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The Official Irish Republican Army
Irish Republican Army
or Official IRA (OIRA) was an Irish republican paramilitary group whose goal was to remove Northern Ireland
Ireland
from the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and create a "workers' republic" encompassing all of Ireland.[1] It emerged in December 1969, shortly after the beginning of the Troubles, when the Irish Republican Army split into two factions. The other was the Provisional IRA. Each continued to call itself simply "the IRA" and rejected the other's legitimacy. Unlike the "Provisionals", the "Officials" were Marxist and worked to form a united front with other Irish communist groups, named the Irish National Liberation Front (NLF).[2] The Officials were called the NLF by the Provisionals[3][4] and were sometimes nicknamed the "Red IRA" by others.[5][6][7] It waged a limited campaign against the British Army, mainly involving shooting and bombing attacks on troops in urban working-class neighbourhoods. Most notably, it was involved in the 1970 Falls Curfew and carried out the 1972 Aldershot
Aldershot
bombing. In May 1972, it declared a ceasefire and vowed to limit its actions to defence and retaliation.[8] By this time, the Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
had become the larger and more active faction. Following the ceasefire, the OIRA began to be referred to as "Group B" within the Official movement.[9][10] It became involved in feuds with the Provisional IRA and the Irish National Liberation Army
Irish National Liberation Army
(INLA),[11] an OIRA splinter group formed in 1974. It has also been involved in organized crime and vigilantism. The Official IRA was linked to the political party Official Sinn Féin, later renamed Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
the Workers Party and then the Workers' Party of Ireland.

Contents

1 The split in the Republican movement, 1969–1970

1.1 The shift to the left 1.2 August 1969 riots

2 Impact of the split 3 Paramilitary campaign 4 After 1972 5 Decommissioning 6 Deaths as a result of activity 7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading

The split in the Republican movement, 1969–1970[edit] The shift to the left[edit] The split in the Irish Republican Army, soon followed by a parallel split in Sinn Féin, was the result of the dissatisfaction of more traditional and militant republicans at the political direction taken by the leadership. The particular object of their discontent was Sinn Féin's ending of its policy of abstentionism in the Republic of Ireland. This issue is a key one in republican ideology, as traditional republicans regarded the Irish state as illegitimate and maintained that their loyalty was due only to the Irish Republic declared in 1916 and in their view, represented by the IRA Army Council.[12] During the 1960s, the republican movement under the leadership of Cathal Goulding radically re-assessed their ideology and tactics after the dismal failure of the IRA's Border Campaign in the years 1956–62. They were heavily influenced by popular front ideology and drew close to communist thinking. A key intermediary body was the Communist
Communist
Party of Great Britain's organisation for Irish exiles, the Connolly Association. The Marxist analysis
Marxist analysis
was that the conflict in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
was a "bourgeois nationalist" one between the Ulster Protestant and Irish Catholic
Irish Catholic
working classes, fomented and continued by the ruling class. Its effect was to depress wages, since worker could be set against worker. They concluded that the first step on the road to a 32-county socialist republic in Ireland
Ireland
was the "democratisation" of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(i.e., the removal of discrimination against Catholics) and radicalisation of the southern working class. This would allow "class politics" to develop, eventually resulting in a challenge to the hegemony of both what they termed "British imperialism" and the respective unionist and Irish nationalist establishments north and south of the Irish border.[13] Goulding and those close to him argued that, in the context of sectarian division in Northern Ireland, a military campaign against the British presence would be counter-productive, since it would delay the day when the workers would unite around social and economic issues. The sense that the IRA seemed to be drifting away from its conventional republican roots into Marxism
Marxism
angered more traditional republicans. The radicals viewed Ulster Protestants with unionist views as "fellow Irishmen deluded by bourgeois loyalties, who needed to be engaged in dialectical debate"[citation needed]. As a result, they were reluctant to use force to defend Catholic areas of Belfast when they came under attack from Ulster loyalists—a role the IRA had performed since the 1920s.[14] Since the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Civil Rights Association marches began in 1968, there had been many cases of street violence. The Royal Ulster Constabulary
Royal Ulster Constabulary
(RUC) had been shown on television in undisciplined baton charges, and had already killed three non-combatant civilians, one a child. The Orange Order's "marching season" during the summer of 1969 had been characterised by violence on both sides, which culminated in the three-day "Battle of the Bogside" in Derry. August 1969 riots[edit] The critical moment came in August 1969 when there was a major outbreak of intercommunal violence in Belfast
Belfast
and Derry, with eight deaths, six of them Catholics, and whole streets ablaze. On 14–15 August loyalists burned out several Catholic streets in Belfast
Belfast
in the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
riots of August 1969. IRA units offered resistance, however very few weapons were available for the defence of Catholic areas. Many local IRA figures, and ex-IRA members such as Joe Cahill and Billy McKee, were incensed by what they saw as the leadership's decision not to take sides and in September, they announced that they would no longer be taking orders from the Goulding leadership.[15] Discontent was not confined to the northern IRA units. In the south also, such figures as Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
and Sean MacStiofain opposed both the leadership's proposed recognition of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This increasing political divergence led to a formal split at the 1969 IRA Convention, held in December. when a group led by Ó Brádaigh and MacStiofán walked out. The split resulted from a vote at the first IRA Convention where a two-thirds majority voted that republicans should take their seats if elected to the British, Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
or Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Parliaments. At a second convention, a group consisting of Mac Stiofáin, Dáithí Ó Conaill, Ó Brádaigh, Joe Cahill, Paddy Mulcahy, Leo Martin, and Sean Tracey, were elected as the "Provisional" Army Council. Their supporters included Seamus Twomey. Accounts at that time suggest that the IRA members split roughly in half, with those loyal to the Goulding-led "Official" IRA prominent in some areas while the Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
were prominent in others.[16] IRA historian J. Bowyer Bell stated, with respect to the Provisional IRA: "There was some support in Belfast, although less than claimed" (p. 367).[citation needed] A strong area for the Official IRA in Belfast
Belfast
was the Lower Falls and Markets district, which were under the command of Billy McMillen. Other OIRA units were located in Derry, Newry, Strabane, Dublin, and Wicklow
Wicklow
and other parts of Belfast. However, the Provisionals would rapidly become the dominant faction, both as a result of intensive recruitment in response to the sectarian violence and because some Official IRA units (such as the Strabane company) later defected to them.[17] There was a similar ideological split in Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
after a contentious 1970 Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Ard Fheis. The leadership of Sinn Féin passed a motion to recognise the Parliaments in London, Dublin
Dublin
and Stormont but failed to attain the prerequisite two-thirds majority necessary to change Sinn Féin's constitutional opposition to 'partitionist' assemblies. Those defeated in the motion walked out.[18] This resulted in a split into two groups with the Sinn Féin name. Those supportive of Seán Mac Stiofáin's "Provisional Army Council", were referred to in the media as Provisional Sinn Féin[19][20] or ' Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Kevin St' and contested elections as Sinn Féin. The other group, under the leadership of Tomás Mac Giolla, was to contest elections first as 'Official Sinn Féín', then Sinn Féin The Workers' Party and aligned itself with the Official IRA, as the Marxist faction had come to be known. The party retained the historic Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
headquarters of Gardiner Street, thus giving legitimacy to its claim, in the eyes of some, to be the legitimate successor of that party. It was briefly known popularly as ' Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Gardiner Place'. The Officials were known as the "Stickies" because they sold stick-on lilies to commemorate the Easter Rising; the Provisionals, by contrast, were known as "Pinnies" (pejoratively "Pinheads") because they produced pinned-on lilies. The term Stickies stuck, although Pinnies (and Pinheads) disappeared, in favour of the nickname "Provos" and for a time, "Provies". (The paper-and-pin Easter Lily of the IRA was the traditional commemorative badge of the Easter Rising,[21] whereas the self-adhesive Easter Lily of the Officials was a novel invention, symbolic of the divergence of opinion between them). Impact of the split[edit] Initially there was much confusion among republicans on the ground; Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
for example, joined the Official IRA in 1970, unaware that there had been a split and only later joined the Provisionals. The Provisionals eventually extended their armed campaign from defence of Catholic areas. Despite the reluctance of Cathal Goulding and the OIRA leadership, their volunteers on the ground were inevitably drawn into the violence. The Official IRA's first major confrontation with the British Army
British Army
came in the Falls Curfew of July 1970, when over 3,000 British soldiers raided the Lower Falls area for arms, leading to three days of gun battles. The Official IRA lost a large amount of weaponry, and their members on the ground blamed the Provisionals for starting the firing and then leaving them alone to face the British. The bad feeling left by this and other incidents led to a feud between the two IRAs in 1970, with several shootings carried out by either side. The two IRA factions arranged a truce between them after the OIRA killing of Provisional activist, and Belfast
Belfast
brigade D-Company commander, Charlie Hughes (a cousin of the well-known Provisional Brendan Hughes). Soviet defector Vasili Mitrokhin alleged in the 1990s that the Goulding leadership sought, in 1969, a small quantity of arms (roughly 70 rifles, along with some hand guns and explosives) from the KGB. The request was approved and the weapons reportedly arrived in Ireland
Ireland
in 1972,[22] although this has not been independently verified. On the whole, the OIRA had a more restricted level of activity than the Provisionals. Unlike the Provisionals, it did not establish de facto control over large Catholic areas of Belfast
Belfast
and Derry
Derry
and its use of force was more defensive. However it retained a strong presence in certain localities, notably the Lower Falls Road, Andersonstown, Turf Lodge and the Markets areas of Belfast, along with a strong presence in Derry
Derry
(particularly Free Derry
Derry
in the Bogside
Bogside
area) as well as Newry
Newry
and South County Down.[23] Paramilitary campaign[edit] While the OIRA occasionally fought the British Army
British Army
and the RUC throughout 1970 (as well as the Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
during a 1970 feud), they did not have a strong paramilitary presence until early 1971. In August 1971, after the introduction of internment without trial, OIRA units fought numerous gun battles with British troops who were deployed to arrest suspected republicans.[citation needed] The Official IRA company in the Markets area of Belfast, led by Joe McCann, held off an incursion into the area by over 600 British troops.[24] In December 1971, the Official IRA killed Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Senator John Barnhill at his home in Strabane.[citation needed] This was the first murder of a politician in Ireland
Ireland
since the assassination of Free State Minister for Justice Kevin O'Higgins
Kevin O'Higgins
in 1927. In February 1972, the organisation also made an attempt on the life of UUP politician John Taylor.[25] On Bloody Sunday, an OIRA man in Derry
Derry
is believed by the Saville Inquiry to have fired a shot with a revolver at British troops, after they had shot dead 13 civil rights demonstrators – the only republican shots fired on the day and contrary to his orders.[26] The anger caused by Bloody Sunday among Irish people was such that the Official IRA announced that it would launch an "offensive" against British forces.[citation needed] However, the OIRA declared a ceasefire later in the same year.[27] The ceasefire, on 30 May,[27] followed a number of armed actions which had been politically damaging. The organisation bombed the Aldershot headquarters of the Parachute Regiment (the main perpetrators of Bloody Sunday), but killed only six civilians and a Roman Catholic army chaplain.[citation needed] After the killing of William Best, a Catholic British soldier home on leave in Derry, the OIRA declared a ceasefire. In addition, the death of several militant OIRA figures such as Joe McCann in confrontations with British soldiers, enabled the Goulding leadership to call off their armed campaign, which it had never supported wholeheartedly. After 1972[edit] Although formally on ceasefire (except for "defensive actions") since 1972, the Official IRA continued some attacks on British forces up until mid-1973, killing seven British soldiers in what it termed "retaliatory attacks". In addition, the OIRA's weapons were used intermittently in the ongoing feud with the Provisionals. This flared up into violence on several occasions, notably in October 1975. 11 republicans on either side were killed in the feud and a nine-year-old girl was shot dead by the Provisionals when they tried to shoot her father. In 1974, radical elements within the organisation who objected to the ceasefire, led by Seamus Costello, established the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA). Another feud ensued in the first half of 1975, during which three INLA and five OIRA members were killed. The dead included prominent members of both organisations including Costello and the OIRA O/C, Billy McMillen. However, from the mid-1970s onwards, the Official republican movement became increasingly focused on achieving its aims through left-wing constitutional politics. This did not stop sporadic paramilitary activity from the OIRA, who on 8 September 1979 killed Hugh O'Halloran in a punishment beating in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast.[28] O' Halloran was beaten to death with hurley sticks.[29] The two OIRA men who carried out the killing turned themselves in to the RUC; both were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in the Maze.[29] The army lost a number of members who gradually drifted away from the ceasefire up to shortly after the 1981 Hunger Strike, many either joining the Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
or the INLA or some simply dropping out. From 1981 on, Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
the Workers Party, renamed the Workers' Party the following year, had some success in the Republic of Ireland, but little in the North. Throughout the 1980s, allegations that the Official IRA remained in existence and was engaged in criminal activity appeared in the Irish press. In June 1982 the feud with the INLA flared again after OIRA member James Flynn, the alleged assassin of Seamus Costello,[30] was shot dead by the INLA in Dublin.[31] In December 1985 five men, including Anthony McDonagh, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the Inland Revenue in Northern Ireland—McDonagh was described in court as an Official IRA commander.[32] In February 1992 a British Spotlight programme alleged that the Official IRA was still active and involved in widespread racketeering and armed robberies.[33] These eventually proved a considerable political embarrassment to the Workers' Party, and in 1992 the leadership proposed amendments to the party constitution which would, inter alia, effectively allow it to purge members suspected of involvement in the Official IRA. This proposal failed to obtain the required two-thirds support at the party conference that year, and as a result the leadership, including six of the party's seven members of Dáil Éireann, left to establish a new party, later named Democratic Left. In 1995, some former Official IRA members in the Newry
Newry
area launched a "re-founded" Official Republican Movement (ORM). This group was believed to have engaged in attacks on drug dealers in the Newry
Newry
area in the late 1990s.[34] In 1997 violence erupted between the ORM and the IRA; two ORM members and two Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
supporters were injured in separate gun attacks.[35] There have been allegations of criminality against former senior Official IRA figure Seán Garland, who was accused in 2005 by the United States of helping to produce and circulate counterfeit US dollars allegedly printed in North Korea. Decommissioning[edit] In October 2009, after a long period of inactivity, the Official IRA began talks with a view to decommissioning its stockpile of weapons,[36] and in February 2010 the Newry-based Official Republican Movement announced that the process was complete.[37] The process was confirmed to be completed by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning on 8 February 2010, coming in the last 24 hours of the commission's existence.[38] The decommissioning was completed at the same time as that of the republican INLA and the loyalist UDA South East Antrim Brigade.[38] The step was described by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown
as a "central part of moving Northern Ireland from violence to peace".[38] In 2015, it was reported that up to 5,000 Official IRA weapons may still be hidden in secret bunkers. The weapons were allegedly supplied to the OIRA in the 1980s by the Soviet Union's KGB
KGB
and by North Korea. The report said that the weapons were to be used to defend Catholic areas if there was an outbreak of major sectarian conflict, and that the plan was known only to a few high-ranking members of the organisation.[39] Deaths as a result of activity[edit] According to Malcolm Sutton's Index of Deaths from the Conflict in Ireland, part of the Conflict Archive on the Internet
Conflict Archive on the Internet
(CAIN), the OIRA was responsible for at least 50 killings during the Troubles.[40] According to the book Lost Lives (2006 edition), it was responsible for 57 killings.[41] Of those killed by the OIRA:[42]

22 (~44%) were civilians, including 4 civilian political activists 19 (~38%) were members or former members of the British security forces, including:

15 British soldiers and 1 former soldier 3 RUC officers

8 (~16%) were members or former members of Republican paramilitaries 1 was a UDA member

The CAIN database says there were 27 OIRA members killed during the conflict,[43] while Lost Lives says there were 35 killed.[41] See also[edit]

Official IRA Belfast
Belfast
Brigade Official Sinn Féin Provisional Irish Republican Army Provisional Sinn Féin Workers' Party Eoghan Harris Henry McDonald (writer)

References[edit]

^ Statement from Cathal Goulding, C/S of the Official IRA, in early 1972, quoted in On Our Knees by Rosita Sweetman, Pan Books, London. 1972. ISBN 0-330-23320-3. p. 146 ^ Coogan, Tim Pat. The Troubles: Ireland's Ordeal and the Search for Peace. Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. p.113 ^ Taylor, Peter. Behind the Mask: The IRA and Sinn Fein. TV Books, 1999. p.84 ^ O'Ballance, Edgar. Terror in Ireland: The Heritage of Hate. Presidio Press, 1981. p.133 ^ Rekawek, Kacper. Irish Republican Terrorism and Politics: A Comparative Study of the Official and the Provisional IRA. Taylor & Francis, 2011. pp.1-2 ^ "Obituaries: Seamus Twomey, 70, a Leader of Provisional I.R.A.". Reuters. The New York Times, 14 September 1989. ^ "IRA itself is divided on stretegy, ideology". The Toledo Blade, 11 November 1971. ^ Holland, Jack (1994). INLA: Deadly Divisions. Dublin: Torc. pp. 17, 26, 39. ISBN 1-898142-05-X.  ^ Sanders, Andrew. Inside the IRA: Dissident Republicans and the War for Legitimacy. Edinburgh University Press, 2011. p.191 ^ Brian Hanley and Scott Millar, The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers' Party. Penguin UK, 2009. Chapter 12: Group B. ^ Holland, Jack (1994). INLA: Deadly Divisions. Dublin: Torc. pp. 41–54. ISBN 1-898142-05-X.  ^ The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers Party, Brian Hanley and Scott Millar, ISBN 1-84488-120-2 ^ The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers Party, Brian Hanley and Scott Millar, pp. 22–70, ISBN 1-84488-120-2 ^ Holland, Jack (1994). INLA:Divisions. Dublin: Torc. pp. 8–10. ISBN 1-898142-05-X.  ^ The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers Party, Brian Hanley and Scott Millar, p. 33 ^ See "The numerous faces of the I.R.A." This Week, 29 May 1970; J. Bowyer Bell, The Secret Army, pp. 367, 377 ^ Eamon Mallie, Patrick Bishop, Provisional IRA, p144 ^ Self, Identity, and Social Movements, Sheldon Stryker, Timothy Joseph Owens, Robert William White, (2000), p333 ^ Assassin, John Bowyer Bell, (1979), p118 ^ Sinn Féin, 1905–2005: in the shadow of gunmen, Kevin Rafter, (2005), p76 ^ The Easter Lily An Phoblacht, 5 April 2007 ^ Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin, The Mitrokhin Archive pp492 - 503 ^ http://cedarlounge.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/orm205.pdf ^ Jack Holland, Henry McDonald, Deadly Divisions, p10 ^ "John Taylor: Profile". BBC News. 30 January 2001.  ^ "Report of The Bloody Sunday Inquiry – Volume I – Chapter 3". Saville Bloody Sunday Inquiry. 15 June 2010. ^ a b "30 May 1972: Official IRA declares ceasefire". On this day. BBC Online. Retrieved 13 June 2013.  ^ Sutton Index of Deaths – 1979 Conflict Archive on the INternet ^ a b 1169 and Counting. Retrieved 23-01-11 ^ A Chronology of the Conflict – 1982 Conflict Archive on the INternet ^ Sutton Index of Deaths – 1982 Conflict Archive on the INternet] ^ Derek Dunne: In Dublin
Dublin
Magazine, October 1987 ^ De Baroid, Ciaran (1989). Ballymurphy and the Irish War. Pluto Press. ISBN 0-7453-1514-3.  ^ Holland, Jack; Markey, Patrick (21–27 October 1998). "North's major drug baron shot dead in Newry". Irish Echo. Retrieved 4 March 2016.  ^ Moriarty, Gerry (17 July 1997). "Four injured as republicans feud". Irish Times. Retrieved 4 March 2016.  ^ Newstin – News and Metadata Technology Innovations[dead link] ^ "Official IRA, INLA weapons beyond use", UTV News, 8 February 2010. Archived 25 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b c Three more Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
terrorist groups lay down their arms The Times Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Official IRA "doomsday" bunkers may still contain thousands of weapons". Belfast
Belfast
Telegraph. 31 May 2015. ^ "Sutton Index of Deaths: Organisation responsible for the death". Conflict Archive on the Internet
Conflict Archive on the Internet
(CAIN). Retrieved 1 September 2014.  ^ a b David McKittrick et al. Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles. Random House, 2006. pp. 1551-54 ^ "Sutton Index of Deaths: Crosstabulations (two-way tables)". Conflict Archive on the Internet
Conflict Archive on the Internet
(CAIN). Retrieved 1 September 2014.  (choose "organization" and "status"/"status summary" as the variables) ^ "Sutton Index of Deaths: Status of the person killed". Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN). Retrieved 1 September 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

"Official IRA declares ceasefire". BBC News, 30 May 1972.

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Official IRA and the Workers' Party

General

Anti-Treaty IRA Sinn Féin The Troubles
The Troubles
(Timeline) Marxist-Leninism Popular front Two-stage theory Anti-sectarianism Officials-Provisionals split Free Derry United Irishman The Irish People Official IRA Belfast
Belfast
Brigade

Actions

1969 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
riots Falls curfew Aldershot
Aldershot
bombing

Personalities

Cathal Goulding Seán Garland Roy Johnston C. Desmond Greaves Joe McCann Ronnie Bunting Thomas 'Ta' Power Des O'Hagan Malachy McGurran Billy McMillen Jim Sullivan Kenneth Littlejohn Seamus Costello Eoin Ó Murchú Tomás Mac Giolla Francis Hughes Paddy O'Callaghan Mickey Devine Michael Gaughan Henry McDonald Johnnie White Seán Ó Cionnaith Mairín De Burca Hugh Torney Dominic Behan Martin O'Hagan Eoghan Harris Eamonn Melaugh Proinsias De Rossa Eric Byrne Pat McCartan Joe Sherlock Liz McManus Pat Rabbitte Seamus Lynch Michael Enright Eamon Gilmore Catherine Murphy Marian Donnelly Francie Donnelly Tom French Patrick Gallagher John Halligan Linda Kavanagh Kathleen Lynch Des Geraghty Mick Finnegan Ted Tynan Michael Donnelly John Lowry Gerry Grainger

Associates

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Civil Rights Association Connolly Association ( Communist
Communist
Party of Great Britain) Peace Train Organisation IMCWP INITIATIVE Clann na hÉireann

Derivatives

Irish National Liberation Army Irish Republican Socialist Party Democratic Left Irish Socialist Network Official Republican Movement

Prominent killings

Seamus Costello John Barnhill Gerard Weston

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Irish Republican Army
Irish Republican Army
(1922–69)

General

Genealogy Irish Republican Army
Irish Republican Army
(1917–22) British Partition ( Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
& Southern Ireland) Anglo-Irish Treaty
Anglo-Irish Treaty
(in relation to the IRA) Irish Civil War
Irish Civil War
(Timeline & Executions) Munster Republic Comhairle na dTeachtaí Irish republican legitimism Abstentionism Collaboration with the Abwehr The Emergency Plan Kathleen Haughey arms crisis Officials-Provisionals split

Organisation

IRA Army Council IRA Northern Command

Attacks

Battle of Dublin Battle of Kilmallock Anti-Treaty Guerilla Campaign Christmas Raid Sabotage Campaign Northern Campaign Border Campaign

Chiefs of Staff

Liam Lynch (1922) Joe McKelvey (1922) Liam Lynch (1922–23) Frank Aiken
Frank Aiken
(1923–25) Andrew Cooney (1925–26) Moss Twomey (1926–36) Seán MacBride
Seán MacBride
(1936) Tom Barry (1936–37) Mick Fitzpatrick (1937-38) Seán Russell
Seán Russell
(1938-40) Stephen Hayes (1940–41) Pearse Kelly (1941) Seán Harrington (1941–42) Seán McCool (1942) Eoin McNamee (1942) Hugh McAteer (1942) Charlie Kerins (1942–44) Harry White (1944–45) Patrick Fleming (1945–47) Willie McGuinness (1947–48) Tony Magan (1948-57) Richard Burke (1957) Tony Magan (1957) Seán Cronin (1957–58) John Joe McGirl (1958) Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
(1958-59) Seán Cronin (1959–60) Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
(1960-62) Cathal Goulding (1962–69)

Personalities

Cathal Brugha Liam Mellows Robert Erskine Childers Michael Carolan Richard Barrett Hugh Corvin Ernie O'Malley Tom Maguire Paddy McLogan Seamus O'Donovan Frank Ryan Máirtín Ó Cadhain Brendan Behan Dominic Behan Tomás Ó Dubhghaill Seán South Fergal O'Hanlon Manus Canning Seán Mac Stíofáin Joe Cahill Joe McCann Liam Kelly Tom Hales Peadar O'Donnell Éamonn O'Doherty Billy McKee

Associates

Cumann na mBan Fianna Éireann Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(1922–26 & 1938–69) Clan na Gael National Graves Association Comhairle na Poblachta (1929–31) Saor Éire (1931) Cumann Poblachta na hÉireann (1936–37) Córas na Poblachta Connolly Association ( Communist
Communist
Party of Great Britain) Wolfe Tone Societies Clann na hÉireann

Derivatives

Republican Congress Saor Uladh Provisional Irish Republican Army Official Irish Republican Army

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The Troubles

History of Northern Ireland History of Ireland Irish nationalism Irish republicanism Ulster unionism Ulster loyalism Books about the Troubles

Participants

Republican paramilitaries

Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
(timeline) Official IRA Irish National Liberation Army
Irish National Liberation Army
(timeline) Continuity IRA (timeline) Real IRA (timeline) IPLO (timeline)

Security forces

United Kingdom British Army Royal Air Force Royal Navy Northern Ireland Ulster Defence Regiment/Royal Irish Regiment Royal Ulster Constabulary/Ulster Special
Special
Constabulary Republic of Ireland Garda Síochána Irish Army

Loyalist paramilitaries

Ulster Defence Association
Ulster Defence Association
(timeline) Ulster Volunteer Force
Ulster Volunteer Force
(timeline) Loyalist Volunteer Force Red Hand Commando Ulster Resistance Linked to: Some RUC and British Army
British Army
members

Political parties

Unionist

Ulster Unionist Party Democratic Unionist Party Progressive Unionist Party UK Unionist Party Traditional Unionist Voice Ulster Vanguard Ulster Democratic Party

Nationalist

Social Democratic & Labour Party Sinn Féin Irish Republican Socialist Party Workers' Party of Ireland Republican Sinn Féin Irish Independence Party

Other

Alliance Party

Chronology

   

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
civil rights movement begins (1967) August riots and beginning of Operation Banner
Operation Banner
(1969) Falls Curfew
Falls Curfew
(1970) Internment without trial begins with Operation Demetrius
Operation Demetrius
(1971) Irish government enacts broadcasting restrictions (1971) Bloody Sunday by British Army
British Army
(1972) Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
government dissolved; direct rule from London begins (1972) Bloody Friday by IRA (1972) Operation Motorman
Operation Motorman
ends no-go areas (1972) Sunningdale Agreement
Sunningdale Agreement
establishes power-sharing Assembly (1973) Ulster Workers' Council strike brings down Agreement and power-sharing (1974) Dublin
Dublin
and Monaghan bombings by UVF (1974) Birmingham pub bombings
Birmingham pub bombings
by IRA (1974) Kingsmill massacre
Kingsmill massacre
by IRA (1976) Warrenpoint ambush
Warrenpoint ambush
by IRA (1979) 1981 Irish hunger strike; hunger striker Bobby Sands
Bobby Sands
elected MP; Sinn Féin begins to move towards electoral politics (1981) Droppin Well bombing
Droppin Well bombing
by INLA (1982) Brighton hotel bombing
Brighton hotel bombing
by IRA (1984)

Anglo-Irish Agreement
Anglo-Irish Agreement
(1985) Newry
Newry
mortar attack by IRA (1985) Loughgall ambush
Loughgall ambush
by British Army
British Army
(1987) Remembrance Day bombing
Remembrance Day bombing
by IRA (1987) Peace Process begins (1988) Operation Flavius, Milltown Cemetery attack
Milltown Cemetery attack
and Corporals killings (1988) British government introduces broadcasting restrictions (1988) Bishopsgate bombing (1993) Downing Street Declaration (1993) Shankill bombing and Greysteel massacre
Greysteel massacre
(1993) Loughinisland massacre
Loughinisland massacre
by UVF (1994) First IRA and loyalist ceasefires (1994) Docklands and Manchester bombings by IRA (1996) Drumcree riots (1997) Second IRA ceasefire (1997) Good Friday Agreement
Good Friday Agreement
(1998) signals the end of the Troubles Omagh bombing
Omagh bombing
by the Real IRA (1998)

Other issues and topics

Segregation Peace lines/Interface areas Parades Flags Collusion The Disappeared Shoot-to-kill policy Diplock courts Special
Special
Category Status Five techniques Punishment shootings Murals The Troubles
The Troubles
in popular culture List of books about the Troubles

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Armed Republican groups in Ireland

   

Earlier organisations

Society of United Irishmen
Society of United Irishmen
(1791–1804) Young Ireland
Ireland
(1839–1849) Irish Republican Brotherhood
Irish Republican Brotherhood
(1858–1922) Fenian Brotherhood
Fenian Brotherhood
(1858–1867) Clan na Gael (1867–1922)

Easter Rising

Irish Citizen Army
Irish Citizen Army
(1913–1947) Irish Volunteers
Irish Volunteers
(1913–1919) Cumann na mBan
Cumann na mBan
(1914–present)

Irish War of Independence

Irish Republican Army
Irish Republican Army
(Army of the Irish Republic) (1919–1922)

Irish Civil War

Anti-treaty Irish Republican Army
Irish Republican Army
(1922–1969)

Later organisations

Irish Republican Army Saor Uladh (1953–1957) Saor Éire (1967–1975) Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
(1969–2005) Official IRA (1969–1971) Irish National Liberation Army
Irish National Liberation Army
(1974–2010) Irish People's Liberation Organisation (1986–1992) Continuity IRA (1986–present) Irish Revolutionary Brigade (1987) Real IRA (1997–present) Irish Republican Liberation Army (2006–present) Óglaigh na hÉireann (Real IRA splinter group) (2009–present)

Authority control

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