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IRA: Irish Republican Army

A guerrila army situated in ireland, whose operations have been concentrated in the occupied north of ireland and on the foreign British mainland.Their main aim is to secure a united ireland which would involve driving out the british forces from the island of ireland. they had the support of many citizens of ireland mostly from the catholic nationalst community.

The organisation follows in the footsteps of a long line of armed revolution in Ireland, including a revolution mounted by Theobald Wolfe Tone, the father of republicanism, who himself was a protestant.

During an expansive campaign in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's the IRA was able to secure large quantities of weapons from the US, the Balkans and Libya. they used these weapons to mount the largest bombing campaign ever seen on the british mainland and gain many concessions and drive the british establishment to the bargaining table.
During this time the organisation was able to become the most powerful organisation in Ireland, basically destroying all loyalist organisations in the North and killing hundreds of british soldiers. They also managed to kill two intensively trained SAS soldiers, a major achievement for a volunteer force.
The IRA always has taken a hard line against drugs and has been known to kill dealers and importers. they have never used drugs to increase power or funds, unlike all loyalist groups.

Recently, after achieving their utmost with violence, the organisation have decided to follow a strictly political path. Support has grown through this initiative and they will achieve a united ireland through this method.

weapons have been decommisioned to secure representation of republicans in the government. Despite this, the IRA has the support, if ever there was the need for another armed campaign in Ireland and could wage war indefinitely.

The IRA are heroes

Tiocfaidh ar la

Ireland unfree, shall never be at peace- Padraig Pearse
by James Connolly November 01, 2007
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A paramilitary organization fighting against the English in Northern Ireland for almost 90 years. It is known as a terrorist organization, but members and supporters think of it as a liberation, freedom fighter organization. It is responsible for the bombings and deaths of many innocent towns and people, mainley the belfast area. Many people have harsh thoughts towards the IRA because they have killed many people. But remember that as far back as the 1600's, the English had been treating the Irish people like shit (Oliver Cromwell, for example), seeing them as the subhuman race, and over the course of almost 400 years of tyranny and oppresion, killed more Irish people than the IRA would ever dream of killing English people. So the Irish do have a reason to be pissed off.
Englands been fuckin' with us for more than 400 years, and the IRA has put its foot down to that
by DtredsterLIU May 26, 2007
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A hugely positve force in Ireland which contained many brave and heroic men up until 1949 when (most of) Ireland won its independence from England and hence forth lost its porpose. Faded since the war independence and the civil war when it led Ireland to winning its independence but re-emerged as a terrorist organisation in the 1970's pointlessly murdering hundreds of people. Do not mistake the Heros of the old IRA for the murdering Provisional IRA of the 1970's onwards.
Micheal Collins general in the IRA, squad killed many top british leaders in the war of Independence,
by sean obrien November 28, 2007
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A group which protected the irish people from the british army. fought for a united ireland where the british empire had no say over the country. also helped fight for catholic rights in northern ireland. the catholic minority were treated as 2nd class citizens causing them to be likened to the blacks in america. many held a high regard for the ira during the troubles as they offered protection from the largely sectarian RUC(police force). they used violence both as a defence and later to attack the british. the british labled them as terrorists and many suspected of being a member of the ira were badly treated.
irelandbritishwaspiraeireriraciracivil rightstroubles
by eireanngobraigh May 06, 2009
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Irish Republican Army, an organization variously labeled a terrorist group, rebels, freedom fighters or various other things. Contrary to some people who claim they kill without discretion, a quick look at the numbers will show that the ratio dead soldiers, politicians, cops and paramilitaries to the number of dead by-standers and civilians, is actually better then those of the RUC, or almost any standing army.
based on numbers taken from Wikipedia, about 36.7% of people killed by Republican forces where civilians, when in the entire conflict about 65% of those killed where civilians. Means that the Republicans did a lot better job of killing legitimate targets then other factions did. Also, estimates for the number of dead in Iraq exceeds half a million, when the US government has only ever estimated the number of insurgents as being around 20,000. So, that means at best 96%; but that is actually pretty typical for aerial bombing campaigns, and is probably much better then the Nazi siege of Leningrad (modern Saint Petersburg), or the fire bombing of Dresden or many other actions taken in World War Two
by eyezeek January 09, 2010
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Irish Republican Army, fighting for a united ireland (with out the british/english) have numerous times attacked (mainly) targets in London my home town although im irish. these include bombings on canary wharf, pubs in soho and north and south london and also several atacks on 10 downing streets (the prime ministers house) with improvised mortars in backs of pick up trucks and vans. - dates and times to come at a latter date.
IRA bombed omagh 30ppl dead.
by fenian_rebel January 02, 2005
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The IRA were once a proud organisation who stood up against military oppression and dreamt of a United Ireland. However, up until recently, grew into a bunch of evil thugs who thought bombing innocent people and using then as shields from bullets was an acceptable means of warfare.

They were intelligent, as they knew every nook and cranny of their homeland and how to disappear easily after engaging the security forces. However, this was the only tactic they were reasonably good at, as they could not wage open warfare on the enemy, as was proved on occasions when they tried and were slaughtered.

Fortunately, the British Special Air Service were able to wage a relatively successful counter-terrorism campaign on them. This includes The Loughall Ambush in 1987, when an entire bombing division of the East Tyrone Brigade were wiped out, and Operation Flavius in Gibraltar, 1988, when four undercover bombers were killed.
We should admire the days of the Old IRA and the Irish War of Independance. They were a formidable enemy. They stood up for what they believed in and fought herorically against one of the most well-trained armies in the world. But the Provisional IRA are terrorists. A whole world apart from their ancestors.
by Silver_Snake November 28, 2007
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