Irish Republican Army; a militant organization of Irish nationalists founded with the aim of striving for a united independent Ireland by means of guerrilla warfare.
The IRA wishes to drive the British forces out of Northern Ireland and achieve a united independent Ireland.
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A Paramilitary orginization in Ireland dedicated to the unification of Ireland though armed struggle. The modern IRA is the Provisional IRA, being formed in 1969-1970 after a ceasefire by the Official IRA. Originally formed for defence of the catholic community, the IRA soon began attacking military and police personal and even opened up a bombing campaign on the British mainland. Supplied mainly with weapons from Libya and funded by supporters in the US, the IRA is considered the most sophisticated paramilitary group in the world.
The IRA is the military wing of Sinn Fein
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A militant Republican army which split from the Official IRA in 1969 because of their refusal of violence. Started off mostly as a defence group but soon began attacks on British military personell. Primarily a green Republican group but from the mid 70s adopted a Marxist-Leninist outlook. Members have been trained in Libya and by the PLO and have maintained links with them and various other groups, including ETA and FARC.
Groups that continue to use the name and have not given into British imperialism are the CIRA, RIRA and INLA.
The Irish Republican Army originated in the 1800s and even before that, though not widely organized.
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Irish Republican Army. Formed in 1969 as the clandestine armed wing of the political movement Sinn Fein, the IRA is devoted both to removing British forces from Northern Ireland and to unifying Ireland. The IRA conducted attacks until its cease-fire in 1997 and agreed to disarm as a part of the 1998 Belfast Agreement, which established the basis for peace in Northern Ireland. Dissension within the IRA over support for the Northern Ireland peace process resulted in the formation of two more radical splinter groups: Continuity IRA (CIRA), and the Real IRA (RIRA) in mid to late 1990s. The IRA, sometimes referred to as the PIRA to distinguish it from RIRA and CIRA, is organized into small, tightly-knit cells under the leadership of the Army Council.
Traditional IRA activities have included bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, punishment beatings, extortion, smuggling, and robberies. Before the cease-fire in 1997, the group had conducted bombing campaigns on various targets in Northern Ireland and Great Britain, including senior British Government officials, civilians, police, and British military targets. The groups refusal in late 2004 to allow photographic documentation of its decommissioning process was an obstacle to progress in implementing the Belfast Agreement and stalled talks. The group previously had disposed of light, medium, and heavy weapons, ammunition, and explosives in three rounds of decommissioning. However, the IRA is believed to retain the ability to conduct paramilitary operations. The groups extensive criminal activities reportedly provide the IRA and the political party Sinn Fein with millions of dollars each year; the IRA was implicated in two significant robberies in 2004, one involving almost $50 million.
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The IRA's war is a thousand years old and more, it was started by those who would take as their privilage what could only be got and held by the decimation of a race.
While I don't condone violence and terrorism, I do dream of a united Ireland.
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Irish Republican Army, people who faught againts english opression and taxes dating back to the earliest years of english occupation of the fatherland. But never got fully organized untill the 1900s. Claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on english towns in northern ireland.
the IRA fight for the fatherland and a united ireland
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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

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Ireland unfree, shall never be at peace- Padraig Pearse
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