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Inside the IRADissident Republicans and the War for Legitimacy$
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Andrew Sanders

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641123

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641123.001.0001

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Irish-America in the 1980s

Irish-America in the 1980s

(p.168) Chapter 6 Irish-America in the 1980s
Inside the IRA

Andrew Sanders

Edinburgh University Press

As violence in Northern Ireland peaked in 1972, so did interest in the conflict from the United States of America. As Irish republicanism turned towards politics, the dominance of the Provisional republicans was assured through carefully controlled strategic efforts domestically and internationally, with the United States of America again crucially important. The onset of the prison campaign reinvigorated the American dimension of the republican campaign, as Noraid re-established itself as the dominant Irish republican organisation in the US and began to mould itself more closely in the image of its Irish counterparts; a younger leadership transitioning the movement towards acceptance of political participation. This created a rift that ultimately manifested itself in the form of a split.

Keywords:   prison campaign, Irish republican organisations, USA, Provisional republicans, Northern Ireland

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