According to news reports, some rogue members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) are still devising terrorist acts:
BELFAST – Security forces in Northern Ireland have defused a 300 lb (136 kg) bomb in an abandoned van outside a police station, which would have been deadly if it had been detonated, police said on Friday.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said dissident Republicans opposed to Northern Ireland’s peace process had called in a coded warning to a Belfast newspaper but declined to say which dissident group had claimed responsibility. (Source)
The IRA may claim to be Catholic, but clearly they are not. No terrorist acts can be tolerated within Catholicism. While I sympathize with the abuses that the people of Ireland endured during their history and the desire of some to have Northern Ireland be united with the Republic of Ireland, terrorism is never an option.
I hope that every Catholic clergyman in Northern Ireland speaks out vehemently against this attempted bombing. The peace accord of 1998 has brought an era of relative peace in Northern Ireland. We can’t let these fanatics ruin it.