EPRS Admin By / May 7, 2020

Security situation in Northern Ireland (violent incidents related to the region’s security situation)

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Security situation in Northern Ireland (violent incidents related to the region’s security situation)

In April 2019, journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead while reporting on riots in Derry/Londonderry. The New IRA, an Irish nationalist terrorist group, which broke off from the Provisional Irish Republican Army in 2012 and has carried out several attacks since then, claimed responsibility for her death. At the time, the incident sparked concern that, with the re-opening of the debate on the status of Northern Ireland, Brexit was aggravating sectarian tensions. However, police figures (Figure 4) suggest that the level of violence remains stable, and well below that of the 1990s or early 2000s.


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