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Abstract of Important Events - The re-emergence of the Irish Republican Army (IRA)



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Text and Research: Martin Melaugh
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Introduction
This is one of a number of files which provide a very brief abstract of important events during the Northern Ireland conflict. Some of the events are dealt with in greater detail elsewhere (check, for example, Key Events and the corresponding entry in the chronology).

The re-emergence of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the question of the constitutional position of Northern Ireland

The re-emergence of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) confirmed the worst fears of many Protestants. With the beginning of IRA violence unionists were also confirmed in their belief that the Civil Rights Movement had been a Republican front and that the true aim of the civil unrest was to achieve a united Ireland. As the IRA became active in Northern Ireland the issue of reform of the Northern Ireland state was to be replaced by the question of the constitutional future of Northern Ireland.




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