Newry customs bombing: three Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) members walked into a customs office Newry with a bomb. But in Derry you'll just as easily run into them shopping at a supermarket. Police say Thomas Ashe Mellon and Fergal Melaugh are prominent members of the New IRA. The IRA members involved in Patsy’s murder and mass murder generally have settled into bourgeois businesses and landlordship in Derry warmly supported and admired by locals. An intensive search recovered the attackers' van at Glendara Park but failed to round up any suspects. The Derry Brigade was organised in three different levels. There is no campaign by conscientious Derry citizens to boycott the businesses of IRA members who engaged in mass murder of their fellow civilians over 30 years. Several other RUC officers were injured. The lower layer was the Command Staff, which includes the quarter-master, the engineering department, the financial department and internal affairs, the latter to deal with informers. But in Derry you'll just as easily run into them shopping at a supermarket. Two teenage IRA members killed by their own bomb in Derry 40 years ago today will be remembered at commemoration ceremony being held in the city tonight. On 12 th August 1969 Derry City exploded into violence and running battles that would eventually become known as the Battle of The Bogside after the Annual Relief of the City Parade held by the Apprentice Boys. During the time the unit was active it was not a part any larger Republican paramilitary like the Official IRA, Provisional IRA, or the INLA known as the People's Liberation Army (PLA) from 1974 - 1976. All of those arrested were Irish nationalists, the majority of them Catholic. With the outbreak of the Troubles, the three found themselves among the most senior IRA members in Derry. Seven suspected members of an IRA splinter group have been charged with terrorism following police raids last week. For earlier groups such as the, The Official Irish Republican Army & Post-Independence: 1922-present. IRA members arrested across Ireland. The Belfast and Derry IRA For various reasons, including some difficulties with infiltration in Belfast, the IRA altered its units in Belfast and Derry city into smaller cells by the mid-1970s. Dangerous remnant of darker days The Belfast-based New IRA — with members across the UK and Ireland — is now seen as the most dangerous dissident republican faction. The second vehicle in the patrol was completely destroyed. 11 June 1997: an undercover British Army unit on a stationary van received small arms fire from IRA volunteers riding on another van on Foyle Road in Derry. The Derry Brigade was one of the most active groups in the IRA.[2]. The IRA rejected claims that the killing was sectarian, stating: "The man's religion is of no interest to us. The South Derry Independent Republican Unit can refer to two Irish Republican guerrilla units who operated at two different times in the Northern Irish Troubles .The first operated from c.1973 1978 and included members such as Dominic McGlinchey 28 January 1990: a civilian (Charles Love) was killed when he was hit by debris when an IRA bomb exploded on Derry's walls during a march to commemorate Bloody Sunday. Aiken was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1923 and would remain in politics until 1973. The highest position was occupied by the Brigade's officer commanding, the top IRA ranking in the city. In July of 2005, McDowell expressed his belief that Adams, McGuinness and Ferris had recently vacated their positions on the council. The New Irish Republican Army (New IRA) is a republican paramilitary group that formed in 2012. 20 April 1994: an RUC officer was killed when the IRA fired a horizontal mortar at a British Army/RUC mobile patrol in the Waterside area of Derry. Two Saoradh activists from Londonderry are also in the leadership of the New IRA in the city, security sources have told BBC Spotlight. 1920. Love was a member of. This article is about members of the Irish Republican Army since 1916/1917. "Four To Be Hanged For Irish Ambush; Fifth Prisoner Convicted by Court-Martial Gets Life Sentence on Account of His Age". In prison, Bettaney became close to IRA prisoners and revealed that the British had a highly-placed spy in Derry close to McGuinness. By Patrick Concannon. ... occurring just days after it held an armed show of strength in the city of Derry. A Real IRA slogan painted on a wall in Derry. The Brigade strength was … This rioting lasted for three days and is widely seen as the start of the Troubles or Northern Ireland conflict.. … The biggest threat to the peace process occurred in 1997, when senior IRA members, led by the quarter-master general, Mickey McKevitt, resigned from the Provisionals and formed the Real IRA. In 2019, many former members of Oglaigh na hEireannalso joined the New IRA. The new Biden/ Harris administration will provide a moment of relief, hope and opportunity for people across the world but particularly in Ireland, Foyle MP Colum Eastwood has said. Eamon Sweeney ([email protected]) writing for the Derry Journal examines a Derry dimension of the IRA pension in the 1930s. PIRA: The Troubles: August 29 Assassination 1 0 Vizcaya, Spain Eloy García Cambra a municipal police with family were shot dead by ETA militants in bus station. That other old self-confessed IRA gunman from the 1970s, Raymond McCartney, who stands accused of informing on his fellow IRA members after his first arrest – see here – claimed to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry that within a matter of weeks of his joining the IRA as a very junior volunteer after Bloody Sunday he knew the entire command staff of the Derry Brigade of the IRA – but was refusing to … Credit: PA The group's roots can be traced back to the mid-1990s when the Real IRA split after disagreements over a ceasefire. [1], The Command Staff, through their Officer Commanders, operated active service units in the four republican strongholds of the city: Bogside/Brandywell district, Creggan, Waterside and Shantallow. THE suspected leader of the New IRA in Derry and two other dissident republicans are to appear in court today on notification breaches. [1] The Brigade strength was around 50 active members. The lower layer was the Command Staff, which includes the quarter-master, the engineering department, the financial department and internal affairs, the latter to deal with informers. This is a list of members of the Irish Republican Army. New IRA chief Thomas Mellon has been accused of ordering two shootings in Derry in an effort to quell a revolt against his leadership. The SDIRU was active from 1973 up until 1976 when the unit merged with the Provisional IRA's South Derry brigade. 23 January 1993: an RUC officer was shot and killed while on a foot patrol at Shipquay Street, Derry. [238] The rules about claiming the pension changed regularly; Questions centred on the ‘loyalties’ of the Derry Battalion during the Civil War; Peadar O’Donnell was in charge in Derry and Donegal ; It is very … Her older… Because of the withdrawal of the police from nationalist areas in 1969, the rushed implementation of Operation Demetrius and flawed … Thomas Ashe Mellon (44), of Rathmore Road in the city is due before Derry Magistrates’ Court for a first appearance this morning to face a total of three charges. • Frank Aiken (1898–1983), a founding member of Fianna Fáil; commanded the Fourth Northern Division of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) during the War of Independence. It exploded prematurely, killing all of them, two lorry drivers and four customs staff. The Derry Brigade of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) operated in the city of Derry, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles. 14 December 1993: two soldiers were wounded by a trip wire bomb blast in a fence at a railway bordering. The security forces described his death as a "freak accident" as he was a quarter of a mile from the bomb, which was targeting security forces. The Real IRA went on to carry out … The group resulted from the merger of the Real Irish Republican Army, Republican Action Against Drugs, and several smaller dissident republican groups. A small IRA battalion existed in Derry since the Troubles began,[citation needed] but it never had a steady number of volunteers until Bloody Sunday, which saw an influx of new recruits. David Russell (18), a Protestant, and Gerard Craig (17), both from the Shantallow area, died when a bomb intended for the Superfare store on Greenhaw Road exploded prematurely while they were carrying it the supermarket’s car park on the … While the SDIRU was active it carried out ambushes & sniper attacks on British Army patrols … THE director of the Pat Finucane Centre Paul O’Connor has denied that he was present when a teenage IRA member was shot and fatally wounded in Derry in 1971. At that time, they were all reporting to a well-known IRA Commander in Derry, nicknamed “Ducksie”. This page was last edited on 10 December 2020, at 12:50. 8 March 1989: two British soldiers were killed and six others badly wounded when their vehicle struck a massive IRA landmine on the Buncrana Road in Derry. No injuries were reported, but 30 families were evacuated from the area as army technical experts performed forensic examinations on the abandoned vehicle. Like most republican groups, the New IRA’s primary goals are to oppose the non … The highest position was occupied by the Brigade's officer commanding, the top IRA ranking in the city. A medal was struck by former IRA members to commemorate those who were part of the organisation in Derry between 1969 and 1972. 23 May 1994: an IRA team used a motor boat stolen from Foyle Search and Rescue to cross. The Derry Brigade was organised in three different levels. Beneath him was the ten-men Derry Brigade Command, made of experienced IRA volunteers, among them one or two prominent Sinn Féin politicians. The Provisional IRA continued its campaign of violence in the city, and the Irish National Liberation Army, a group formed of disaffected members of the Official IRA formed in 1974 a few months after the officials called off their armed campaign, made a big presence in Derry. Despite previous warnings he continued to work for the UDR, and that was the reason he was targeted.". Memorial to members of the IRA's Derry Brigade The IRA was responsible for more deaths than any other organisation during the Troubles. Police say Thomas Ashe Mellon and Fergal Melaugh are prominent members of the New IRA. M ellon - who is on a 10-year MI5 terror watch-list - is … Beneath him was the ten-men Derry Brigade Command, made of experienced IRA volunteers, among them one or two prominent Sinn Féinpoliticians. 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The New IRA was established in 2012 when members of the Real IRA, Republican Action Against Drugs and a number of independent republicans came together. This list includes members of the Provisional IRA as well as subsequent splinter groups including the Continuity IRA and the Real IRA. It is broken down in sub-lists of various organisations known as the IRA. Soldiers launched dawn raids throughout Northern Ireland on 9 August 1971, sparking four days of violence in which 20 civilians, two IRA members and two British soldiers were killed. A man walks past graffiti that has been amended to read “IRA are done” in the Creggan area of Derry in Northern Ireland on April 20, 2019 close to where Lyra McKee was shot. IRA members in Derry in what is now Creggan. Martina Anderson joined the IRA in 1979 with a number of other teenage girls, initially hanging around in a small unit of older men some of whom – friends of mine - had already served prison sentences. The Derry Brigade also known as the South Derry Brigade of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) operated in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles. It was one of the IRA's most active brigades, and an estimated 2% of the city's 50,000 Catholic population was imprisoned for IRA activities between 1971 and 1986.citation needed 17% of all British military fatalities in the conflict … According to McDowell, Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness were all members of the IRA Army Council. 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