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The American Dimension: How Support from America Directed the Path of Irish Republicanism

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641123.003.0004
The American Dimension: How Support from America Directed the Path of Irish Republicanism

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As the republican campaign developed over the course of the late twentieth century, the United States of America and its considerable Irish population became an important actor. The influence of Irish-America helped to direct the path of republicanism, both politically and militarily, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s, as US-based organisations and individuals sent large sums of money to Ireland, much of which supported and enhanced the military campaign of the IRA. The tactics deployed by republicans in the United States established a platform from which funds could be raised to enhance the republican struggle in Ireland. This chapter considers the establishment of Irish-American support for Irish republicans during the early 1970s and how this aspect of the republican struggle impacted on the recent split in the movement.

Keywords: republican campaign; USA; Irish-American support; Irish republicans; IRA

Chapter.  14125 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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