Timeline of dissident republican activity

As Northern Ireland sees an upsurge in dissident republican attacks, here are some of the most serious incidents to take place since March 2009.

January 2015

Two men are arrested by Irish police investigating dissident activity, in Dundalk, County Louth on 13 January.

A man in 40s was detained and a rifle recovered after a car was stopped and searched on the Point Road on Tuesday.

Andrew Parker MI5's Andrew Parker said most dissident republican attacks were foiled

A man in his late 50s was later arrested during a follow-up search at a house also in Dundalk.

Police described the original stop and search of the car as a planned operation.

On 8 January, the head of MI5 says most dissident republican attacks in Northern Ireland in 2014 were foiled.

Andrew Parker said of more than 20 such attacks, most were unsuccessful and that up to four times that amount had been prevented.

He made the remarks during a speech in which he gave a stark warning of the dangers UK is facing from terrorism.

He said it was "unrealistic to expect every attack plan to be stopped".

December 2014

On 17 December, an eighth person appears in court charged over an alleged Continuity IRA meeting in Newry.

Twelve people were arrested in Ardcarn Park in the city on 10 November.

There is a "strong possibility" that dissident republicans will carry out attacks in the run-up to Christmas, a senior police chief warns.

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said violence from such groups posed a "severe threat" in Northern Ireland.

"They are dangerous, they could do real harm and we will be working extremely hard over Christmas to tackle this threat," he said.

November 2014

On 22 November, a 29-year-old man is charged with having a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

Grosvenor Road operation Police arrested an charged a man after a taxi was stopped in west Belfast and a gun recovered

He was arrested two days earlier on the Grosvenor Road in west Belfast on Thursday after police stopped a taxi and recovered an assault rifle and ammunition.

Dissidents are blamed for shooting a 29-year-old man at a house in Londonderry.

It happened at a house in Cecilia's Walk in the Creggan area at about 18:00 GMT 20 November.

A baby, a five-year-old child, and the man's partner were in the house when masked gunmen burst into the kitchen.

Dissident republicans are believed to have used a home-made rocket launcher in an attack on a police Land Rover at Twaddell Avenue in North Belfast on Sunday 16 November .

It struck the Land Rover and caused some damage, but no-one was injured.

Police described the attack as a "cold, calculated attempt to kill police officers".

Irish police describe the seizure of guns and bomb-making material during searches in Dublin on 15 November as a "major setback" for dissident republicans.

An AK47 rifle, a sawn-off shotgun and a number of semi-automatic pistols were found in searches in the Ballymun, East Wall and Cloughran areas of Dublin.

The Irish Army carried out a controlled explosion at one search location where bomb components were discovered.

Two men in their 50s were arrested.

Police investigating "violent dissident republican activity" charge seven men with terrorism offences.

On 14 November, Derry City Council holds a meeting over death threats against community safety wardens, believed to have been made by dissident republicans.

The men were arrested at a house in Ardcarne Park in Newry, County Down, on 10 November.

The men were aged 30, 43, 44, 58, 59, 73 and 75.

Five of them were charged with directing terrorism.

On 5 November, a Derry councillor and leading dissident republican is given a six-month prison sentence for causing criminal damage to the city's historic walls.

Gary Donnelly, 43, from Iniscairn Road in the Creggan area, was charged with painting political slogans on the city's walls in February.

Liam Brogan, 51, and Terry Porter, 56, both from Carnhill, also received six-month prison sentences.

A device that hit a police vehicle in Londonderry on 2 November is understood to have been a mortar, fired by command wire.

Dissident republicans were responsible for the attack, police have said.

The attack happened on Circular Road in the Creggan Heights area at about 20:40 GMT.

October 2014

Strabane bomb attack Police escaped injury in a planned bomb attack in Strabane

Police foil an attempted bomb attack in Strabane's Ballycolman estate on 23 October.

Officers were lured to Ballycolman estate on 23 October to investigate reports of a bomb thrown at a police patrol vehicle the previous night.

The alert was a hoax but then a real bomb, packed with nails, was discovered in the garden of a nearby house.

Explosives and other weapons found in County Fermanagh on 10 October represented "a threat to the community", Northern Ireland's justice minister says.

Police said a "significant" amount of explosives had been found and linked the weapons to dissident republicans.

Buildings, vehicles and fields were searched at a farm in Kinawley.

September 2014

Dissident republicans claim responsibility for a device that partially exploded outside an Orange hall in County Armagh on 29 September.

In a phone call to the Irish News, a group calling itself The Irish Volunteers admitted it placed the device at Carnagh Orange hall in Keady.

Three men and two woman are jailed for taking part in a dissident republican training camp.

Sean Kelly, 49, of Duneane Crescent, Toomebridge, was sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison, with an order to serve five more on licence.

Sharon Rafferty, 39, of Cabhan Aluinn, Pomeroy, was sentenced to four years in jail and four on licence.

Brothers Gavin Joseph Coney, 37, of Gorticashel Road, Omagh, and Terence Aiden Coney, 36, of Malabhui Road, Carrickmore, were jailed for five years and nine months.

June 2014

On 16 June, police investigating dissident republican activity say they have recovered two suspected pipe bombs in County Tyrone.

Three men and a woman admit charges over a dissident republican training camp in County Tyrone.

It was found at Fourmil Wood, on the outskirts of Omagh, County Tyrone, in March 2012.

Sharon Rafferty, 38, from Cabhan Aluinn, Pomeroy, Sean Kelly, 48, from Duneane Crescent, in Toomebridge and brothers Aidan Coney, 35, from Malabhui Road, Carrickmore and Gavin Joseph Coney, from Gorticashel Road, Omagh will be sentenced at a later date.

On 9 June, a man appears at Londonderry Magistrates Court on charges linked to dissident republican activity in the city.

Thomas Ashe Mellon, 38, of Rathmore Road, Derry, is charged with membership of a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA, and with directing the activities of the IRA.

May 2014

On the night of 29 May, a masked man threw what police have described as a "firebomb" into the reception area of the Everglades Hotel, in the Prehen area of Londonderry.

The hotel was evacuated and the device exploded a short time later when Army bomb experts were working to make it safe.

No-one was injured in the explosion but the reception was extensively damaged.

The man who took the bomb into the hotel said he was from the IRA.

Two men jailed for the dissident republican murder of policeman Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon lose an appeal against their convictions.

Bomb find at Kilcurry Five men were arrested after a suspected bomb was discovered by police in County Louth in the Republic of Ireland.

Brendan McConville, 42, of Glenholme Avenue in Craigavon, and 22-year-old John Paul Wootton, from Colindale in Lurgan, are serving life sentences.

On 25 March, five men are arrested after a suspected bomb was discovered by police in County Louth in the Republic of Ireland.

The device was found in Kilcurry, north of Dundalk, near the border with Northern Ireland, as part of an investigation into dissident republican activity.

32 County Sovereignty Movement member Gary Donnelly is elected to the new Derry and Strabane super council.

On 8 May, Dissident republican Seamus McLaughlin pleads guilty to charges connected to a foiled mortar bomb attack on a police station in March 2013.

He pleaded guilty to having four "ready to deploy" mortars and an improvised explosive incendiary device with intent to endanger life.

A substantial amount of explosives are found on 1 May by police investigating dissident republican activity in Northern Ireland.

The discovery was made during searches of a flat in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

A 47-year-old man is arrested and later charged over the find.

April 2014

A prominent dissident republican is shot dead in west Belfast on 18 April.

Tommy Crossan was shot a number of times at a fuel depot off the Springfield Road.

Mr Crossan, 43, was once a senior figure in the Continuity IRA. It is believed he had been expelled from the group some years ago after falling out with other dissidents.

On 1 April, dissident republicans are blamed for leaving a viable pipe bomb at Townsend Street in Strabane.

March 2014

Police say that a bomb found at a County Tyrone golf course had the capability to kill or cause serious injury.

Bomb disposal experts made the device safe after it was discovered at Strabane Golf Club on 31 March.

The operation followed information received by police that a device had been left in the Ballycolman Road area.

An undercover surveillance operation is believed to have led to the seizure of an improvised mortar bomb in Belfast on 28 March.

Mortar find Police believe they foiled an attack in west Belfast on 28 March

Police believe the operation may have foiled an attack.

The bomb and a command wire were found in a holdall when police stopped a man at the junction of Shaw's Road and Glen Road in the west of the city.

A Belfast man with known dissident republican links died on 28 March a week after he was shot in a Dublin gun attack.

Declan Smith, 32, was shot in the face by a lone gunman as he dropped his child at a crèche on Holywell Avenue, Donaghmede.

He was wanted by police in Northern Ireland for questioning about the murder of two men in Belfast in 2007.

Mr Smith was originally from west Belfast but had moved to live in north Dublin.

A bomb explodes inside a car parked at Carrickreagh Gardens in the Creggan area of Londonderry on 26 March.

The man who owns the car said he did not believe dissident republicans were responsible. However, SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said the attack "bears the hallmarks of the dissident group formerly known as Republican Action Against Drugs".

On the night of 14 March, dissidents use a command wire to fire a mortar at a police Land Rover on the Falls Road in west Belfast.

Police after Falls Road attack A mortar was fired at police on the Falls Road in west Belfast

The device hit the Land Rover, but police said it caused minimal damage.

No-one was injured in the attack, but as well as the police patrol, a car containing a Filipino family was caught up in the attack.

The dissident group calling itself the New IRA said it carried out the attack and claimed the mortar used contained the military explosive Semtex and a commercial detonator.

They claim both were newly acquired - in other words, not from old supplies previously under the control of the Provisional IRA.

Earlier that day, an under-car bobby-trap bomb was made safe after being found on Blacks Road in west Belfast.

The road was closed and residents had to leave their homes while the device, which is believed to have fallen off a vehicle, was made safe by the Army.

Two letter bombs were found at postal sorting offices in Lisburn and Londonderry on 7 March.

Both were addressed to the Maghaberry Prison, the largest jail in Northern Ireland.

February 2014

Seven letter bombs delivered to army careers offices in England bear "the hallmarks of Northern Ireland-related terrorism", Downing Street said.

The packages were sent to offices in Oxford, Slough, Kent, Brighton, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Three men are arrested and "a large sum" of counterfeit money seized on 3 February by police investigating dissident republican activity in Dublin.

January 2014

Four men who were in a car in a which a gun was found are jailed.

Mark McGuigan was sentenced to 12 years, Daniel John Turnbull to nine years, Martin McLoone to eight years and Darryn Patrick McCallion to seven years.

Each will serve half the term in custody and the rest on licence.

During follow-up searches police recovered a sub-machine gun, a hand gun and ammunition from a vehicle belonging to Daniel Turnbull.

Police said they believed the weapons were intended to be used in a dissident republican attack.

On 9 January, it is announced that more than 1,000 prison service staff in Northern Ireland are to receive special annual danger money payments because of the threat from dissident republicans.

An independent pay review body recommended that they should each be paid more than £1,300 a year on top of their normal salary.

On 7 January, Old Bailey bomber Marian McGlinchey is given a suspended sentence for aiding dissident republican terrorists.

McGlinchey, also known as Marian Price, admitted providing a mobile phone used to claim responsibility for the Real IRA murders of two soldiers at Massereene Army barracks in 2009.

She also admitted aiding and abetting the addressing of a meeting to encourage support for terrorism.

December 2013

Shots are reportedly fired at Lisnaskea police station in County Fermanagh on the night of 23 December. Dissident republicans are blamed for the attack.

Prominent republican Colin Duffy is one of three men who appear in court in Belfast on 17 December on dissident republican charges.

On 16 December a man apparently trying to plant a fire bomb in a golf store in Belfast city centre bursts into flames and runs from the shop with his clothes on fire.

On 13 December, a bomb in a sports bag explodes in Belfast's busy Cathedral Quarter.

Bomb explosion in Cathedral Quarter

About 1,000 people were affected by the alert, including people out for Christmas dinners, pub-goers and children out to watch Christmas pantos.

A telephone warning was made to a newspaper, but police said the bomb exploded about 150 metres away as the area was being cleared.

Dissident republican group, Óglaigh na hÉireann, said they were responsible.

On 5 December, two police vehicles are struck 10 times by gunfire from assault rifles while travelling along the Crumlin Road, near Brompton Park, in north Belfast.

One Kalashnikov-type weapon is recovered after the attack.

It is understood those behind the attack built a platform on Herbert Street, from where the shots were fired.

On the following night, two shots strike a PSNI Land Rover on patrol on the Suffolk Road between the Stewartstown and Glen Roads in west Belfast.

November 2013

A bomb, containing 60kgs (132lbs) of home-made explosives, partially explodes inside a car in Belfast city centre on 24 November.

A masked gang hijacked the car, placed a bomb on board and ordered the driver to take it to a shopping centre.

It exploded as Army bomb experts prepared to examine the car left at the entrance to Victoria Square car park.

No-one was injured.

Old Bailey bomber Marian McGlinchey pleads guilty to providing a mobile phone linked to a Real IRA attack in which two soldiers were murdered.

McGlinchey, also known as Marian Price, admitted providing property for the purposes of terrorism.

Marian McGlinchey Marian McGlinchey admitted aiding and abetting the addressing of a meeting to encourage support for terrorism

The charge was connected to the attack on Massereene Army barracks in 2009.

She also admitted aiding and abetting the addressing of a meeting to encourage support for terrorism.

On 21 November, a bus driver is ordered to drive to a police station in Londonderry with a bomb on board.

A masked man boarded the bus in Ballymagroarty estate Wednesday and ordered the driver to go to Strand Road police station.

The bus driver drove a short distance to Northland Road, got her passengers off the bus and called the police.

A former police officer is the target of an under-car booby-trap bomb off the King's Road in east Belfast.

The man spotted the device when he checked under his vehicle at Kingsway Park, near Tullycarnet estate on 8 November.

The man was about to take his 12-year-old daughter to school.

October 2013

Dissidents are blamed for a number of letter bomb attacks at the end of the month.

A package addressed to Secretary of State Theresa Villiers is made safe at Stormont Castle, two letter bombs addressed to senior police officers are intercepted at postal sorting offices, while, a similar device is sent to the offices of the Public Prosecution Service in Londonderry.

Five people with alleged links to dissident Irish republicanism appeared in court in Glasgow on 29 October charged with terror offences and conspiracy to murder.

On 18 October a "viable explosive device" is found during a security alert in Lurgan.

The alert in the Sloan Street area closed two schools, and caused widespread disruption in the County Armagh town. Police said they believe dissident republicans were responsible for planting the device.

Kevin Kearney, 46, is found dead in a lake in Alexandra Park, off the Antrim Road, north Belfast, on 9 October.

Kevin Kearney Kevin Kearney was murdered by dissidents in north Belfast

He had been shot dead the previous day. Dissident republicans said they killed Mr Kearney.

Four men have been arrested by police following a hoax bomb alert on the M1 motorway on 7 October.

The motorway was closed for a time between Belfast and Lisburn after a suspicious object was found on the Kennedy Way offslip.

An appeal court in Lithuania overturns the conviction of a man jailed for attempting to buy weapons for dissident republicans.

Michael Campbell was found guilty in October 2011 after an MI5 sting operation in 2008 recorded him attempting to buy explosives and guns.

He was originally sentenced to 12 years in prison. The appeal court judge found that prosecutors failed to prove his ties with the Real IRA.

September 2013

A 45-year-old man is charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

The charges are linked to an investigation into dissident republican terrorism in north Belfast.

Guns and ammunition are found in separate searches by police investigating dissident republican activity in Dublin and County Clare in the Republic of Ireland.

July 2013

Footage appears to show a dissident republican gunman firing at police during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast on 12 July.

It shows the gunman firing towards police lines from within a crowd gathered at Brompton Park in Ardoyne.

After the last of 17 shots rings out, youths clap and cheer.

Irish police make what they say is their biggest ever find of dissident republican arms and explosives.

Guns, ammunition and 15kg of Semtex explosive are found on land at the Old Airport Road in Cloghran, north Dublin.

The arms include former Provisional IRA weapons, according to police.

Eight men appear before two special sittings of the Special Criminal Court in Dublin charged with offences linked to a police operation against dissident republicans in the city.

Seven arrested at a house in Tallaght on Wednesday were charged with membership of an unlawful organisation and have been remanded in custody.

At a separate sitting of the court a 45-year-old Dublin man was charged with IRA membership and possession of ammunition.

June 2013

On 27 June, a 70-year-old man from west Belfast is sentenced to six and a half years for firearms and explosives offences.

Thomas Maguire, of Suffolk Drive, was arrested in August 2011, when police stopped his car following a car chase.

Dissident republicans issue a death threat against a woman journalist in Northern Ireland, according to a union.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said the PSNI had informed the journalist about the threat.

A gun and ammunition are found by police investigating dissident republican activity in Cookstown, County Tyrone on 10 June.

May 2013

Two police officers escape injury after two pipe bombs are thrown at them in north Belfast.

The officers were responding to an emergency 999 call in Ballysillan in the early hours of 28 May.

Police were fired on in the Foxes Glen area of west Belfast Police were fired on in the Foxes Glen area of west Belfast

They had just got out of their vehicle on the Upper Crumlin Road when the devices were thrown. They took cover as the bombs exploded.

On 22 May police recover a gun during searches connected to dissident republican activity in the Short Strand area of east Belfast.

A bomb is removed from the Foxes Glen area of west Belfast on 17 May - the scene of a gun attack on police officers the previous day.

Up to six shots were fired as three officers got out of their vehicle in the area on Thursday afternoon. No-one was injured.

April 2013

Sinn Fein says police warn Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of a renewed threat from dissident republicans

Police investigating dissident republican activity seize contraband cigarettes worth £300,000 in south Armagh. A total of £50,000 in cash was also recovered.

Detectives investigating dissident terrorist activity uncover guns and ammunition in Craigavon.

The weapons and other items had been hidden on waste ground in the Pinebank area.

A 50-year-old woman who shot dead an innocent man in Dublin because she mistakenly believed he was involved in the murder of a Continuity IRA leader is sentenced to life in prison on 10 April.

Rose Lynch told police she "executed" David Darcy in November of 2011.

Lynch described herself as "an IRA volunteer".

On 7 April two men from Derriaghy, County Antrim, are charged with possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

The weapon was recovered during a security alert on the Barnfield Road in Lisburn following a police investigation into dissident republican activity.

On 1 April, police vehicles have come under attack from youths throwing stones and other missiles at a dissident republican Easter commemoration in Londonderry.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott says dissident republican groups are trying to outdo each other.

Mr Baggott said the groups are in competition when it comes to the number of attacks they carry out.

He said that the "recklessness of their attacks is beyond measure".

March 2013

Police escape injury after a bomb in a bin exploded on the Levin Road in Lurgan on 30 March.

Officers were investigating reports of an illegal parade in when the device went off near a primary school.

Petrol bombs are thrown at police during follow-up searches in the Kilwilkie area.

Police say a bomb meant to kill or injure officers on the outskirts of Belfast on 9 March may have been detonated by mobile telephone.

Officers were responding to a call on Duncrue pathway near the M5 motorway when the bomb partially exploded.

On 4 March, four live mortar bombs which police said were "primed and ready to go" are intercepted in a van in Londonderry.

The van had its roof cut back to allow the mortars to be fired. Police say they believed the target was a police station.

Three men are arrested.

It is the first time dissidents have attempted this type of mortar attack.

On 2 March, police investigating dissident republican activity charged a 23-year-old man with possessing items likely to be of use to terrorists.

It was believed the arrest was linked to a security alert in Larne, County Antrim.

February 2013

On 26 February, the police and Army recover a rocket launcher and a warhead during a search of a house in Hawthorn Street, west Belfast.

A PSNI spokesman says the weapons systems were "clearly intended to kill" and the recovery had "saved lives".

On 25 February, two Cork men appear before Dublin's Special Criminal Court charged with firearms offences and membership of a paramilitary organisation.

Brian Walsh, 43, and Anthony Carroll, 30, were arrested in Togher two days earlier when police stopped a car and recovered two handguns.

On 8 February, Irish police find rocket launchers and explosives after they stopped two cars on the N24 in County Tipperary.

Garda detectives say they believe the weapons were ultimately destined for Northern Ireland.

Three men are arrested at the scene. Two are charged with membership of an unlawful paramilitary organisation while the third man is released without charge.

January 2013

At the end of the month, dissident republicans were blamed for two pipe bomb attacks in north Belfast within the space of 24 hours.

The scene of the alert in north Belfast The Army dealt with a pipe bomb left at a north Belfast community centre on 29 January

On 29 January, the dissident republican group, Oglaigh na hEireann, claimed responsibility for planting a pipe bomb at a community centre on the Shore Road in north Belfast.

The following night, a pipe bomb was thrown at a police vehicle at the junction of Oldpark Road and Rosapenna Street. No-one was injured in either incident.

On 18 January, postal staff at a Royal Mail sorting office in Strabane, County Tyrone intercepted a suspicious package addressed to a senior police officer.

The envelope, addressed to Chief Inspector Andy Lemon, was found to contain a small bomb.

During the first week of the new year, a number of media outlets in the Republic report that paramilitaries had publicly issued death threats against Irish people serving in the British Army.

The threats were allegedly read out in a statement on behalf of the Continuity IRA during a republican commemoration in Limerick city on 6 January. Irish police declined to comment.

December 2012

An off-duty policeman found a bomb attached to the underside of his car on the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast.

Bomb found under car in east Belfast A bomb was found under a police officer's car in east Belfast

The officer found the device during a routine check of his family car on 30 December, as he prepared to take his wife and two children out to lunch.

Police said it was "clearly intended to kill the police officer".

An Irish newspaper reported that a paramilitary plot to murder a British soldier as he returned to the Irish Republic on home leave had been foiled by Irish police.

The Irish Independent said the Continuity IRA planned to shoot the soldier when he returned to County Limerick for his Christmas holidays.

Four days before Christmas, a 27-year-old man from County Monaghan man was jailed for three years for possession of a car bomb that was left outside Crossmaglen police station in County Armagh.

The device had been loaded into a stolen car and left outside the PSNI station on 3 April, 2010, where it failed to detonate.

November 2012

On the first day of the month, a prison officer was shot and killed on the M1 in County Armagh as he drove to work at Maghaberry Prison, Northern Ireland's high security jail.

David Black Mr Black was shot as he drove to work at Maghaberry Prison

David Black, 52-year-old father of two, was the first prison officer to be murdered in Northern Ireland in almost 20 years.

The killing was widely condemned by all main political parties and police said they believed dissident republicans had carried out the attack.

On 12 November, a new paramilitary group calling itself "the IRA" claimed responsibility for the murder.

The organisation is believed to have been formed during the summer of 2012, from an amalgamation of previously disparate dissident republican organisations.

In a statement issued to the Belfast-based newspaper, the Irish News, the group said it had killed him "to protect and defend" republican prisoners.

The following day, a bomb was found close to a primary school in west Belfast.

Police said the device "could have been an under-car booby trap designed to kill and maim" and added they believed dissident republicans were responsible.

October 2012

Ardoyne mortar find A mortar bomb was found at the back of a house in the Ardoyne area

Police investigate possible links to drugs and the involvement of dissident republican paramilitaries in the murder of Newtownabbey man, Danny McKay, who is shot dead at his home in the Longlands area on 25 October.

A mortar bomb is found at a house in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast on 4 October.

Thirty families are moved out of their homes for several hours after police discovered the device at the back of a house in Jamaica Street.

A 21-year-old man is later charged with preparing terrorist acts and having explosives with intent to endanger life.

On 24 October, the Home Office confirmed the threat level from dissident republicans to Great Britain had been downgraded from "substantial" to "moderate", meaning the authorities regarded an attack as possible, but not likely.

However, on the same day the Home Office said the threat level in Northern Ireland remained "severe" with an attack by dissident republicans still regarded as highly likely.

September 2012

On 27 September, police in Dublin investigating dissident republican activity arrested two men after surveillance equipment was found in a hotel room overlooking a police station.

It was believed the equipment was being used to record car registration plates and identify officers involved in operations against dissident activity.

Craigavon man Ciaran Martin Collins, 35, from Drumbeg, was charged with having a semi-automatic pistol in suspicious circumstances after being arrested in a car in Lurgan.

Two other men were released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service.

Bombs were left close to Derry city council offices Bombs were left close to Derry city council offices

Security forces were the target of two bombs left in Londonderry on 20 September.

A pipe bomb and booby trap bomb on a timer were both made safe by the Army.

The pipe bomb was left in a holdall at Derry City Council's office grounds and the booby trap attached to a bicycle chained to railings on a walkway at the back of the offices.

Dissident republicans were blamed for leaving the bombs.

On 12 September, a 52-year-old man appeared in court charged with having guns and ammunition.

Paul McDaid, of Sheridan Street, Belfast, was arrested after police stopped and searched a car on the A1 near Hillsborough.

Leading Real IRA man Alan Ryan, 32, was shot dead in the Clongriffin area of Dublin on 3 September.

In 2000, Ryan had been jailed over the discovery of a Real IRA training camp at Stamullen, County Meath.

The Dubliner was said to be "very well known in criminal and republican circles both north and south of the border".

Alan Ryan funeral There were paramilitary displays at the funeral of Real IRA man Alan Ryan

Three men were subsequently charged over paramilitary displays at his funeral.

Eleven republicans, including prominent Lurgan dissident Colin Duffy, were convicted of wrecking their cells at Maghaberry Prison.

Each was given a 20-month suspended sentence for causing criminal damage in the jail's Roe House wing.

August 2012

On 31 August, two men appeared in court charged with firearms offences in relation to dissident republican activity in Newtownabbey.

Glen Road searches Searches were carried out on Belfast's Glen Road after dissidents claimed they had fired a mortar bomb at police

At the start of the month, police searched the Glen Road in west Belfast after dissident republicans claimed they fired a mortar at a police vehicle.

The attack was claimed to have taken place at the same time as a gun attack on a police patrol on Friday 27 July.

Although the gun attack did take place, police found no trace of any mortar and declared their search over on 3 August.

July 2012

On 26 July, some dissident republican paramilitary groups issued a statement saying they were to come together under the banner of the IRA.

The Guardian newspaper said the Real IRA had been joined by Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) and a coalition of independent armed republican groups and individuals.

However, police say the threat posed by dissident republicans has not been changed since the announcement was made.

A gunman fired towards police lines from within a crowd gathered at Brompton Park in Ardoyne on 12 July.

After the last of 17 shots rings out, youths clapped and cheered. No-one was injured.

June 2012

Scuffles broke out after dissident republican protesters blocked the Olympic Torch's planned route near the Guildhall in Londonderry on 4 June.

It was forced to go a different way in order to reach the Peace Bridge.

Olympic torch trouble The Olympic Torch relay was disrupted by dissident republicans in Londonderry

Two men later appeared in court over the trouble.

Republican Action Against Drugs said it was behind a bomb attack on a police vehicle in Londonderry on 2 June.

The front of the jeep was badly damaged in what is understood to have been a pipe bomb attack in Creggan. The police described the attack as attempted murder.

May 2012

Four people appeared in court on 19 May on charges linked to an alleged terrorist training camp in County Tyrone.

They were Sharon Rafferty, from Cavana Linn in Pomeroy, Sean Kelly from Duneane Crescent in Toomebridge, Terence Aidan Coney, of Malabhui Road in Omagh and Gavin Coney from Gorticashel Road, also in Omagh.

The court was told that approximately 200 rounds were heard being fired at the Formil Wood site on Gorticashel Road on 30 March, 2012.

Bullet casings had also been recovered from the area.

On 19 May three relatives of prominent Lurgan dissident republican Colin Duffy appeared in court in Lisburn charged with terrorism offences.

They were Paul John Duffy, 47, from Ailsbury Gardens, Damien Duffy, 42, from Campbell Walk, and Shane Duffy, 41, from Kilwilkie Road.

The charges included collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists, conspiracy to murder, and conspiring to cause an explosion.

A number of guns found in north Belfast on 15 May were believed to be linked to dissident republicans, police said.

They were found at Etna Drive in the Ardoyne area. Police say the find "undoubtedly thwarted attempts of these criminals to inflict death, injury and misery on the community of north Belfast".

April 2012

On 30 April it emerged that five men had fled Londonderry over the course of a week after being threatened by the vigilante group, Republican Action Against Drugs.

A bomb was found under a parked car in a garage on the Ballygomartin Road in north Belfast on 28 April.

Police said "the finger of suspicion points towards dissident republican terrorists".

On 27 April police found a number of guns and ammunition during an operation at Ardglen Place in north Belfast

A pipe bomb was left under a car belonging to the elderly parents of a police officer in Londonderry on 15 April.

A number of homes were evacuated while Army bomb experts dealt with the device at Drumleck Drive in Shantallow.

The serving PSNI officer does not live in the house.

Newry bomb van A 600lb bomb was found in a van on the Fathom Line in Newry

A fully primed 600lb bomb was found in a van on the Fathom Line near Newry on 26 April and made safe the following day.

A senior police officer said those who left it had a "destructive, murderous intent".

Assistant Chief Constable Alastair Finlay said it was as "big a device as we have seen for a long time".

A paramilitary-style shooting in Londonderry was deliberately timed ahead of a rally against a dissident republican group, one of its organisers has claimed.

An 18-year-old man was shot in both legs at Rinmore Drive in Creggan shortly after 22:00 BST on 26 April.

March 2012

On 30 March two men were convicted of murdering police officer Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon in March 2009.

Stephen Carroll murder scene Two men were convicted of murdering Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon

The 48-year-old officer was shot dead after he and colleagues responded to a 999 call.

Convicted of the murder were Brendan McConville, 40, of Glenholme Avenue, Craigavon, and John Paul Wootton, 20, of Collindale, Lurgan.

February 2012

Two men arrested after an Irish police raid on a suspected dissident republican bomb factory were found guilty of possessing explosive substances on 24 February.

Conan Murphy, 25, from Dundalk, and Philip McKevitt, 58, from Aghaboys, Louth, were arrested in Dundalk in May 2010..

On 16 February police in the Irish Republic recovered a handgun and three improvised explosive devices.

The items were found near Celbridge, County Kildare, on Thursday during ongoing investigations into the activities of dissident republicans.

Londonderry man Andrew Allen was shot dead in Buncrana, County Donegal, on 9 February.

The 24-year-old father of two was shot at a house in Links View Park, Lisfannon.

Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) later admitted it murdered Mr Allen who had been forced to leave his home city the previous year.

On 9 February a 43-year-old Londonderry man admitted a car bomb attack at the city's Strand Road PSNI Station.

No-one was injured in the August 2010 bombing, claimed by dissident republicans Oglaigh na hEireann, but several businesses were badly damaged.

Philip O'Donnell, of Baldrick Crescent, pleaded guilty to causing an explosion likely to endanger life. He also admitted hijacking the taxi containing the 200lb device and falsely imprisoning the taxi driver.

January 2012

Strabane man Martin Kelly was jailed for life by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin on 24 January for the murder of a man in County Donegal.

Andrew Burns, 27, from Strabane, was shot twice in the back in February 2008 in a church car park.

The murder was linked to the dissident republican group, Oglaigh na hEireann. Kelly, from Barrack Steet, was also sentenced to eight years in prison for possession of a firearm.

On 20 January, Brian Shivers was convicted of the murders of Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey at Massereene Barracks in March 2009.

His co-accused Colin Duffy was acquitted.

Police in Londonderry believed dissident republicans were responsible for two bomb attacks on 19 January.

The bombs exploded at the tourist centre on Foyle Street and on Strand Road, close to the DHSS office, within 10 minutes of each other.

Homes and businesses in the city were evacuated and no-one was injured.

Officer at scene of bomb incident A bomb was left in the soldier's car in north Belfast

A Scottish soldier found a bomb inside his car outside his girlfriend's house in the Ligoniel area of north Belfast.

The soldier found the device while cleaning the car before going to pick up a child from school on 5 January.

It is understood the device contained a trip wire attached to the seat belt.

Police say if the bomb had gone off the soldier, and others in the vicinity, could have been killed. Dissidents admit they carried out the attack.

December 2011

A 59-year-old man was charged with possession of firearms and explosives in suspicious circumstances.

He was arrested in County Fermanagh on 19 December.

Republican protesters smeared excrement on the doors and windows of the Alliance Party headquarters in south Belfast.

Earlier in the year members of the Republican Network for Unity occupied the building in support of dissident prisoners at Maghaberry.

Northern Ireland Minister Hugo Swire warned about the possibility of dissident groups using upcoming centenaries for their own purposes.

He says Stormont must take the lead to ensure those who sought to undermine the political process were not able to do so.

November 2011

A masked gang tried to shoot a man at a house in north Belfast on 9 November.

Three men wearing balaclavas and armed with a handgun entered a property in Ardilea Street off the Oldpark Road.

They held a man down and attempted to shoot him, but the gun failed to go off.

Dissident republicans later said they carried out the attack.

October 2011

Bomb at City of Culture offices A bomb outside the City of Culture offices was blamed on dissidents

A bomb exploded outside the City of Culture offices in Londonderry on 12 October.

A warning with a recognised codeword is understood to have been given less than an hour before the explosion in Guildhall Square.

Security sources said the attack had all the hallmarks of dissident republicans, who damaged a door of the same building with a pipe bomb in January.

The next day about 250 people took part in a rally in the city centre to protest against the attack.

September 2011

Three men were arrested after a car containing a bomb was stopped on the Buncrana Road in Londonderry on Monday 26 September.

The men were remanded in custody after appearing in court later that week.

Buncrana Road bomb alert Three men were arrested after a bomb was found in a car on the Buncrana Road in Lononderry

The Real IRA was blamed for two bomb attacks near Claudy, County Londonderry on 14 September.

One of the bombs exploded outside the family home of a Catholic police officer. No-one was in the house at the time.

The other device was made safe at the home of a retired doctor who works for the police.

Londonderry man Thomas Christopher Nash was jailed for seven years for hiding guns and bullets for dissident republicans.

Nash, from Iveagh Park, Prehen, Londonderry admitted having a .22 calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and a silencer with intent on 9 August 2010.

He also admitted having an imitation AK47 assault rifle and an imitation handgun with intent to cause fear of violence, and a canister of CS spray.

August 2011

Paddy Dixon, a former car thief who gave information to Irish police about stolen vehicles used to transport Real IRA bombs, suffered minor injuries in a pipe bomb attack at his home in County Meath.

Paddy Dixon was injured in a bomb attack in Navan in August Paddy Dixon was injured in a bomb attack in Navan in August

It is thought dissident republicans may have been behind the attack.

It is understood Mr Dixon spotted the device just before it exploded and was able to back away from the full force of the blast.

Mr Dixon had never entered the Witness Protection Programme.

He is believed to have been living quite openly in Navan.

July 2011

Five men are arrested, by police investigating the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr, during a series of raids, involving 200 officers across three counties on 26 July.

Clothing, mobile phones, computers and cars were taken away for forensic analysis following the searches in Coalisland, Toomebridge, Bellaghy and Ballyronan.

The men were later released.

Prominent republican Marian Price is charged on 22 July in connection with the murders of two soldiers in Antrim in March 2009.

She was charged with providing property for the purposes of terrorism.

The charge related to the murders of Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey at Massereene barracks.

A mortar bomb and a quantity of cigarettes were uncovered during an arrest and search operation in the Etna Drive-Jamaica Street area of Ardoyne in north Belfast.

Seventy families were moved from their homes during the security operation on 21 July.

June 2011

Irish police said they believed bomb components found in County Louth on 25 June were to be used for a device in Northern Ireland.

The Irish army carried out a controlled explosion at a site in Hackballscross.

Police described the find as significant and linked it to the dissident group Oglaigh na hEireann.

Police said they believed dissident republicans were responsible after a photographer was shot during violence on 21 June in east Belfast.

It happened during a second night of trouble at a sectarian flashpoint on the Lower Newtownards Road.

Police said the trouble was orchestrated by the loyalist paramilitary group, the UVF.

May 2011

A pipe bomb exploded after being thrown into a house in Muff, County Donegal.

A man who was inside was not injured. Dissident republicans are suspected of being involved.

Two masked men throw a holdall containing a bomb into a Santander bank branch in Londonderry's Diamond just after midday on Saturday 21 May.

Police cleared the area and the bomb exploded an hour later. No-one was injured.

However, significant damage was caused inside the building.

Derry alert The grenade was thrown at officers during a security alert

A grenade was thrown at police officers during a security alert at Southway in Londonderry on 9 May.

The device, which was described as "viable", failed to explode.

Two children were talking to the officers when the grenade was thrown.

The mother of one of them said he could have been killed and whoever threw the grenade must have seen the children.

April 2011

On 30 April, Michael Patrick Finbar Johnston, 28, from New Lodge Road, in north Belfast, is charged with having articles for the purpose of terrorism and of preparing for acts of terrorism.

He was arrested over the seizure of four bomb timers, a find that police linked to dissident republican activity.

Three men are charged on 25 April with possession of firearms, preparation for committing acts of terrorism and possession of articles likely to be of use to terrorists.

It follows the discovery of what police described as a "substantial amount" of machine guns and rifles in a vehicle in Keady, south Armagh.

More weapons were found in separate follow-up searches in south Armagh and east Tyrone.

Among them were Semtex explosives, a horizontal mortar, 25 kilos of homemade explosives, an automatic weapon, a silencer, ammunition, three timer power units, booster tubes and a detonator.

The dissident republican group, the Real IRA, threatened to kill more police officers and declared its opposition to the Queen's first visit to the Irish Republic.

A statement was read out by a masked man at a rally organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement in Londonderry on Easter Monday, 25 April.

A 500lb bomb was left in a van at an underpass on the main Belfast to Dublin Road in Newry.

The alert began on the night of Thursday 7 April and was cleared on Saturday 9 April. Several motorists drove past the vehicle on the Friday.

Constable Ronan Kerr was killed after a bomb exploded under his car outside his home in Omagh, County Tyrone, on 2 April.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack but dissident republicans were blamed.

The 25-year-old had joined the police in May 2010 and had been working in the community for five months.

Northern Ireland Chief Constable Matt Baggott described Constable Kerr as a "modern-day hero".

Dissident republican attacks map

1. March 2009, Massereene Barracks, County Antrim: Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey are killed as they collect pizzas outside their barracks. The Real IRA said it carried out the attack

2. March 2009, Craigavon, County Armagh: Constable Stephen Carroll, 48, is shot dead as he and police colleagues answer a call for help. The Continuity IRA says it shot the policeman

3. February 2010, Braehead Road, near the Irish border: The naked and bound body of 31-year-old dissident republican Kieran Doherty is found close to Londonderry. The Real IRA says it abducted and murdered him

4. April 2011, Omagh, County Tyrone: Constable Ronan Kerr is killed after a bomb explodes under his car outside his home. Dissident republicans have been blamed

Source: BBC News reports (court cases and incidents south of the border not included)

March 2011

Forensic experts at the scene of Derry courthouse bomb Forensic experts at the scene of Derry courthouse bomb

The PSNI described a bomb left near Londonderry courthouse as a "substantial viable device".

District Commander, Stephen Martin, said a beer keg, left in a stolen car, contained around 50kg of home-made explosives.

The alert started on the evening of Sunday 27 March.

Irish police investigated possible dissident republican involvement in the shooting of three people in a park in Blanchardstown, Dublin on Sunday 27 March.

Two of the injured men were shot in the body, the other in the head.

A number of shots were fired at police officers at Glen Road in Londonderry on the night of 2 March.

Police said it was an attempt to kill.

February 2011

On 18 February Sinn Fein condemned a threat they said had been made by dissident republicans against the brother of Pat Finucane as "beyond contempt".

Gerry Kelly said the threat against community worker Seamus Finucane came from the dissident republican group, Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH).

Irish police investigating the activities of dissident republicans discovered items they said could be used to make explosive devices.

They were found during a search of a house in Barnstown in County Wexford.

January 2011

On 30 January two men arrested in Galway after police found guns and explosives were charged at a court in Dublin.

They were charged with unlawful possession of an explosive substance, unlawful possession of a revolver and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Antrim Road alert Two bombs were found during an alert on the Antrim Road in north Belfast

The PSNI confirmed two bombs were found in a security alert that started on the Antrim Road in north Belfast on 23 January and lasted several days.

The second viable device was found behind a scout hall while the first found, an "anti-personnel device", was found outside a shop.

On 22 January, the leader of the Irish Republic's main opposition party, Enda Kenny of Fine Gael, told the Alliance Party conference, if he was the country's prime minister, he would do everything within his powers to combat the threat of dissident republicans.

Police in the Republic of Ireland questioned five men arrested in connection with the discovery of a "bomb factory" on a farm in County Kildare.

A 22-year-old man appeared in court on 12 January in connection with a dissident republican bomb attack on a police station in Londonderry.

December 2010

A policeman found an unexploded grenade outside his home in County Fermanagh.

The device was discovered at the property in Drumreer Road, Maguiresbridge, on 23 December.

A terrorism charge against 40-year-old dissident republican Gary Donnelly from Londonderry was withdrawn on 22 December.

A grenade was found outside a police officer's home in County Fermanagh A grenade was found outside a police officer's home in County Fermanagh

In the Republic, three men from Northern Ireland were jailed for IRA membership on 15 December.

Gerard McGarrigle, 46, from Mount Carmel Heights in Strabane was sentenced to five years in prison.

Desmond Donnelly, 58, from Drumall, Lisnarick, Fermanagh and Jim Murphy, 63, from Floraville in Enniskillen, were given three years and nine months.

They were arrested in Letterkenny in February after Irish police received a tip-off that dissident republicans were about to carry out a 'tiger' kidnapping.

On 10 December, the Police Federation claimed the level of dissident republican terrorist activity in Northern Ireland was being played down by the police and government to make NI appear more normal than it actually is.

A 21-year-old woman was charged with having a gun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on 5 December.

The arrest followed a search in west Belfast by detectives investigating suspected dissident republican activity.

Four men were arrested after an explosive device was found in a car near Dundalk, County Louth on 1 December.

The device, described by police as a viable mortar, was made safe by bomb disposal experts.

November 2010

A meeting of the Derry DPP in the Guildhall on 25 November had to be abandoned after republican protesters blew horns and chanted slogans.

The scene of the bomb attack in west Belfast The scene of the bomb attack in west Belfast

A military hand grenade was used to attack police officers called to a robbery at Shaw's Road in west Belfast on 5 November.

Three police officers were hurt and one of them suffered seri ous arm injuries when the grenade was thrown by a cyclist who then made off.

The dissident paramilitary group Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) said it was responsible for the attack.

October 2010

Two men were shot in the legs in attacks in Londonderry in the space of 48 hours - the first on Sunday 17 October, the second on Tuesday 19 October.

A general purpose machine-gun and improvised mortar bomb were among the weapons found in a police search in a wooded area at Togher, Dunleer, County Louth on 11 October.

Ten people were arrested after Irish police found weapons and bomb making material in raids in Counties Louth, Wexford and Waterford on 8 October.

Two men later appeared in court while files were prepared for the DPP on the others.

Ulster Bank damaged in explosion The Ulster Bank on Culmore Road was damaged in a car bomb attack in Derry

A car bomb exploded close to the Ulster Bank, shops and a hotel on Londonderry's Culmore Road on 4 October.

The area had been cleared when the bomb exploded, but the blast was so strong that a police officer who was standing close to the cordon was knocked off his feet.

Masonry and glass from smashed windows were strewn across the Culmore Road.

Lurgan man Paul McCaugherty was jailed for 20 years for a dissident republican gun smuggling plot that was uncovered after an MI5 sting operation.

McCaugherty was found guilty of attempting to import weapons and explosives.

Dermot Declan Gregory from Crossmaglen, was found guilty of making a Portuguese property available for the purpose of terrorism. He was sentenced to four years.

September 2010

A 54-year-old Newry man was charged with seven offences including possession of firearms and ammunition with intent in the preparation of acts of terrorism after police discovered firearms including a "walking stick which could be turned into a gun" in the shed of a house.

Theresa May Home Secretary Theresa May issued a warning about possible dissident attacks in Great Britain

On 24 September, Home Secretary Theresa May said an attack on Britain by "Irish-related" terrorists is a "strong possibility".

She was speaking as MI5 raised the country's threat level.

The British and Irish governments again insisted they are not holding talks with the dissidents.

The head of MI5 told a meeting of security professionals in London that the threat from dissident republicans is rising.

Jonathan Evans said MI5 could not rule out the possibility of dissidents extending their attacks to Great Britain.

August 2010

Three children suffer minor injuries when a bomb exploded in a bin in Lurgan's North Street on 14 August.

The bomb went off at a junction where police would have been expected to put up a cordon around the school. The explosion injured the children after it blew a hole in a metal fence.

Three children were after a bomb exploded in a bin in Lurgan Three children were hurt after a bomb exploded in a bin in Lurgan

Three other alerts in the town were declared elaborate hoaxes.

Chief Inspector Sam Cordner said the attack had "stark similarities" to the 1998 Omagh atrocity.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness told the BBC the British government has talked to dissident republicans in recent weeks,

He also said the Irish government had been meeting with dissidents for years.

A booby trap partially exploded under the car of a former policeman in Cookstown, County Tyrone, on 10 August.

The man was unhurt in the attack, but it is the first time one of the latest series of booby-trap bombs detonates.

A bomb is found under the car of a Catholic policewoman in Kilkeel in County Down on 8 August.

It is believed the device fell off the car before being spotted by the officer.

Irish police investigating dissident republican activity arrest five men in County Louth on the same day.

Guns, ammunition and balaclavas are found in two cars during the operation.

The booby-trap bomb was found in the driveway of the soldier's home A booby-trap bomb was found in the driveway of a soldier's house in Bangor

On 4 August, booby trap bomb was found under a soldier's car in Bangor.

It was thought the device could have been planted by dissident republicans close to the base where he was stationed and he drove home without it being detected.

It then fell off and he discovered it as he was about to leave his home.

A car that exploded outside a police station in Londonderry contained 200lb of homemade explosives.

No-one was injured in the attack, which happened on 3 August, but several businesses were badly damaged in the blast.

July 2010

On 28 July, an 18-year-old man was abducted in west Belfast and driven two miles away to the Lenadoon estate where he was shot in both legs.

Belleeks bomb scene A bomb blast in Belleeks was thought to be an attempt to lure police

Police said a shooting at a house in Londonderry on 26 July could be linked to the vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs.

Three men and a woman were in the property at Dunmore Gardens when four masked men forced their way in and fired two shots.

Four men and a teenage boy were arrested on the Falls Road in west Belfast following an attempted paramilitary shooting at a house in the St James' area.

The five were later charged with terrorism offences.

The remains of an exploded pipe bomb were found in the grounds of a west Belfast police station on 22 July.

The device was discovered at Woodbourne PSNI station on the Stewartstown Road.

A bomb exploded between Belleeks and Cullyhanna in south Armagh, blowing a crater in the road and damaging a stone bridge on 10 July.

Police viewed it as an attempt to lure them into the area in order to carry out a follow-up ambush.

Dissident republicans were blamed for organising two nights of sustained rioting in the Broadway and Bog Meadows areas of west Belfast on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 July.

Later rioting on 11, 12, 13 and 14 July in south and north Belfast, Lurgan and Londonderry is also believed to have involved dissidents.

Ardoyne riots Dissidents were believed to have organised riots in Belfast

Scores of police officers were injured during the violence, which featured gun attacks, petrol bombs and other missiles being thrown.

Five men were arrested after police stopped three cars near Omeath in County Louth on 10 July.

Irish police suspected they were trying to move explosives across the border.

One man was charged, while four others were released while a file was prepared for the DPP.

Shots are fired at Crossmaglen PSNI station on 2 July.

Dissident republicans said they were behind two similar attacks in December and January.

June 2010

Paul McCaugherty Paul McCaugherty was found guilty of trying to import weapons

On 30 June, two men were convicted of attempting to import weapons and explosives for use by dissident republicans.

Paul McCaugherty, 43, of Beech Court in Lurgan and Dermot Declan Gregory of Concession Road in Crossmaglen, were caught in an MI5 sting operation.

A Belfast court heard McCaugherty handled over bundles of euros in a specially adapted bag to an undercover agent, saying he needed "explosives, pistols, AK-47s, armour-piercing stuff, snipers, cords and detonators".

May 2010

Irish police at scene of bomb find A suspected bomb factory was found near Dundalk

A report by the Independent Monitoring Commission on 26 May said dissidents "remain highly active and dangerous".

It said the threat was "very serious" but they were not able to mount a campaign like the Provisional IRA.

Two men were charged with explosives offences after the discovery of an alleged dissident bomb-making factory near Dundalk on 22 May.

Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said the find foiled an attack in Northern Ireland.

April 2010

Crossmaglen bomb A bomb outside Crossmaglen police station was defused

A car bomb exploded outside Newtownhamilton police station, injuring two people.

Local residents also reported hearing gunshots before the blast.

Police chiefs said the threat from dissident republicans was higher than at any time since the Omagh bomb almost 12 years ago.

Senior police officers believed rival factions in the Real IRA and Continuity IRA have increased co-operation and stepped up recruitment.

There were five pipe bomb attacks on houses in the west of Northern Ireland in a week - two of them claimed by a group calling itself Republican Action Against Drugs.

A car bomb was defused outside Newtownhamilton police station in south Armagh on Tuesday 13 April.

A bomb in a hijacked taxi exploded outside Palace Barracks in Holywood, on Monday 12 April - the day policing and justice powers were transferred to Northern Ireland.

One man suffers minor injuries.

A two-day protest by dissident republicans at Maghaberry Prison ended on Easter Tuesday. The prisoners had barricaded themselves into a dining room.

Police say a car bomb left outside Crossmaglen on Easter Saturday night could have killed or seriously injured anyone in the area. The bomb - made up of a number of flammable containers - was made safe by Army experts.

On 12 April, the Real IRA leaves a no-warning car bomb outside MI5's Northern Ireland headquarters at Palace Barracks in Holywood, County Down.

The blast is timed for the same day that policing and justice powers are devolved from Westminster to Stormont. An elderly man walking near the Army base at the time of the explosion is treated in hospital for minor injuries, but the bomb causes little damage.

March 2010

Dissidents were also blamed for a series of alerts in Belfast, Londonderry and on the railway line in south Armagh, which caused major traffic disruption on Friday 19 March.

Shots were fired at police as they investigated the railway alert, although no-one was injured.

February 2010

Kieran Doherty Kieran Doherty was murdered by the Real IRA

On 24 February, the naked and bound body of 31-year-old Kieran Doherty was found close to the Irish border near Derry.

The Real IRA said it killed Mr Doherty who, it said, was one of its members.

Dissidents are also believed to have been behind a number of paramilitary-style shootings in the city in recent months.

Two days earlier a bomb damaged the gates of Newry courthouse.

Officers were evacuating the area when the bomb went off. Police said it was a miracle no-one was killed.

February had begun with Irish police stopping a suspected attack by dissident republicans in County Donegal.

A car was stopped at Cooladawson, near Stranorlar, and a man arrested.

Three other men who were in the car ran off across fields. A gun was also recovered.

In Belfast, 40 families were moved from their homes after a pipe bomb was thrown at a police station.

Dissidents were also suspected of being involved in organising rioting in the Craigavon area at the end of the month.

The explosion outside the courthouse in Newry Newry Courthouse was damaged in a bomb attack

In Cork, cash, drugs and a number of suspected imitation guns were seized during a major operation targeting dissident republican paramilitaries.

The operation followed a claim from the Real IRA that it shot dead a convicted drug dealer in Cork on 20 January.

There was widespread condemnation in Londonderry over a campaign by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement.

The group, regarded as the Real IRA's political wing, said it would picket shops that deal with the police in protest at stop and search tactics.

January 2010

A 33-year-old Catholic police officer was seriously injured in a dissident republican car bomb about a mile from his home in Randalstown, County Antrim.

A PSNI spokesman said it was too early to say which group was behind the attack.

The family of a Londonderry shopkeeper who sells smoking paraphernalia and "legal highs" said they believe he was shot and injured by dissident republicans on 27 January because of his business.

On the last day of the month the Real IRA opened fire on a police station in County Armagh.

No-one was injured in the attack in Bessbrook, but Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy said he condemned "this act of wanton intent and murder".

December 2009

Shots were fired at Crossmaglen police station on 30 December. No-one wa s injured.

November 2009

The body set up to monitor paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland said dissident republicans were more active than at any time in the last four and a half years.

The Independent Monitoring Commission published its 20th report which said dissidents were directing their efforts to kill PSNI officers.

Dissident republicans were also blamed for leaving a car containing a 400lb bomb outside the Policing Board's headquarters in Belfast.

The car, which had been driven through a barrier by two men who then ran off, burst into flames when the device partially exploded.

On the same night, shots were fired during an undercover police operation in the County Fermanagh village of Garrison in what police described as an attempt to kill a trainee PSNI officer.

Five men were arrested by police on both sides of the border.

Two of the men, a former Irish army reservist and an unsuccessful council election candidate, were later charged with attempted murder.

One of Northern Ireland's highest profile judges moved out of his Belfast home over fears of a dissident republican threat against him.

Mr Justice Treacy's £650,000 house was bought under the Housing Executive's Special Purchase of Evacuated Dwellings (Sped) scheme.

October 2009

Four men dressed in paramilitary style uniform and black masks fired a volley of shots over the coffin of a dissident republican who died in a Londonderry police station.

Masked men fire shots at funeral Masked men fired a volley of shots over John Brady's coffin

It was believed that John Brady had taken his own life at Strand Road police station days earlier.

The dissident republican vigilante group, Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) claimed responsibility for shooting and injuring a 27-year-old man in Londonderry.

One of the police officers who went to the scene of the gun attack was knocked unconscious after he was hit on the head with a lump of concrete.

The DUP's Ian Paisley Jnr said police had warned him that dissident republicans were planning to murder him.

Mr Paisley, who is a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, said officers contacted him to inform him of the foiled attack.

A police officer's partner was injured when a bomb exploded under her car in east Belfast.

The 38-year-old was reversing the vehicle out of the driveway of a house in the east of the city when the device exploded.

In the same month a bomb exploded inside a Territorial Army base in north Belfast.

The police confirmed that "some blast damage" had occurred inside the base off the Antrim Road and shrapnel from the overnight explosion was found in neighbouring streets.

September 2009

The PSNI said a 600lb bomb left near the Irish border in south Armagh was intended to kill its officers.

The bomb was defused by the army near the village of Forkhill.

Days later the Real IRA claimed responsibility for placing two explosive devices near their homes of a policeman's relatives in Londonderry.

The first device exploded outside his parents' home while a second device, which was found outside his sister's home, was taken away for examination by the army.

August 2009

A group of armed and masked men, believed to be from a faction of the Real IRA, set up a roadblock in the south Armagh village of Meigh.

They handed out leaflets warning people against co-operating with the security forces on either side of the border.

July 2009

Sinn Fein blamed the Real IRA for orchestrating rioting in north Belfast. At least one shot was fired at police and two blast bombs were thrown.

Dissident republican protesters disrupted a meeting of the District Policing Partnership in Derry.

June 2009

Conor Murphy, a Sinn Fein MP and minister in Northern Ireland's devolved administration, blamed dissident republicans for an arson attack on his home in south Armagh.

May 2009

Dissident republicans were suspected of involvement in a petrol bomb attack on the Derry home of senior Sinn Fein member Mitchel McLaughlin.

April 2009

The Real IRA in Londonderry said it shot a convicted rapist in the legs, one of a series of such attacks in Derry during this time.

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, said dissident republicans had threatened to kill him.

March 2009

Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey died in the attack Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey died in the attack

Two young soldiers were shot dead as they collected pizzas outside Massereene Barracks in County Antrim.

Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey were killed just hours before they were due to be deployed to Afghanistan.

The Real IRA was blamed for this attack.

Within 48 hours a policeman, Stephen Carroll, was shot dead in Craigavon.

He was the first police officer to be murdered in Northern Ireland since 1998.

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    Land League

    Calling itself the Land League, the group has become embroiled in a campaign to stop an Irish bank from repossessing the home of a high-profile lawyer.

    18:41: Vet defends cat death decision: Newtownabbey Times

    A veterinary surgery in Newtownabbey has defended a decision to euthanize a cat that was taken to its store after being mistaken for a stray, the Newtownabbey Times reports.

    18:35: Murder conviction quashed:

    A Londonderry man who was jailed for life for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend has had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal in Dublin.

    Stephen Cahoon

    Stephen Cahoon, 42, with a last address at Harvey Street, Derry, admitted strangling Jean Quigley in 2008 but denied murder.

    18:24: Transport costs:

    Translink's Chief Executive David Strahan earlier briefed a Stormont committee on job losses and warned it could go out of existence.

    Translink infographic

    Above is a breakdown of the firm's figures that emerged today.

    18:13: Workers say firm was `on the up`

    Workers at a west Belfast company which looks set to lose more than 200 jobs, say they'd been told their jobs were secure.

    worker and site

    Employee Christopher McNally said they were told Belfast was an `integral part` of the company's plans. BBC Newsline is live at the company at 18.30.

    18:03: Pensioner murder appeal:

    A woman convicted of murdering a pensioner may not have intended to kill her, the Court of Appeal has been told.

    Karen Walsh

    Karen Walsh is seeking to overturn her conviction for murdering Maire Rankin on Christmas Day in 2008.

    17:54: Virtual correction:

    Earlier, we reported some serious news - a cardboard virtual reality box that is in the newsroom had broken down.

    Virtual reality box

    But we're glad to say we were wrong, a colleague tells us it's in perfect working order. Now we just have to figure out how best to use virtual reality for reporting the news. Any ideas, let us know.

    17:45: 'State of shock': Mark Simpson BBC News NI

    A representative from the union Unite says there is a "state of shock" over warnings about the financial future of Translink.


    David McMurray said: "I think it means they're getting ready to privatise Translink through the back door. I think there could be anything up to 200 plus job losses."

    17:34: Court stops payout to sex offender:

    A convicted sex offender who featured on a Facebook page set up to monitor alleged paedophiles has had damages of £20,000 stopped by a high court injunction.


    The sex offender is now also being sued by one of his victims, it has emerged.

    17:21: Sullivan win hockey title: BBC Sport NI

    Sullivan Upper School has won the Girls' Senior Schools Cup in hockey after defeating Banbridge Academy in the final.

    They will now represent Ulster in the All-Ireland Kate Russell Tournament.

    17:07: Famed photographer dies:

    Tributes have been paid to well known Derry Journal photographer Larry Doherty, who has died aged 85.

    Larry Doherty

    In his fifty year career he captured some of the most iconic photographs of the Troubles. He retired as the newspaper's chief photographer in 1995.

    16:52: Brockwell three released:

    Irish police say that the three people arrested in connection with the escape of Derek Brockwell were released last night.

    Derek Brockwell

    Police say that a file is being prepared for the Irish director of public prosecutions. Meanwhile, the PSNI say Brockwell has been released from hospital and transferred to a prison in England.

    16:38: Cannabis plants seized: PSNI

    Twelve cannabis plants were discovered at address in St James Road, Belfast following a search yesterday at around 00:10am.

    Cannabis plants
    16:26: Staff sent home: John Campbell BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    More than 200 jobs go in west Belfast

    16:15: Hundreds of jobs go in west Belfast John Campbell BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    220 jobs are to go in west Belfast

    Ageas Retail operates a call centre in the Springvale Business Park for clients in the insurance industry.

    16:02: Virtual reality news: Ciaran McCauley BBC News NI

    Here at the Beeb, we're at the cutting-edge of technology - to prove it, here's BBC News NI's Mervyn Jess trying out a cardboard virtual reality box.

    Cardboard virtual reality

    New frontier of journalism? Well, maybe not quite. The box broke down shortly after. We'll stick to the traditional methods for now.

    15:49: Burst water main: BBC NI Travel

    There's a burst water main on the A2 at Seapark - one lane is now closed Bangor-bound and it's causing a tailback through Holywood.

    15:34: Protest song not mean to 'upset': News Letter

    The writer of a protest song campaigning for two men convicted of murdering a police officer said he "didn't write the song to upset anyone", the News Letter reports.

    Stephen Carroll Constable Carroll was shot in the head after responding to an emergency call

    Pól MacAdaim says that he believes Constable Stephen Carroll's widow Kate has been "denied the justice of having the real killers of her husband convicted".

    15:18: Food fight:

    While we have to make do with packed lunch sandwiches and crisps in Belfast, up in Foyle on the Mark Patterson Show they're getting "brisket beef on bog oak" for lunch.

    Brisket beef

    We don't really know what it is, but we want some.

    15:01: Youngest ever leaders for a lodge:

    An Orange lodge in County Tyrone, is being led by two men believed to be among the youngest ever in the roles.

    Orange lodge

    Brian Haslett, 21, and Jonathan Potter, 25, have been installed as deputy master and worshipful master of the Fardross lodge in Clogher.

    14:45: Family history: Jayne McCormack BBC News NI

    Our story about BBC News NI's 1960s roving reporter James Boyce has prompted a distant relative of his, who lives in America, to share a Boyce family tale.

    James Boyce

    Dan Boyce told us that an antique family gun (similar to the one held by Boyce in the photo above), has become a treasured example of US firearms history.

    The gun is now on display in the Buffalo Bill museum in Wyoming. Fittingly, Buffalo Bill was one of James' boyhood heroes.

    14:34: A4 blocked: PSNI

    A vehicle has shed its load on the A4 carriageway. Overtaking lanes on both sides of carriageway affected. Please avoid the area.

    14:22: No title tilt for Derry: BBC Sport NI

    Derry City manager Peter Hutton admits his side are not likely to challenge for the League of Ireland title this season.

    Derry City manager Peter Hutton

    Hutton is set to begin his first full season as manager of his hometown club with Friday's Premier Division game against Galway United.

    14:10: Power cut in Derry:

    Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan tweets:

    Derry power cut
    14:01: Roaming charges

    Reuters is reporting that European Union states have agreed that roaming charges for mobile phones that were due to cease by the end of the year could remain in place until 2018.


    Last year the European Parliament voted to scrap roaming charges within the EU by 15 December 2015.

    13:50: A frost-free night: Angie Phillips BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    It is going to get a little bit milder over the next few days and there'll be some decent spells of sunshine especially in the east this afternoon.

    Weather 4 March 2015

    There could be a few spots of rain this afternoon and it'll be mainly cloudy this evening so we should be frost-free tomorrow.

    13:39: Ministers visit Strabane site

    Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey and Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O'Neill have visited the site of a new centre for government services in Strabane.

    Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry

    The multi-purpose centre, which is in the early stages of construction, will provide a jobs and benefits office, and a Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Direct office.

    13:29: Stay posted for eclipse info Cecilia Daly BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    On 20 March we've got a solar eclipse and a spring equinox - I'll keep you posted on the forecast.

    Eclipse graphic
    13:19: 999 call in murder trial: Natalie Lindo BBC News NI

    A recording of a 999 call from the girlfriend of a man shot dead in Londonderry in 2013 has been played at the trial of the man accused of his murder.

    Kieran McLaughlin

    The court heard Barry McCrory's partner Elizabeth Timony telling the operator that a masked man had forced his way into her flat and that she thinks he shot her boyfriend.

    Kieran McLaughlin, 60, from Elaghmore Park, Derry, denies murder.

    13:09: Translink must take action

    The chief executive of Translink has warned that the firm could go out of existence unless it increases fares again or makes cuts to services.

    David Strahan

    David Strahan told the Regional Development Committee at Stormont: "If we do not take action, Translink is not a sustainable organisation and it will not be here in the future."

    12:59: Win some, lose some:

    Tuesday was a mixed day for rugby star Andrew Trimble - on one hand, his alma mater Coleraine Academical were beaten in the Schools Cup semi-final but it was also announced he'd signed a new contract with Ireland and Ulster.

    Andrew Trimble
    12:47: Soaking up the sun:

    Hope everyone's enjoying the spring sunshine as much as these alpacas in Portadown (thanks to A Steveneson for the photo).

    12:37: Ulster University's economic impact

    Universities UK says the Ulster University's annual output is £192m.

    University of Ulster

    The statistic is part of an infographic the body has produced showing the return from our universities as part of its opposition to higher education cuts.

    12:37: Church split on 'conscience clause': Belfast Telegraph

    A split has opened in the Church of Ireland over its attitude to the DUP's 'conscience clause' bill, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

    12:23: Twell to race in Antrim: BBC Sport NI

    Former winner Steph Twell will race in the Antrim International Cross Country event at Greenmount on 14 March.

    Steph Twell

    The Aldershot athlete, who won 1500m bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, helped Britain take European Cross Country team gold in December.

    12:13: Economic role of NI universities

    Universities UK has produced infographics on the economic role of our universities.


    The body, which represents universities, says higher education budget cuts here will affect the ability to provide a world class education and hit the wider economy.

    12:00: Teaching staff face cuts: Maggie Taggart BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    Education Minister John O'Dowd has told the education committee that schools are likely to face 500 job losses amongst teachers and 1,000 amongst non-teaching support staff.

    John O'Dowd

    However, the minister said it was too early to tell the full impact of the £28m cuts and it would be May or June before he had all the information from schools.

    11:49: Talkback talks to prisoners: BBC Talkback
    Prison special
    11:34: Are prisons fit for purpose?

    Coming from Hydebank Wood prison at 12:00, BBC Talkback will be asking whether Northern Ireland's prison service is fit for purpose.

    11:20: From one day to the next:

    What a difference a day makes. This picture was taken by Paige Browne in Limavady yesterday.

    Limavady snow

    The thaw continues and BBC News NI weather presenter Cecilia Daly explains that milder weather is on the way.

    11:09: Talkback at Hydebank:

    BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback team has arrived at Hydebank Wood young offenders centre and prison for an outside broadcast today.

    11:00: Executive to give £32m for gas

    The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster says that the Northern Ireland Executive will contribute £32m to a project to connect around 40,000 homes and businesses to the gas network in the west of Northern Ireland.

    Arlene Foster

    "It will bring greater energy choice for consumers and increase the potential for businesses and the public sector to use a cleaner more efficient fuel," she says.

    10:49: £15m retail park planned: Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that Ards and North Down borough council has granted planning permission for a £15m retail park in Holywood, County Down.

    10:39: Universities 'worth £1.5bn to NI economy':

    New reports released by Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster say that the universities contributed £1.5b to the Northern Ireland economy.


    The universities say that over 18.000 jobs created or supported by the two institutions alone.

    10:27: 'No panic' for Ireland: BBC Sport NI

    Ireland will not panic after the Cricket World Cup hammering by South Africa, says Irish wicketkeeper Gary Wilson.

    Gary Wilson given out lbw against South Africa

    The 201 run defeat "is simply a bump in the road for us", he says.

    10:17: Half of rivers 'polluted by fuel laundering': Irish News

    The Irish News reports that fuel laundering has polluted more than half of Northern Ireland's rivers in the past three years.

    River Enler
    10:04: Gas pipelines by 2017:

    BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell tweets:

    Twitter 4 March 2015
    09:52: Chair of new education authority

    Sharon O'Connor will be the chairperson of the board of the new education authority, which will be established formally on 1 April 2015. Ms O'Connor has been chief executive of Derry City Council since 2011.

    Sharon O'Connor

    The education authority will replace the five current education and library boards in Northern Ireland.

    09:42: Norbrook family to expand brewery: Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that family members behind Northern Ireland pharmaceutical giant Norbrook are planning a massive expansion of another arm of the firm - brewing.


    Station Works, which is run by the sons of late Norbrook founder Lord Ballyedmond, is undertaking a major expansion of its brewery in Newry.

    09:32: Blooming weather

    The snow and ice is thawing and signs of spring are becoming harder to ignore. Thanks to Paul McFarland for sending us this picture of daffodils in bloom in Dromore, County Down.

    Daffodils in Dromore

    If you capture any signs of spring in your area you can share them with us by emailing bbcnewsni@bbc.co.uk.

    09:21: Translink considers cost-cutting measures: Translink

    Translink says it is considering measures that would need to be taken as a consequence of the reduction of its government funding.


    A statement says: "As part of this, we are currently reviewing how we can best design our network to work within our allocated resources while protecting the routes most important to our customers."

    09:10: Circus decision criticised: Newtownabbey Times

    The Newtownabbey Times reports that animal rights activists have reacted angrily to a decision by councillors not to ban circuses that use wild animals in their acts from council-owned land.

    Lion in captivity
    09:00: Union boss warns of Translink cuts:

    Public transport company Translink will face major cuts due to the reduction of the Department of Regional Development's budget, according to a union representative.

    Translink sign

    Davy McMurray of Unite told Radio Ulster's Good Morning Ulster: "There's a leaked document released by the chief executive of Translink stating that there'd be 20 local town services would have their buses cancelled, stopped entirely."

    08:54: Galvin returns from retirement: BBC Sport NI

    Gaelic footballer Paul Galvin is to come out of retirement and rejoin the Kerry football squad.

    Paul Galvin during his final Kerry match in the recent McGrath Cup final

    The 35-year-old was the 2009 footballer of the year and had retired after Kerry's opening game in the 2014 Allianz League. but trained with the Kerry squad last night.

    08:44: Bishops to be honoured: BBC Radio Foyle

    Retired Catholic bishop Edward Daly and the Church of Ireland bishop James Mehaffey will be granted the freedom of Londonderry at a reception on 24 March.


    Former editor of the Derry Journal Pat McArt said: "They were two very nice men but they had a core of steel. It's richly deserved."

    08:33: Frontline services warning

    Minister for Department of Regional Development Danny Kennedy has warned that services will suffer as a result of the 0.6% reduction in his department's budget.

    danny kennedy

    Mr Kennedy told BBC Good Morning Ulster: "You simply cannot cut to the level of £60m and expect to maintain all frontline core services."

    08:27: M1 crash reports: BBC NI Travel

    There are reports of a crash on the M1 between Lisburn and Belfast, Traffic is slow from J6 Saintfield Road.

    08:23: Cricketers may tour Pakistan

    The Press Association are reporting that Ireland could travel to Pakistan after confirmation talks have re-opened over a possible tour of the strife-torn nation.

    Ireland have beaten the West Indies and United Arab Emirates at the 2015 World Cup

    Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom has revealed that contact was made with the Pakistan Cricket Board in January about reviving hopes of the tour.

    08:11: Training programme for students: Clodagh Rice BBC News NI

    Randox Laboratories is offering students of science, technology and business at Queen's university a place on their new industrial training programme.

    Randox is one of the largest manufacturers of laboratory quality control products in the world

    The Apex scheme will create up to 40 opportunities each year for full-time undergraduate students to receive paid, full-time work placements throughout their degree.

    08:01: Ireland defeat Italy: BBC Sport NI

    The Irish men's hockey team defeated Italy in their final pool game of the World League Two in California to remain on course for a place at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

    Eugene Magee

    Eugene Magee and Shane O'Donoghue were the goal-scorers. Ireland will now face Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday.

    07:57: BBC Radio Foyle back at 08:00:

    BBC Radio Foyle will back on the air at 8am after technical difficulties were resolved.


    Listen to BBC Radio Foyle live here.

    07:56: Black ice

    BBC NI Travel tweets:

    4 March 2015
    07:53: Budget row:

    Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has responded to comments from UUP Minister Danny Kennedy about the budget allocation to the Department for Regional Development.

    Simon Hamilton

    Mr Hamilton said: "Its reduction of 0.6% in current expenditure is massively better than my own department or the likes of DCAL, DOE and DSD."

    07:45: Brighter days ahead

    Sunrise is getting that little bit earlier with each day as this picture of Ormeau in south Belfast sent to us by Emma Gornall this morning shows.

    Ormeau sunrise

    You can send us your pictures or comments by emailing bbcnewsni@bbc.co.uk.

    07:41: Having a ball: Clodagh Rice BBC News NI

    A yellow football made in County Antrim by LMInnov8s has been scoring in more than 50 countries around the world since sales kicked off in November.

    I'll be revealing the company's new project on Good Morning Ulster at 7.45am.

    07:35: Milder weather on the way:

    The weather is improving, it should get milder over the next few days but there is a risk of ice on untreated roads this morning.

    Weather 4 March 2015

    A good chunk of the day will be be dry and bright with some sunshine. Temperatures should lift up to around 8C or 9C.

    07:29: Ward closure protest:

    About 100 people have attended a public meeting about the proposed closure of a GP hospital ward in County Down.

    Bangor hospital meeting

    A public consultation is under way about whether to permanently close the 20-bed unit at Bangor Community Hospital.

    07:25: Delays on the A1:

    BBC NI Travel tweets:

    Delays on A1
    07:18: Ice on the roads

    Transports NI says that there is a risk of icy conditions in all areas this morning, including patches of black ice.

    Salting is under way on main routes and expected to be completed by 07:30. Drivers are advised to exercise caution particularly on untreated routes.

    07:10: Radio Foyle not on air:

    BBC Radio Foyle is not on air at the moment because of a technical problem.


    Engineers are tackling the problem and normal service will resume as soon as possible. In the meantime Radio Ulster can be heard wherever you usually tune into Radio Foyle.

    07:05: 40,000 to be connected to gas network: John Campbell BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    A project to connect around 40,000 homes and businesses to the gas network will be formally launched in Enniskillen on Wednesday.

    gas ring

    The Gas to the West scheme will cost around £250m, including a grant of up to £32m from the NI Executive.

    07:01: GPs could have saved millions

    Tens of millions of pounds could have been saved if Northern Ireland GPs had prescribed lower cost drugs, according to a new report.


    Stormont's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says NI doctors tend to prescribe more expensive branded medicines.

    07:00: Good morning!: Ciaran Daly BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live on Wednesday 4 March 2015. We'll be brining you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Northern Ireland up until 19:00 this evening.



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