After a targeted bomb attack killed a police officer in Omagh, Northern Ireland, last weekend, concerns over security and “The Troubles” have emerged among travelers. Anyone with worries or questions about safety when traveling Northern Ireland should read Ireland travel expert Bernd Biege’s post on the topic before pushing the panic button and changing their plans.
He echoes comments we heard from Belfast in Your Pocket editor Heidi McAlpin in our interview with her last fall. In short, these attacks are being carried out by a very small number individuals who are targeting law enforcement representatives. Overall, Northern Ireland is safe, and visitors should travel with the same precautions for their safety they would to any other location.
Speaking Out on Twitter
The atrocity has provoked outrage among residents of Northern Ireland who are unhappy with these actions.
A “#notinmyname” hashtag quickly emerged on Twitter from residents who wanted to speak out against the violence. In recent days, the comments using the hashtag have also become a place for a dialog about differing views within Northern Ireland and use of the hashtag itself. Some of our readers may find it interesting, so I’ve included a live feed of #notinmyname below.
Our prayers go out to the family of 25-year-old Ronan Kerr, the police officer killed in the bombing.