Dissident stirrings sharpen Ford’s focus as minister

If anyone wondered what dissident republicans thought of the appointment of a justice minister in the North last week, they quickly got an answer.

17th April, 2010

If anyone wondered what dissident republicans thought of the appointment of a justice minister in the North last week, they quickly got an answer. Just 24 minutes after the doors opened at the Northern Ireland Justice Department for the first time since 1972, the Real IRA attempted to blow up the regional headquarters of MI5 in Holywood, Co Down. As one security observer put it: ‘‘They mean business.”

The dissidents’ anger is not directed...

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