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.
As a sideline, they also used to dabble in terrorism. Al Qeada and the Tamil Tigers are committed terrorists as they are willing to die to achieve their ends. The IRA were only ever involved in terrorism (think of bacon and eggs - the chicken was involved, but the pig was committed) and preferred to leave a bomb on a time somewhere in London, and slip home before it went off. The only times that they dared to face the British Army directly, such as Gibraltar and Loughgall Police Station, the Army slaughtered them.
And he didnt get a wage like bertie or those DUBLIN FOUR FUCKING BASTARDS,WHO WOULD NOT THINK TWICE OF SELLING US ALL OUT AND THATS WHO WE ARE NOW!
People with integrity and respect YES RESPECT,who understood or even tried to if you were different, and people who had a passion for doing what was right.Not like our FF fucking capitalist bastard government,who do not care about economic equality and fairness for all.Who do not want to improve old english draconian laws that were bored unto us,who only care about mercs and keeping up the pinstripe image.These Dublin 4 bastards are the rot of us all!
The other (newer more improved) IRA are into smuggling people,drugs,guns,brothels gangs..
People wont want socialism in ireland because we are greedy bastards it is at the core of us all and so we may rot and hoard and rot and hoard and wonder why why we are so angry yet so COMPLIANT about our own government and banksters who fucked us all up!
Why are they acting like they've earned it when they aint,look at your people and the debt can you earn that car?
First principle of even capitialism if you cannot earn it you do not own it!
The IRA had a lot of successfull bombing campaigns,and have relied on their ingenuity and good friends across the world,if it wasnt for these brave men and women we would not have our own government and freedom,which i think is more important than sucking up to some pecking order obessesed brit..
A lot of families were IRA like it or not,either somebody's friend,cousin,aunt,uncle,mom or dad was in the IRA.I hear of people who were in the origional IRA,the one's with the socialist conscience,who did give a fuck about the situation in the North and the spy rings the MI5,had on us all,who were INSTRUMENTAL IN COLLUSION WITH THE UVF,AND THE DEATH SQUADS WHO WERE 'ASSOCIATED',AND EVEN A BOMB IN DUBLIN!
There are a lot of people who sacrifised themselves for this organisation which had truth and not ratting out or selling out and socialism as its lifeblood.
THE IRA GAVE US FREEDOM IMPERFECT OUR GREEDY NON SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT MAY BE BUT IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A REAL SACRIFICE TURN TO SOCIALISM AND SEE THE LIGHT!