The real epilogue to the events and ideological debates described in this book was not only the armed conflict that lasted until the definitive Irish Republican Army (IRA) ceasefire in 1997, but also the political events culminating in the May 2007 agreement between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party to share power. Despite their claim that the Provisionals eventually came to adopt their strategy, the modernising faction gained nothing politically if that was the case. The leading figures in the inheritors of the both leftist and modernising position, the Irish Workers Party (IWP) and the Republican Sinn Féin, are Seán Garland and Ruairí Ó Brádaigh. Fianna Fáil built an entire new ideology around the defence and development of the state which republicans had rejected violently in 1922. For the Official republican movement, it became socialism within the context of the existing Irish states. Likewise, according to some of its critics, the current republican leadership has privileged the winning of democratic rights for the nationalist minority in Northern Ireland over the bringing about of a thirty-two-county Republic.
Keywords: Irish Republican Army; Sinn Féin; Democratic Unionist Party; Irish Workers Party; republican movement; socialism; Northern Ireland; Seán Garland; Ruairí Ó Brádaigh; Fianna Fáil
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Subjects: International Relations
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