Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson says it's likely that he would have 'taken up arms' in the Troubles in Northern Ireland if he hadn't become an actor. The star, who has played Jim McDonald in the ITV soap on and off since 1989, went to school in east Belfast in the 1970s, which was then a home to loyalist parliamentary groups. And he says that while he never joined the fight, things might have been different if the opportunities he was met with hadn't come along. He said on TV show Eamonn Mallie: Face To Face With... Charlie Lawson: "I never took up arms. I suspect if I had stayed and not had the opportunities thrown at me and been unemployed staying up the Newtownards Road, I would say it probably would have been highly likely. "I didn't meet a Catholic until I was 20 years of age - not extraordinary for the times really, when you think about it. "But the damage we did to ourselves as human beings and the sheer cruelty and the barbarity of both sides - of what people were … [Read more...] about Corrie’s Charlie Lawson ‘probably would have taken up arms’ in Northern Ireland
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John Kerry issues Brexit warning over reigniting Troubles in Northern Ireland BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Former US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned it is “imperative” to resolve the issues thrown up by Brexit surrounding the Irish border in a way that does not reignite the Troubles. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/brexit/john-kerry-issues-brexit-warning-over-reigniting-troubles-in-northern-ireland-37586499.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37586497.ece/f26b9/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_79585a99-1e44-4273-bf43-888a1589641f_1 Email Former US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned it is “imperative” to resolve the issues thrown up by Brexit surrounding the Irish border in a way that does not reignite the Troubles. Mr Kerry made his comments during an event in the United States to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. He told the BBC’s Sunday Politics programme that a hard border between … [Read more...] about John Kerry issues Brexit warning over reigniting Troubles in Northern Ireland
AN ex-Army chief has told how cops quizzed him over a paramilitary gunman’s death during the Troubles. Gen Sir Lord Dannatt, 67, said he was left “irritated” and “concerned” by the probe. Police questioned him for 45 minutes as a witness to the death of a loyalist in Belfast 45 years ago. There is ongoing concern that ex-soldiers could be prosecuted over deaths in Northern Ireland. The Government is refusing to introduce an amnesty that would stop the prosecutions. Lord Dannatt told The Telegraph that on his last day as Chief of the General Staff in August 2009, his final scheduled appointment was with two investigators from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Historical Enquiries team. Lord Dannatt was commanding a platoon that was ambushed in 1973. One man killed a gunman who managed to kill a British soldier. S-PARK OUT Moment driver knocks out rival twice his size with one punch in parking row ACTRESS DEAD Doctor Who and Blake’s 7 star … [Read more...] about Ex-Army chief quizzed by cops over paramilitary gunman’s death during the Troubles in Northern Ireland
TWENTY years ago a historic peace agreement signalled an end to three decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. But what were the Troubles and what is the Good Friday agreement? Here's the lowdown on the years of bloody violence. When were The Troubles? The Troubles describe a 30-year period between the late 60s and early 90s, when sectarian violence in Northern Ireland caused the deaths of thousands of civilians and security personnel. Historians tend to place the beginning of the Troubles with the 1968 civil rights movement, which demanded an end to Unionist-dominated rule from the devolved Northern Ireland government at Stormont. Marches, protests, civil disobedience and increasing violence led to the British government's decision in 1969 to deploy troops to the streets, especially in Belfast and Londonderry. In 1971, the government introduced its policy of internment, locking up terror suspects without trial. By the following year, the situation had deteriorated. On … [Read more...] about When were the Troubles in Northern Ireland, what happened in Belfast and what is the Good Friday Agreement?
Defence minister Tobias Ellwood has reopened the row in government about investigations into killings carried out by members of the armed forces during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, calling for a statute of limitations to apply. Ellwood’s boss – the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson – was overruled by Number 10 last month, after signalling he would like to see a line drawn under investigations of the historic killings. A consultation was subsequently published by the Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley, which omitted any mention of a statute of limitations. But speaking to John Pienaar on Radio 5 Live, Ellwood, who himself served in the armed forces in Northern Ireland, said: “It does make sense to draw a line at some point to say that investigations have taken place to their conclusion and unless there’s compelling evidence put forward to a very high court that you, that we then close the books on that particular matter.” “There is … [Read more...] about Minister reopens row over Troubles in Northern Ireland