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2010-06-15 00:45:23

New research from Queen's University Belfast shows the number of paramilitary flags now flown on arterial routes in Northern Ireland during July has more than halved. The figure is down from 161 flags in 2006 to 73 in 2009. The largest proportion of those that were flying in July 2009 belonged to the UVF. The research is contained in a new report Public Displays of Flags and Emblems in Northern Ireland published by the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's. The study is funded by the Office...

2005-11-16 08:20:00

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - Change in Northern Ireland may be so slow it appears imperceptible, but the writing is on the wall for one of the most negative of its cultural traditions -- murals glorifying paramilitary violence. Often covering entire side walls of buildings, they are a common sight in working class areas of large towns, acting as a territorial marker, badge of victory or mark of sorrow in a country still deeply divided along religious and national lines. However,...

2005-10-30 18:45:05

By Kevin Smith BELFAST (Reuters) - A pro-British paramilitary group in Northern Ireland said on Sunday it had ordered its armed units to stand down after rival guerrillas opposed to British rule scrapped their weapons earlier this year. In a statement, the outlawed Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) said the move was in response to the Irish Republican Army's (IRA) decision to give up the weapons that had sustained its campaign against British rule in the divided province. The IRA's...

2005-10-30 15:46:57

BELFAST (Reuters) - A murderous feud between rival Protestant paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland which claimed four lives over the past four months has ended, a statement from negotiators said on Sunday. The feud was called off after a week of talks between the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the rival Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) brokered by a group of community and church activists in Belfast. "Those initiating the process had the encouragement of many within political and...

2005-10-05 04:15:01

(Corrects headline and first paragraph to read former paramilitary Protestant leader instead of former Protestant leader - inserting dropped word) By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a former leader in Northern Ireland's largest Protestant paramilitary group on Tuesday, the most high-profile victim of a spate of violence among armed Protestant factions in the province. Jim Gray, who survived an assassination attempt in 2002 and was ousted from the Ulster Defense...

2005-10-05 04:18:13

By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a former leader in Northern Ireland's largest Protestant paramilitary group on Tuesday, the most high-profile victim of a spate of violence among armed Protestant factions in the province. Jim Gray, who survived an assassination attempt in 2002 and was ousted from the Ulster Defense Association in March, was killed outside his home in Belfast, said sources among the armed factions. Police declined to give any details. Tensions are...

2005-10-04 20:29:56

By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a former leader in Northern Ireland's largest Protestant guerrilla group on Tuesday, the most high-profile victim of a spate of violence among armed Protestant factions in the British province. Jim Gray, who survived an assassination attempt in 2002 and was ousted from the Ulster Defense Association (UDA) in March, was killed outside his home in Belfast, said sources among the armed factions. Police declined to give any details....

2005-09-19 09:00:34

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - Pro-British paramilitaries in Northern Ireland called on the government on Monday to end what they said was unfair treatment of Protestants in the province following some of the worst rioting in years. The re-routing of an annual Protestant parade in Belfast last week sparked the riots, fed by growing discontent among Protestants over perceived favoritism toward the Roman Catholic minority by British authorities. Protestant mobs, angry at what...

2005-09-12 04:44:41

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - Commuters in Belfast struggled to work on Monday through streets littered with burnt-out cars and shattered glass after two days of rioting in which 50 police officers were injured. Protestant rioters hurled petrol bombs, set light to hijacked cars and fired shots at police in the worst unrest in the British-ruled province for years. The riots in Belfast and outlying areas ground to a halt in the early hours of Monday morning but many streets...

2005-08-15 06:00:01

BELFAST (Reuters) - A man was shot dead near Belfast city center on Monday morning in what politicians said could be the fourth killing in a bloody feud between Protestant extremists who want Northern Ireland to remain British-ruled. The latest murder, in the tough Protestant Sandy Row neighborhood, comes after three men were recently killed as a result of feuding between "loyalists" -- so called because of their fiercely-professed allegiance to the British crown and hostility to a...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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