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Inside the IRA: Dissident Republicans and the War for Legitimacy

Andrew Sanders


Who is the ‘real’ IRA? The Real IRA, the Continuity IRA, the Irish National Liberation Army, the Official IRA and the Provisional IRA have all assumed responsibility for the struggle for Irish freedom over the course of the late-twentieth century. Yet, as recently as 1969, there was only one Irish Republican Army trying to unify Ireland using physical force. This book explains how and why the transition from one IRA to several IRAs occurred, analysing all the dissident factions that have emerged since the outbreak of the Northern Ireland troubles. It looks at why these groups emerged, what the ... More

Keywords: Real IRA, Continuity IRA, INLA, Official IRA, Provisional IRA, troubles, Irish Republican Army, Northern Ireland, IRA, dissident factions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641123
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Sanders, author