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# The Troubles

This week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Tánaiste says govt giving ‘serious consideration’ to taking action over controversial Legacy Bill
The Bill includes a limited form of immunity from prosecution for Troubles-related offences and will halt future civil cases and legacy inquests.
Last week
19th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Troubles Legacy Act has retraumatised victims, legal challenge hears
Belfast High Court is hearing a legal challenge to the British government’s new laws to deal with the legacy of the Troubles.
Last month
November 2023
Wreath for the Disappeared to be laid at Stormont during 17th annual All Souls Day event
Families will lay a black wreath with five white lilies representing the final five people who have yet to be found.
This year
Tory conference hears British soldiers were 'dragged back to Belfast' and 'hounded to death'
Johnny Mercer praised the controversial Legacy Act, which includes a form of immunity from prosecution for Troubles-related offences.
Soldier B - accused of killing teenager Daniel Hegarty in 1972 - has died
15-year-old Daniel Hegarty was shot twice in the head in the early hours of 31 July 1972.
Some Troubles victims' families received as little as £43 for funerals
The report said there were vast discrepancies in payments to victims killed in the same incidents.
Tánaiste to raise UK Troubles Legacy Bill with Irish American political leaders while in US
Martin said that he has sought legal advice on the situation regarding the bill.
Six families launch High Court challenge over Troubles Legacy Bill
Each family had relatives killed during the Troubles.
Taoiseach appeals to UK government to not enact Troubles Legacy Bill as govt mulls legal action
Speaking today, Varadkar said: ‘It’s not a small thing for one state to take a case against another state, but this is a serious situation.’
Families of Troubles victims say passing of Legacy Bill is 'disturbing' and 'upsetting'
MPs yesterday rejected a Lords’ amendment to the Bill, which is now on the verge of becoming law.
House of Lords votes to amend controversial Troubles legacy Bill as UK govt urged to scrap it
Victims campaigner Raymond McCord said the Lords vote was an “embarrassment” to the Conservative government.
Victims’ images projected on Parliament as UK Government urged to scrap Troubles legacy Bill
The controversial legislation is set to return to the UK Parliament this week.
Judge quashes disciplinary decisions against PSNI officers following Sean Graham memorial arrest
Mr Justice Scoffield said action was taken to allay any threat of Sinn Féin abandoning support for the PSNI.
Work of new Troubles legacy body will be ‘led by the wishes of victims’, says commission chair
Declan Morgan, who will head the commission, said there may be the possibility that the commission would be able to recommend prosecutions for Troubles offences.
Military hearsay statements can be used in Soldier F's Bloody Sunday trial, judge rules
Former paratrooper Soldier F is accused of murdering James Wray and William McKinney in 1972.
Looking back at the Drumcree dispute 25 years on, as the DUP attempts to reignite debate
The Drumcree Dispute brought violence and horror on Northern Ireland for years that ultimately resulted in the death of three young boys.
Underappreciated albums and harrowing histories: 4 Irish podcasts to subscribe to this summer
A guide to some of the great podcasts being produced in Ireland covering a range of fascinating topics.
British Government refuse to pause NI legacy Bill despite opposition from victims groups
British minister Jonathan Caine defended the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill.
PSNI apologises to Hooded Men, says their treatment 'would be characterised today as torture'
The ‘Hooded Men’ were detained and subjected to extreme interrogation methods in 1971.
In 2015, the UK Supreme Court found a decision by the PSNI to discontinue their investigation into the allegations of torture against the ‘Hooded Men’ to be unlawful.
Former Hooded Men Liam Shannon and Jim Auld described the apology from police as “too little too late”.
'Absolutely horrendous': Woman who witnessed father being shot by IRA denied Troubles' scheme
Jeanitta McCabe witnessed her father being shot multiple times in her family home in 1990, but this has not been deemed a ‘Troubles-related incident’.
Wreath laying takes place to mark 49th anniversary of Dublin-Monaghan bombings
35 people were killed by four no-warning bombs in 1974.
UVF provides report to family of John Crawford, who the group killed almost 50 years ago
Paul Crawford said there had been “good will, honesty and integrity” shown across the process, and received “full answers”.
Events marking 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement take place across island of Ireland
Victims of the Troubles gathered in Co Down to watch the sunrise this morning.
Political figures involved in the negotiations 25 years ago gathered for a commemorative event at Stormont today
Communities in the North are marking the anniversary with reflective events
Brian Rowan: The magic of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 was how a firm 'no' became 'yes'
25 years on, leading Republican and Loyalist agree North is still waiting for 'peace dividend'
Amnesty International calls for Irish Government to ‘put a marker down’ over UK’s legacy Bill
The legislation proposes offering immunity for people accused of crimes during the Troubles – as long as they co-operate with a new truth recovery body.
Kingsmill Troubles inquest ‘a painful and frustrating process for victims’ families’
The long-running proceedings heard final submissions today.
'We didn't want a pound of flesh': Aidan McAnespie's brother critical of sentence for David Holden
David Jonathan Holden, 53, was sentenced to three years at Belfast Crown Court this afternoon.
Last year
State Papers 1999: Mo Mowlam told Alec Reid she was 'f****d' if paramilitary killings continued
The late former NI Secretary of State was speaking as the decommissioning impasse rolled on.
Families of Disappeared brave rain for walk in memory of loved ones
Relatives gathered together under umbrellas to say prayers, led by priest Father Joe Gormley.
Troubles victims’ group calls Legacy Bill 'the biggest abuse of human rights in UK history'
The Legacy Bill would see a form of immunity offered to those who agree to co-operate with a new truth recovery body.
Halted prosecution of Soldier F over Bloody Sunday murders to resume
Prosecutors last year announced they were discontinuing the proceedings.
UK police arrest man at airport in connection with IRA's 1996 Manchester bomb
Greater Manchester Police have said that the man was arrested yesterday at Birmingham Airport.
Service to mark 50 years since Claudy bombing in Northern Ireland
Nine people were killed and 30 injured when three car bombs exploded on July 31 1972.
'Utterly shameful' Troubles legacy legislation clears the House of Commons
MPs voted 282 to 217 to give the Northern Ireland Troubles Bill a third reading.
Name of baby Martha O'Neill added to Dublin and Monaghan bombings memorial on Talbot St
Baby Martha O’Neill was stillborn three months after the bombings on 17 May 1974.
Ballymurphy Massacre: Families receive 'significant damages' in court case against UK government
Ten people, including a mother of eight and a Catholic priest, were killed in the British Army shootings.
Coveney has 'serious concerns' around new Troubles amnesty legislation
The proposals are almost universally opposed by political parties across the UK and Ireland as well as victims’ groups.
UK Government set to bring forward Troubles legacy proposals
It comes the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Northern Ireland in a bid to restore power-sharing.
Tweaked Troubles amnesty plan met with opposition
Under UK Government proposals, immunity for Troubles-related crime will depend on co-operation with an information retrieval body.
Journalists Vincent Browne and Henry Kelly urged to help Belfast Troubles inquest
Browne has said he was “totally unaware” of any efforts made by a Belfast coroner to contact him in relation to the inquest.
Judge quashes decision not to proceed with Soldier F Bloody Sunday prosecution
Bloody Sunday families had challenged a number of decisions not to prosecute taken by the PPS.