Dissident Irish republican shot dead in Belfast

BELFAST Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:05pm EDT

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BELFAST (Reuters) - A prominent dissident Irish republican was shot dead in Northern Ireland on Friday, the latest incident in some of the highest levels of violence since a 1998 peace deal in the British province.

Northern Ireland has been largely peaceful since the "Good Friday" agreement largely ended more than three decades of sectarian violence but there are sporadic outbreaks of violence, particularly in the last 18 months.

Tommy Crossan, a leading opponent of the peace deal, was shot on Friday afternoon in west Belfast and died at the scene.

More than 3,600 people died in sectarian strife between mainly Catholic Irish nationalists, seeking union with Ireland, and predominantly Protestant unionists who want to remain part of the United Kingdom.

The peace has remained largely unbroken but the province suffers regular tensions between the communities and small groups of dissidents opposed to the agreement still commit sporadic acts of violence.

(Reporting by Maurice Neill; Editing by Sam Cage)

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Yesyes wrote:
This is a funny article. Its opening paragraph gives the impression that there has been some sort of explosion of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland recently, when the reality is things have never been better, despite the efforts of some extremist groups to wreck things. Whoever Reuters recruits to edit these articles clearly lacks any understanding of what groups like the CIRA, RIRA, UDA etc really stand for, which is organised crime. The only places they have any support is in socially deprived areas where they can count on the “angry young man” demographic and their main activities are the drug trade and armed robbery. Tommy Crossan was most likely killed by somebody in his own organisation as part of an internal turf war. To frame this in the context of a wider sectarian conflict only shows the editor’s complete ignorance of the situation. The third paragraph is the only relevant point in the article.

Apr 18, 2014 6:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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