The Provisional IRA: From Insurrection to Parliament (Paperback)
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The Provisional IRA: From Insurrection to Parliament (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 24/06/2011
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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: 318 g
Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'One of those 'must read' books for anyone interested either in the struggle within Northern Ireland itself or in the overall relationship between England and Ireland' -- Tim Pat Coogan, former editor of the Irish Press and author of The I.R.A (1970; 2000).
'If we had to choose one person who served in the ranks of the IRA to contextualise the organisation's development from revolution to reform it would be Tommy McKearney' -- Anthony McIntyre, former IRA volunteer and ex-prisoner
'A reminder, whether agreeing with the arguments presented or otherwise, of the need for debate concerning the past, the present and the future' -- Pete Shirlow, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast

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