Provisional Irish Republican Army


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Noun1.Provisional 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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From this impression of isolation originating from the government, including the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA)--an offshoot of the Irish Republican Army (IRA)--organized itself into a paramilitary organization to defend the Catholic minority's civil rights and to unite Ireland.
The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism, Timothy Shanahan (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009), 256 pp.
Maguire became active with the peace movement after three children of her sister, Anne Maguire, were run over and killed by a car driven by Danny Lennon, a Provisional Irish Republican Army man who was fatally shot by British troops while trying to make a getaway.
Libya alleges that beginning in the 1970s and continuing into the 1980s, the Provisional Irish Republican Army was given material support from Libya in the form of ammunition, arms, finances, and explosives.
The Provisional Irish Republican Army, Hizbullah and other extremist groups have all used this tactic of deniability, creating 'false flag' groups as a smokescreen while keeping their political options open.
Using records only recently released, McGladdery describes how the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) of using strategy of bombing "civilian" targets in England affected British government policy toward Northern Ireland.

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