Real IRA admits bomb attacks on Northern Ireland banks
The Real IRA has admitted bombing two banks in Northern Ireland as well as the UK City of Culture office in Derry, and has warned that it will continue to target economic interests.
In a statement to the Guardian laced with anti-capitalist rhetoric, the Real IRA said the bombings and future targeting of the banking system were its response to bankers’ “greed” and were meant “to send out the message that while the Irish national and class struggles are distinct, they are not separate”.
The attacks and the language used in attempting to justify them appeared designed to tap into the widespread public loathing of the banks on both sides of the Irish border.
The republican dissident group was unapologetic about bombing the office of the UK City of Culture 2013 in Derry last week. It said the office was a symbolic target because the City of Culture award to Derry underpinned British rule.
In its most bellicose warning yet to the banks on both sides of the Irish Sea and the border, the Real IRA said: “The IRA has recently carried out a number of bomb attacks on the banking establishment.