As I write Shaimaa is grabbing our technical equipment and heading to the airport for tomorrow’s special programme live from Belfast. In the last 48 hours 2 soldiers and a policeman have been shot dead in two separate incidents. The first murders of security forces in more than a decade.
The programme will be hosted by the Sony Award winning presenter Stephen Nolan, from an as yet undecided location. He’s born and bred in Belfast and presents radio and TV programmes on BBC Radio Ulster and our sister station here in the UK BBC Radio Five Live. There is, frankly, no-one better to illustrate to the world what the mood is like in Northern Ireland at the moment.
We’re also hoping that the BBC’s former Ireland Correspondent Dennis Murray will join us. He spent more than 20 years reporting on the troubles and the peace process for the BBC.
We’ll bring you stories of people living in the heart of the communities facing this upsurge in violence and see if they agree with the sentiments of some that Northern Ireland is now staring into the abyss. If you have any questions for the people taking part in the show post below……