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  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army.


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  • Like many on the British left over the years, Channel 4 finds it easier to pretend that the 1969-1994 nightmare was just a re-run of the 1913-23 period, and thereby would have its audience ignore the fact that the PIRA was a wholly distinct beast, one forged in the white sectarian heat of the 1970s.

    Irish Blogs

  • When a suspected PIRA was shot dead, there was much coverage, wherein the British Army claimed it was accidental.

    Ooooh….. I didn’t know that! « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • When terrorism succeeded in winning independence for the Republic, this further validated these methods leading to more support for the PIRA, etc.

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  • For those who served over the water, to what extent is it correct that PIRA disproportionately targeted black soldiers? on October 9, 2008 at 12: 42 pm | Reply soud1

    Whilst Rome Burns………… « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Those pesky PIRA and INLA people had such a tiresome habit of blowing us up.


  • Secret cabinet minutes on 23 October record him proposing to issue a statement making clear that the government was in no circumstances prepared to grant special status to the PIRA prisoners but that as part of the continuing process of penal reform they were prepared to allow all prisoners to wear approved civilian clothing.

    National Archives: Britain lobbied pope to intervene in IRA hunger strike

  • But is it good enough? so the months went by and other things occupied the minds of Gus, Carole and Fat Martin - Ireland, and the constant battles against the PIRA, who had become very active again, trying to lead the North on its inevitable journey towards the Kremlin, cloaking its activities in old clothes of spite and vengeance; problems in the Middle East; clashes throughout the world.

    Final Resting Place of The Pen

  • The Provisional IRA, after all, had itself originally splintered off from the Official IRA because the PIRA thought the Officials had sold out to the British.

    Replacing the sheep

  • The police do not have anything like that degree of intelligence – not least because one of the conditions Sinn Fein/PIRA laid down was the emasculation of the police.

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  • I have no doubt that the leaders of Sinn Fein and the umm former leaders of the PIRA know exactly who perpetrated this act - they know the leaders of the RIRA as they served with them for many years and they know how the RIRA is funded intimately as these means were arranged decades ago.

    Two I.R.A. Splinter Groups Return to Violence - The Lede Blog -


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