Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh will embark on a historic four-day visit of Ireland this week and will be in Dublin tomorrow. While many citizens of Ireland welcome the British monarch, the visit is not popular with the dissident republican groups who want Britain out of Ireland.
The security for this event will be massive and ordinary tourists may want to avoid anywhere the Royal Couple will be traveling in Ireland over the remainder of this week.
See this article in the U.K.’s Independent for more details.
Well, it took just two days for a splinter group of the IRA to cause more trouble for Northern Ireland. A police officer responding to a call in Craigavon, County Armagh was shot through the rear window of his car as he arrived to provide help to a woman who had called for assistance. He died of his injuries and the killing was claimed by the Continuity IRA. For more information, including a map of the location, see this article by the BBC.
The IRA splinter groups are unhappy with the progress of the Peace Process and seem intent on causing more trouble in the future. Visitors to Northern Ireland should exercise caution.
Northern Ireland has seen a re-emergence of violence over the weekend, which may be a new phase of “The Troubles”. Solidiers accepting a pizza delivery and the lads delivering the pizza to the Massereene barracks near Antrim, Northern Ireland (northwest of Belfast) were attacked by gunmen firing automated weapons. Two solidiers were killed, while the delivery personnel and two soldiers were wounded. It was reported that the solidiers who died, had been wounded were then executed by a second shooter as they lay incapacitated.
Apparenly the attack was claimed by the “Real” Ira, a group that separated from the IRA, when the main group decided to support the Easter Sunday Peace Initiative, several years ago.
Anyone considering travel in Northern Ireland should pay close attention to this situation, as it has a nasty habit of involving innocent bystanders.
See the BBC Website for more details on the attack and its probable background.