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Irish terror attack a 'strong possibility'


The threat level to Great Britain from Irish-related terrorism has been raised from moderate to substantial.


Home Secretary Theresa May said it meant an attack was a "strong possibility".


It was the first time this threat level had been published, the Home Office confirmed.


The head of security service MI5 warned last week that dissident republicans opposed to British rule in Northern Ireland could strike mainland Britain.


The threat from Irish-related terrorism to Great Britain is still lower than the overall threat from international terrorism, which remains unchanged at "severe".


'Persistent rise'


The new category of threat from Ireland applies to England, Wales and Scotland but not Northern Ireland, where the level also remains "severe".


Mrs May said: "The director-general of the security service has informed me that he has raised the threat to Great Britain from Irish-related terrorism from moderate to substantial, meaning that an attack is a strong possibility.


"Judgments are based on a broad range of factors, including the intent and capabilities of terrorist groups."


She said the information was being released to encourage people to remain vigilant, and a balance needed to be struck between keeping people alert and not alarming them.


MI5 Director-General Jonathan Evans said last week there had been a "persistent rise" in activity and ambition by dissidents in Northern Ireland over the past three years.


He said they did not have the capacity to return to the levels of violence caused by the Provisional IRA in the Troubles, but presented a "real and rising" security challenge.


Dissident republicans were responsible for more than 30 attacks or attempted attacks on national security targets since the start of the year, compared to about 20 for the whole of last year, he said.


The Real IRA recently hit out at Britain's "colonial and capitalist" system, threatening to target the City of London's financial institutions.


Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said: "Clearly we have got to be concerned by what Jonathan Evans said."



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Guest ObiChrisKenobi

Aye, its been going on for decades man, but its only since the news (and America) sensationalised it that it became scary and pants wetting.

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pick up the hotline to the states and inform them we've a situation involving terrorists that we require their assistance in resolving


send the fucking boys 'round man, give paddy a taste of american diplomacy at it's best


but seriously they can fuck right off with this shit again, wankers

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