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Irish-America in the 1980s

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/9780748641123.003.0006
Irish-America in the 1980s

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As violence in Northern Ireland peaked in 1972, so did interest in the conflict from the United States of America. As Irish republicanism turned towards politics, the dominance of the Provisional republicans was assured through carefully controlled strategic efforts domestically and internationally, with the United States of America again crucially important. The onset of the prison campaign reinvigorated the American dimension of the republican campaign, as Noraid re-established itself as the dominant Irish republican organisation in the US and began to mould itself more closely in the image of its Irish counterparts; a younger leadership transitioning the movement towards acceptance of political participation. This created a rift that ultimately manifested itself in the form of a split.

Keywords: prison campaign; Irish republican organisations; USA; Provisional republicans; Northern Ireland

Chapter.  8724 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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