Is this a sign of things to come in Ireland?

  Cymro. 12:13 20 Jan 2019

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I very much hope this is not a sign of things to come and a return to the days of violence in Northern Ireland. It must be taken as a warning of what may happen if Westminster get's it all wrong regarding thge U.K. pulling out of the E.U.

  Forum Editor 12:38 20 Jan 2019

"....It must be taken as a warning of what may happen if Westminster get's it all wrong"

This incident has been roundly condemned - the SDLP leader says that the people behind it ""represent no-one", and the DUP has referred to it as a "disgraceful act of terrorism".

Setting off bombs which endanger the lives of Irish citizens is hardly the way to go about achieving a United Ireland, but then the New IRA believes it is - their aim is to end British rule in NI by the use of violence.

They don't seem to understand that it's the worst possible means to such an end.

  rickf 13:32 20 Jan 2019

This incident has been roundly condemned - the SDLP leader says that the people behind it ""represent no-one", and the DUP has referred to it as a "disgraceful act of terrorism". Perhaps this is not the point. It does ,however, indicate what some people would make of uncertain times.

  john bunyan 13:57 20 Jan 2019

The SDLP only have one MP vs Sinn Fien with 7 , so it is Sinn Fien views that matter. There are former IRA folk in newly formed offshoots who remain active, not only in NI , but also In Eire, where in some areas there is still hostile views about U.K.

These people will use a hard border as an excuse to resume activities.

  MJS WARLORD 14:09 20 Jan 2019

Brexit ( sorry for mentioning that word again ) has thrown up an odd can of worms in Ireland . A life long friend lives near the north/south border , going down a certain main road to her house you travel in/out of north/south many times. The only clue to which side of the border you are on is the road signs one minute mph next minute kph. Question ! if borders were re-introduced would this stretch of road have north/south border stops again just like many years ago .

  Quickbeam 19:52 20 Jan 2019

Well it should certainly now prove to those (Boris for one) that consider that the Irish backstop is just an inconvenient red herring of the withdrawal deal that can easily be cast aside.

There still is, and always has been an active under the paving stones element of seething Irish Nationalism that is just looking for the slightest reason to declare the Good Friday Agreement null and void and claim that the British government was wholly responsible for it's demise.

Or maybe they were just issuing a subtle (subtle for NI) Scarborough warning of what was just a daily occurrence only 20 years ago, and was intended to focus the minds of the shambolic Westminster bunch to get their act together...

  Quickbeam 19:59 20 Jan 2019

Do we have any Irish or Northern Irish members on here?

What is the feeling on the street of this bombing?

  Quickbeam 20:05 20 Jan 2019

...it should read 'not just' in that first paragraph.

  Quickbeam 22:37 20 Jan 2019

Plan B is apparently going to be a rewriting of the Good Friday Agreement.

Within two months...?

  oresome 17:19 21 Jan 2019

There hasn't been a functioning government in N.Ireland for some time. I don't think it's a coincidence that troubles are brewing again.

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