A man from Draperstown was remanded over a hoax bomb call.

The BBC published its yearly round-up of politics in Northern Ireland.

30th Papers released by the British government showed that the Irish government had been angry over the treatment of the Birmingham Six, and a failure to prosecute over the shoot-to-kill policy.

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