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Changed Priorities: The 1990s

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/9780748641123.003.0007
Changed Priorities: The 1990s

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The trend towards politics that was established during the 1980s continued during the 1990s as the Provisional republican movement made its final move away from violence with two major ceasefires in the middle years of the decade. The republican militarist tradition proved durable as a series of splinter groups emerged for a variety of reasons. Factionalism occurred as a result of both ideological and personal differences as Northern Ireland moved closer to peace, the involvement of mainstream republicanism stimulating the military prerogatives of a significant minority. While the political transition of Sinn Féin is well covered, this chapter aims to consider how this influenced further division that occurred within republicanism as the peace process developed.

Keywords: Sinn Féin; peace process; republicanism; Provisional republican movement; Northern Ireland

Chapter.  14687 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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