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
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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The searches spanned across woodland in rural south Devon suspected of containing weapons smuggled by Irish Republican Army (IRA) elements from Ulster, law-enforcers believe.
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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.
"I think we confounded the world by him, a pro-British, pro-Unionist politician, being able to work in a positive spirit with myself, an Irish Republican," said former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness, who became Paisley's deputy.
Based on unpublished archival material and Republican sources, this volume traces prime minister Margaret Thatcher's battle with the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1980 and 1981, when Irish prisoners in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh demanded to be granted ?special category status?
During the 1980s, he secretly acted as a conduit between the Irish Republican Army and politicians in Northern Ireland.
Pro-British paramilitaries shot Pat Finucane, who had acted for members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) guerrilla group at the height of Northern Ireland's "Troubles," 14 times in front of his wife and three children at his Belfast home.
The shootings were claimed by the Real IRA, a dissident group which opposes the Irish Republican Army's ending of its armed campaign against British rule.
But later the IRA claimed responsibility in a statement issued through the Republican News, to the Press Association, in which they said, "The Irish Republican Army claim responsibility for the execution today of Lord Louis Mountbatten."

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