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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WITH reference to the threats that John W Gray sees coming out of Afghanistan (Voice of the North, September 5), I am convinced that former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the man who held his hands up to the Irish Republican Army, brought terrorism onto the streets of London.
Britain's prime minister has vowed to support compensation claims against Libya by families of victims of the Irish Republican Army who accuse Tripoli of arming the group.
The Fifth European Day for Victims of Terrorism, on 11 March, resounded all the more forcefully following the killing two days earlier of a policeman in Ireland, for which the Continuity IRA, a dissident group of the Irish Republican Army, claimed responsibility, only two days after an attack by other dissidents had taken the lives of two British soldiers.
THE Real IRA was formed in 1997 after a split in the Provisional Irish Republican Army.
The attack, in which 200 people were wounded, was carried out by the Real Irish Republican Army, a breakaway faction of Irish nationalist guerillas.
That's the focus of drama documentary Frongoch - Man Geni'r IRA, which explores the early days of the Irish Republican Army - in a North Wales prison camp.
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Lavrov said Russia under-stood the change would take time, and compared it to the peace process in Northern Ireland and the role of the Irish Republican Army and its political wing Sinn Fein.
Patrick's Day parade in which the band played several songs glorifying the Irish Republican Army (including "I'm Backin' the IRA
Two prominent Northern Ireland clergy chosen to monitor a key part of an internationally-backed peace process say that "beyond any shadow of doubt" the arms of the Irish Republican Army have now been put beyond use.

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