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No - they have been plotting attacks on the mainland for years and they keep getting foiled.
No. Even if the dissidents could mount a 'spectacular' on the UK mainland it wouldn't affect the political process in N Ireland.
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friedgreentomato

/// No - they have been plotting attacks on the mainland for years and they keep getting foiled. ///

Any substantial proof of that?
The source for that story has been out of touch with Republican thinking for more than 20 years.
As we say here, the dogs in the street might know more about what's in the offing than he does now.
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sandyRoe

/// No. Even if the dissidents could mount a 'spectacular' on the UK mainland it wouldn't affect the political process in N Ireland.///

Not quit with you, Wasn't the Good Friday Agreement drawn up to put an end to IRA terrorists attacks?

If that is true, then surely if they stated their actions up all over again, that would see an end to the Good Friday agreement?
Of course I have and I am going to plaster it all over the internet!!!!
The Good Friday agreement was a compromise that carried most of the Republicans and most Unionists back to Stormont. Everyone knew that there would be a rump of dissidents who wouldn't like it.
To think of scrapping it now would be like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
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friedgreentomato

/// Of course I have and I am going to plaster it all over the internet!!!! ///

Sorry about that 'M', of course if you were to tell me, you would have to have me killed.
Well honestly!!!

I have lived in Northern Ireland for a long time now - no secret has ever been made that given the opportunities they would attempt a bombing on the mainland - its also no secret that they have been foiled several times already!!
You ankering for the good old days of daily sectarian murder AOG. You seem keen for the Good Friday Agreement to be derailed.

That of course won't happen. Even if dissident Republicans could do something, both sides in Northern Ireland would rightly condemn it and carry on as normal.
AOG - five minutes spent trawling the net would support fgt's remarks (though after certain comments yesterday when I wasn't online, I am surprised that I am defending her).

There are journals like Jane's Intelligence Review that make for interesting reading and not least in better understanding the situation with all the dissident groups

http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/issues/violence/paramilitary2.htm
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DTCwordfan

/// AOG - five minutes spent trawling the net would support fgt's remarks (though after certain comments yesterday when I wasn't online, I am surprised that I am defending her). ///

Thank you for that DTC, but I wasn't having a go at her, it was just a flippant answer to the rather queer answer that she gave me, more or less to say that she knew of things that she could not plaster all over the internet.

By the way how have you managed to change your username, mine still hasn't been activated?
I can only hope that fgt and sandy are right and at least the Arundel emergency has been declared a hoax
Ed is working on them, AOG; fear not, Excalibur shall arise from the lake of AOG when King Arthur Ed (or Merlin, his tecchy support) is ready.
sandyroe is spot on. Sean O'Callaghan is not a person I would put down as having any sort of inside knowledge of dissident republicans. He's basically saying that in his opinion there are a few people of a republican persuasion who would quite like a big bomb or two to mark the centenary of 1916.

Fancy that Sean.

There are even a few people who may seriously be planning that. But it doesn't sound like his ear is exactly close to the ground. More like straws in the wind.
And in the unlikely but awful event that such an atrocity did occur it wouldn't blow the peace accord off course.
Sean O'Callaghan sold out his own ideals so has about as much in common with current republican dissidents as Ian Paisely does. He would know the sum total of jack sh1t3 about anything going down. The truth of the matter is that there are not many people who want a return to the bad old days but plenty who talk a good fight and who like to imply that they have inside knowledge about the next pack of fecking idiots who want to draw attention to themselves and try to stuff things up for people who actually do want peace.
Of course there will be a lot of legitimate attention and interest in the anniversary of the easter rising with all sorts of things to mark it of a legitimate nature, there will also be some lunatics wanting to cause a ruckus, but none of it will derail the peace process, too many big players have invested very heavily in that being a success.
Pretty much anyone could have given that speech, because what he says is so flaming obvious- he knows nothing special.
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DTCwordfan

Thank you, just loved your King Arthur theme, but surely my username application hasn't got to go before the 'Round Table' for some form of vetting?
The dissident republicans in that article are the most dissident republicans I have ever seen, flying union flags really is a mark of their being out of touch with grass roots republican thinking.

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