The Provisional IRA

The Provisional IRA: From Insurrection to Parliament

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Politics, Irish Politics
Paperback Published on: 24/06/2011
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Synopsis

This book analyses the underlying reasons behind the formation of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), its development, where this current in Irish republicanism is at present and its prospects for the future.

Tommy McKearney, a former IRA member who was part of the 1980 hunger strike, challenges the misconception that the Provisional IRA was only, or even wholly, about ending partition and uniting Ireland. He argues that while these objectives were always the core and headline demands of the organisation, opposition to the old Northern Ireland state was a major dynamic for the IRA's armed campaign. As he explores the makeup and strategy of the IRA he is not uncritical, examining alternative options available to the movement at different periods, arguing that its inability to develop a clear socialist programme has limited its effectiveness and reach.

This authoritative and engaging history provides a fascinating insight into the workings and dynamics of a modern resistance movement.

  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • ISBN: 9780745330747
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 335g
  • Dimensions: 215 x 135 mm

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