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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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The Twenty-first Century

The Twenty-first Century

(p.226) Chapter 8 The Twenty-first Century
Inside the IRA

Andrew Sanders

Edinburgh University Press

The close association between violence and politics was especially apparent during the early part of the new century as implementation of key criteria of the Good Friday Agreement caused unrest. This centred on decommissioning. While largely a symbolic act, with each organisation capable of re-equipping relatively quickly, it remained important. As the LVF began decommissioning in 1998, hopes for total paramilitary involvement in the process were high; in return, the LVF became eligible for the prisoner release programme that was implemented under the Agreement. Particularly divisive during these years was the Portadown Orange march, the loyalist perception that concessions to republicans were beginning to impinge on their culture fuelling violence province-wide.

Keywords:   violence, politics, Good Friday Agreement, decommissioning, paramilitary involvement, LVF, Portadown Orange march

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