Irish Republican Army

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Irish Republican Army

(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a militant organization of Irish nationalists founded with the aim of striving for a united independent Ireland by means of guerrilla warfare. Abbreviation: IRA

I′rish Repub′lican Ar′my

an underground Irish nationalist organization founded to work for Irish independence from England: its Provisional wing, until the 1999 peace agreement, followed a policy of terrorism. Abbr.: IRA, I.R.A.
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Noun1.Irish Republican Army - a militant organization of Irish nationalists who used terrorism and guerilla warfare in an effort to drive British forces from Northern Ireland and achieve a united independent Ireland
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Sinn Fein - an Irish republican political movement founded in 1905 to promote independence from England and unification of Ireland; became the political branch of the Irish Republican Army
Eire, Ireland, Irish Republic, Republic of Ireland - a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
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Enraged by their violent humiliations, he joins the local chapter of the Irish Republican Army, led by his brother Teddy (Padraic Delaney), taking up arms against the enemy.
In the Irish Republican Army, each new day brings a new challenge, whether physical or mental, training for war or adventurous training, in combat or in peacetime.
1916: After centuries of efforts by Catholic Ireland to throw off the rule of Protestant Britain, Irish rebels form the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and revolt on Easter, 1916, beginning years of bloodshed and guerrilla warfare.
Like the PLO, the Irish Republican Army has gone respectable.
Although the IRA is contained on a list of outlawed groups, Mr Justice Girvan stressed that the relevant legislation does not include any organisation called or known as the Real Irish Republican Army.
The crisis had been sparked partly by a dispute over the continued existence of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and its alleged links to Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein.
These are troubling times in Northern Ireland, where a murder last month of a Belfast drug dealer had been attributed to a group fronting for the Provision Irish Republican Army (Pira).
He said: "Obviously at some stage you will find that people who have been in Na Fianna will be called dissidents or Irish Republican Army members.
McCrory, of Sliabh Dubh View in the west of the city, faces charges of conspiring with Duffy and Fitzsimons to murder members of the security forces and belonging to the Irish Republican Army.
A reluctant agent of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) named Fergus develops an unlikely friendship with kidnapped British soldier Jody.
But O'Connor says senior figures Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, who oversaw the outlawed Irish Republican Army, should retire.
He refused to join the talks that led to the Good Friday agreement that provided for a power-sharing government between the main Protestant and Catholic communities, objecting to sharing a table withSinn Fein, the political ally of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) guerrilla movement.

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