Army bomb disposal experts have moved to defuse a small bomb, or IED, in NOrthern Ireland. Recent fears that a new wave of violence could break out are a serious concern, even though the majority of people appear committed to living in harmony.
It has been described as being a small bomb and was successfully defused by brave army explosives experts outside Newry, Co Down. The device was live and the Police have just confirmed that the IED device discovered was close to a roundabout, located on the main Belfast to Dublin road, and likely to of been under surveillance, and used to take out a viable target. The security situation in Northern Ireland should be of the upmost concern and the Newry IED bomb is a wake up call. Now the Scottish have their independence vote, Northern Ireland and Wales could now follow. This could cause a breakaway zone in Northern Ireland to be declared by the Catholics.
The security alert coming at the bank holiday weekend has caused major traffic disruption. Dissident republicans who are opposed to the peace process, and fighting for a free Ireland are thought to of planted the bomb. The Ulster Unionist MLA for Newry and Armagh Danny Kennedy has spoken out against those looking to cause violence, fear, and death. He has claimed that dissident republicans are deliberately trying to heighten the sectarian tensions, which are always high over Easter. This is when republicans on all sides will be taking part in rallies, designed to commemorate the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Mr Kennedy believed that there are sinister and evil people who will be intent on creating havoc amongst the community. He fears there is a small growing section of hate-filled republicans who are committed to a path of war, and they will continue to seek to destroy lives. Hopefully peace talks can be resumed, though the long term solution for peace and stability needs working on.