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Banbridge, Dublin, Omagh
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BBC news item examining the emergence of the Real IRA from a split in the Provisional IRA following the implementation of the Northern Ireland peace process. The RIRA claimed responsibility for the Omagh bomb.
Police search the countryside for hidden weapons while commentary describes fears of the emergence of the Real IRA in the wake of the peace talks. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is seen on the day of the IRA's restoration of its ceasefire - he holds a copy of the Irish News with headline announcement. Commentary describes the rift between the Real IRA and the official IRA. Shot of Adams and Martin McGuinness at a press conference. Interview with unidentified official outside BBC in Belfast - speaks of the threat of the Real IRA. Shots of Gardai examining car which they had intercepted - the car contained a Real IRA bomb. An RUC station in Newry which was attacked by Real IRA. Footage of car bomb damage in Banbridge. Ex-IRA man and writer Eamon Collins talks about the futility of the Real IRA's 'war of attrition'. Meeting of the Real IRA's support group, the 32 County Sovereignty Committee: attending is Bernadette Sands McKevitt.(sister of hunger striker Bobby). The funeral of Real IRA man, Ronan McLoughlan, in Ballymun, Dublin, attended by Sands McKevitt and her partner, Mickey McKevitt. Also in attendance was Omagh councillor Francie Mackie. A press conference of the 32 County Sovereignty Committee. Shots of the damage in the aftermath of the Omagh bombing are shown as commentary states that the group has distanced itself from the atrocity.
Reporter - Stephen Walker, BBC Newsline