Timothy Shanahan

in The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635290
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652884 | DOI:

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The Provisional IRA was born in December 1969 when the Dublin-based republican movement split into two factions over the issue of whether to pursue an offensive campaign in light of the arrival of the British army in Northern Ireland. For many of the current residents of Northern Ireland, the conflict existed for nearly their entire lives. Since the beginning of the conflict in 1968, over 3,562 people have died in Troubles-related incidents, almost all of them within the borders of Northern Ireland. These disturbing facts raise many questions. What were the Troubles all about? What kept the conflict going for so long despite the desire of so many people for peace? What did the IRA want, and why was it willing to inflict so much suffering in order to achieve its aims? What is terrorism and can acts of terrorism ever be morally justified? This chapter raises such questions.

Keywords: Dublin; republican movement; IRA; terrorism; Northern Ireland; Troubles

Chapter.  4173 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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