The Split and its Aftermath: The 1970s

Andrew Sanders

in Inside the IRA

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641123
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652907 | DOI:
The Split and its Aftermath: The 1970s

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The 1970s was the most violent decade in the history of Northern Ireland. By the end of the decade, over two thousand people had died as a result of ‘the troubles’, roughly half at the hands of the Provisional IRA. The impotence of the IRA in August 1969 contrasted with its rapid transition to a movement capable of deadly insurgency. The split in the movement had been finalised during the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis of 10 and 11 January 1970. This chapter considers the development of these factions in the aftermath of this division. Approaches to post-split republicanism would prove crucial as the possibility of reunification as well as the threat of further division remained constant for both the Provisional and Official republicans.

Keywords: 1970s; Northern Ireland; Provisional IRA; insurgency; Sinn Féin Ard Fheis; Official republicans

Chapter.  21569 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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