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Violence in Northern Ireland

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 09 April 2009

Northern Ireland has been plunged back into violence through the activities of dissident Republicans. Linda Pressly visits Catholic communities to investigate the impact of the violence, and to assess the reasons for it.

She reports on how community leaders are trying to keep young people out of the clutches of the paramilitaries, and discovers an increase in so-called punishment shootings - which most people had hoped were a relic of the past.

Including an interview with the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Sir Hugh Orde.

  • 'Surge' in paramilitary shootings

    'Surge' in paramilitary shootings

    Dissident Irish Republicans are behind a fresh surge in paramilitary-style shootings, the BBC is told.

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  • 'My terror after knee-capping'

    'My terror after knee-capping'

    Matthew and Silvia (not their real names) describe the impact a so-called punishment shooting has had on their family.

    Read more on the BBC news website


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