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Compiled: Martin Melaugh ... Additional Material: Brendan Lynn and Fionnuala McKenna
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initial letter of the name of the organisation
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Tara
A Loyalist paramilitary group founded in 1966 by William McGrath. The group promoted a religious brand of anti-Catholicism. Tara is believed to have acquired weapons and was also believed to have been infiltrated by members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). McGrath, a homosexual, had been appointed the housemaster of Kincora Boys Home in Belfast. He and two other staff members at the home were charged on 3 April 1980 with acts of gross indecency against the boys in their care. All three were later convicted of the offences.

Selection of Publicatons produced by Tara:
Tara. (n.d., 1973?) Proclamation. Belfast: Tara.


Tara Counselling and Personal Development Centre
An orgainsation set up to support victims of the conflict.
(xx)
(See: Details on vicitims organisations.)


Territorial Army (TA)
A reserve force of the British Army made up of full-time and part-time members. The TA recruits members in Northern Ireland but the troops are not deployed in the region.
[Web Site]


Third Force
The name given to a number of attempts by Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to create a 'defensive militia'. The best known example was the 'thrid force' rallies on 1 April 1981. At a number of these rallies large groups of men displayed firearms certificates. Rallies were held on hillsides near Gortin, Newry, and Armagh. At Gortin the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) was attacked and two vehicles overturned. On 3 December 1981 Ian Paisley said that the Third Force had between 15,000 to 20,000 members.


Thirty-Two County Sovereignty Movement
synonyms: Thirty-Two County Sovereignty Movement; 32CSM; 32 County Sovereignty Committee
The Thirty-Two County Sovereignty Movement (formerly known as The Thirty County Sovereignty Committee) is a Republican single-issue political groupingwhich is opposed to all aspects of the 'peace process' in Ireland. The group was formed on 7 December 1997 at a meeting of 'dissident' Republicans in Dublin. One of the founding members of the groups was Ms Bernadette Sands McKevitt, the sister of Bobby Sands who died on hunger strike on 5 May 1981. Some commentators believe that the group has political links with the 'real' Irish Republican Army (formed by disaffected PIRA members in November 1997) but this has been denied by both organisations. The 32 CSM launched its own political initiative. “Irish Democracy: A Framework for Unity” in November 2005.
[Web Site]


Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Trust
An orgainsation set up to support victims of the conflict.
(xx)
(See: Details on vicitims organisations.)
[Web Site ]


Time to Go (TTG)
A group set up in (England in) July 1988 to promote discussion on the issue of the withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland. A number of prominent figures in political and academic life were supporters of the group.


Towards Respect and Understanding (TRUST)
A project that was established as a pilot by Craigavon Borough Council's community relations programme. The project works with young people and their families in the Craigavon area. TRUST aims to increase mutual awareness and understanding and develop co-operation between the two main traditions in Northern Ireland.


Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV)
Traditional Unionist Voice is a political movement (/political party?) which represents unionists who are opposed to the political accommodation reached as a result of the Belfast Agreement (/Good Friday Agreement). The leader of the movement is Jim Allister who was elected as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MEP in 2004 but who resiged from the party on 27 March 2007 in protest at the DUP's decision to enter into a power-sharing government with Sinn Féin on 8 May 2007. TUV was launched on 7 December 2007. The four founding principles of TUV are: the retention of the Union between Northern Ireland and Great Britain; commitment to democratic devolution which rejects the mandatory coalition model; that the rule of law must prevail in every part of Northern Ireland and be administered without fear or favour; and support for traditional family values. TUV contested a local government by-election in Dromore, Banbridge District Council area, on 13 February 2008, and its candidate received 19.6 per cent of the first preference votes.

Selection of Publicatons produced by Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV):
Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV). (2007). Traditional Unionist Voice Leaflet, (26 November 2007), [PDF; 368KB]. Belfast: Traditional Unionist Voice.
Allister, Jim. (2008). Jim Allister MEP, Brussels Briefing, (March 2008), [PDF; 371KB]. Brussels: Jim Allister.
Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV). (2008). Then and now: 10 years on from the Belfast Agreement, (9 April 2008), [PDF; 63KB]. Belfast: Traditional Unionist Voice.

[Web Site]


Troops Out Movement (TOM)
A group that was formed in 1973 to press for the removal of British troops from Northern Ireland. The movement has attracted the support of a small number of British Members of Parliament (MPs). At various times opinion polls in Britain have shown considerable support amongst the British public for bringing the troops home. Extract from the TOM web site: "TOM was started by Irish solidarity activists in West London in late 1973. Its first main event, a large and successful public meeting, took place at Fulham Town Hall in early November of that year. TOM then expanded rapidly with branches being formed, first in other areas of London and then throughout England, Scotland and Wales."
[Web Site]


Notes:
(xx)     Indicates that an entry is being prepared.
(?)     Information is a best estimate while awaiting an update.
(??)     Information is doubtful and is awaiting an update.
[Main Entry]     Indicates that a longer separate entry is planned in the future.

For related and background information see also:

  • The list of acronyms associated with 'the Troubles'.
  • The glossary of terms related to the conflict.
  • The biographies of people who were prominent during 'the Troubles'.
  • The chronology of the conflict.

Sources:
The information in the abstracts has been compiled from numerous primary and secondary sources. The best general sources for additional information are:


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