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IRA firebomb damages Northern Ireland hotel


By SHAWN POGATCHNIK
Associated Press

DUBLIN (AP) -- A firebomb detonated Friday in a hotel lobby in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry, but police said a swift midnight evacuation ensured that nobody was injured.

The incendiary device detonated inside the Everglades Hotel in Northern Ireland's second-largest city. Witnesses said a masked man tossed a bag beside the hotel's reception desk, said he was from the Irish Republican Army, and warned that a bomb inside the bag would explode in 30 minutes.

"Someone set off the fire alarm and I called the police," said Gary Rutherford, who had just dropped off relatives at the hotel. "It was quite confusing at the time for most of the guests because they were in bed. It was mayhem."

As British Army experts were deploying a remote-controlled robot to examine the bomb, it exploded and sent flames cascading throughout the evacuated lobby. Nobody was injured.

Politicians and Northern Ireland's future police commander, George Hamilton, said they had no doubt that IRA hard-liners opposed to compromise in the British territory were responsible. Analysts noted that the hotel last week hosted a police recruitment drive for more applicants from the city's mostly Catholic population, a peacemaking goal bitterly opposed by IRA activists.

Hamilton, a regional police commander who was selected Thursday to become the force's chief constable in September, told reporters that remnants of the IRA want to shatter Northern Ireland's peace and economy and "don't actually care about this place or about the citizens."

Most IRA members renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 after failing to force Northern Ireland out of the United Kingdom. Breakaway factions still commit shootings and bombings in hopes of undermining Northern Ireland's unity government of British Protestants and Irish Catholics, the central achievement of a 1998 peace accord, as well as the recruitment of Catholics to the province's previously Protestant-dominated police force.

IRA splinter groups remain particularly active in the Catholic west side of Londonderry, which borders the Republic of Ireland. The Everglades Hotel is on the outskirts of Londonderry's predominantly Protestant east side.

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RJ McReady May 30 2014 at 12:05 PM

The Church has nothing to do with it. The Irish are Catholic (minority) and the Protestant are descended from the people Oliver Cromwell put there when he was sent to remove the Irish and replace them with English who were loyal to the crown. He got as far as the Border of N. Ireland and the Republic. Its Nationalism or Tribal with Religion being a symptom, not the cause. Its a pity regardless.

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darrthom May 30 2014 at 11:31 AM

Northern Ireland chose to stay in the British Commonwealth. That was done by election. It's the Irish catholics that refuse to accept the wil of the majority. But then, since when did the Roman Catholic church ever accept any ruling other than a Pope's? For centuries they used violence to force their beliefs on others. (The crusades, the Spanish Inquisitions, etc.

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cayce58 May 30 2014 at 12:13 PM

Divide the population and keep the hate going. Force people to pick sides. This is not about the church this is about a political goal.

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orion15stars cayce58 May 30 2014 at 2:04 PM

The Brit imperialists set it in bloody chair react motion just all humans never fail to do. Proving once again nature's third law of motion never fails to work..

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Walt cayce58 May 30 2014 at 2:30 PM

SOUNDS LIKE OUR REPUBLICANS OR, AND TEAPARTY PEOPLE, HATE IS THE KEY WORD, THEY HAVE BAIN WASHED THE SIMPLE, WHICH IS ALWAYS EASY TO DO. CHURCHES HAVE MASTERED IT FOR 1800 YEARS.

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turqea.blue May 30 2014 at 11:56 AM

OMG,are we back to this again!

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PERFORATOR turqea.blue May 31 2014 at 4:57 AM

Yes, this stuff practically ceased to exist when President Bush announced that we would pursue terrorists regardless of time or place, but they know that times have changed and have no fear of the weakling currently in office.

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mahrmach May 30 2014 at 11:42 AM

I guess they were feeling left out with all the muslim haterd and murder in the news the last few years.

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blueeyessing May 30 2014 at 1:06 PM

The IRA is still at it after all these years? At least Obama has kept us out of the war in Ireland.

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orion15stars blueeyessing May 30 2014 at 2:06 PM

Try living like the Irish are forced do and see what you would do.

Obama and every other US president had best stay out of what concerns the Brits and Irish only.

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Shu Shu blueeyessing May 30 2014 at 5:33 PM

for now wait he will get us involved in that also.

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chuck May 30 2014 at 1:54 PM

whats wrong with you idots?

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PACRIMCO chuck May 30 2014 at 5:04 PM

Nothng!

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Purple Shell May 30 2014 at 5:38 PM

The IRA needs to get a grip. What is, is. The situation is not going to change. It was stupid of them in the beginning to not give all of Ireland it's independence. Since the majority of people voted to stay with England, the rest need to live with it or else move to the other Ireland. Murder never accoplishes a thing. It only brings on more hatred for the IRA.

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orion15stars Purple Shell May 30 2014 at 8:03 PM

Then try living under tyrannical Brit oppression see how long you last before striking back.

Was is stupid for the North American colonists to drive out the Brits as well?

The majority of Irish people did not vote for staying with the Brits. Learn validated Irish history, and stop playing PR damage control for the Brit monarchy. In 1918, in the all-Ireland vote, the Brits were voted out by around an 80% majority. The Scot loyalist planted Elizabeth I voted against.. For the vote, the Brits sent in the death squads of the Black and Tans primarily turned out of prisons, and were let loose on the Irish people. That is how Ireland was illegally gerrymandered just like India by the Brits.

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cjtoy7 May 30 2014 at 3:35 PM

this kind of crap makes me ashamed to be irish...........you simple minded bastards are getting as bad as the sand niggers

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dorc792 cjtoy7 May 31 2014 at 2:38 AM

husaain obama ....irish roots?....

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jjcthebd dorc792 May 31 2014 at 2:59 AM

Hey, Obama is IRISH, No kidding - Google Obama and Moneygall Ireland, you won't believe it!

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renner1234 May 30 2014 at 1:40 PM

Just as nuts as the Muslium Terrorist.

When are they going to grow up?

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