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The IRA was formed in 1969 as a clandestine armed wing of Sinn Fein, a legal political movement dedicated to removing British forces from Northern Ireland and unifying Ireland. (Add picture)

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GenghisTheHun (168)
In the long context of Irish history, the IRA is on the right and winning side. British policy in Ireland has been one, long, oppressive and rapacious regime. By 1914, the Irish, by legal, democratic, constitutional means, won Home Rule for Ireland. That would result in the re-establishment of the Irish Parliament that had been abolished in a corrupt vote during the Act of Union (Ireland and Britain) in 1801. The British Parliament suspended the Home Rule Act because of the outbreak of World War I. At the same time imperialist and Protestant British officials were stirring up the Protestants of Northern Ireland. The Irish were content to be part of the United Kingdom and hundreds of thousands volunteered to fight in the British Army. The British made a terrible mistake when they executed many of the leaders of the Easter Rebellion. That Rebellion and the repression, created a political sea change in Ireland that never was reversed. The Irish were no longer content with Home Rule but wanted Independence. In the election of 1918, Sinn Fein, wiped out all the opposition in the Nationalist areas and triumphed everywhere except the North of Ireland. Had the British kept the deal that they made when the Home Rule Act was passed in 1914, all might have worked out. But that was not to be. The Northern Ireland interests insisted on partition. The British were sympathetic to that but first the Sein Fein had to be put down. That was the era of Micheal Collins and the first civil war. The British lost, but the peace conference was conducted to settle and adopt the status quo which resulted in partition. I must skip over the Irish Civil War that followed causing the political divisions still extant in Eire. I won't go into the long history and the mutation of the Provos out of the IRA, but it is pursuing the concept of the united Ireland that was accepted by the British in 1914 and then betrayed. British duplicity and betrayal have been the watchword and the rule in Ireland. The rump government in Belfast terrorized and oppressed the Nationalist minority in the Six Counties for fifty years until the Brits could stand the stench no longer and put that government out of existence. The only reason that negotiations have reached the stage that they have is because of the gun. The Irish learned that the British don't honor pacts or laws, and only by force of arms shall gains be made in Ireland. That sums up the sad history of that lovely isle. Ireland was the first English colony and is winding up being the last. The irony is profound.

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jdconley (0)

we will spill the blood of the invidels that invade are nation

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Wallace1296 (0)
The British are bastards, and we Scotsmen should rise up and help the Irish, to repay them for their aid 700 years ago in the Scottish Wars of Independence. Erin Go Bragh

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designedtoexpire (0)
We are one nation. We shall murder and spill the blood of our enemies as long as ingnorance reigns. Aho

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CBrugha1916 (1)
All we want is for the whole of the country to be united. If it takes violence then that is the price. Americans who oppose I laugh at. If you were taught about an american group fighting england for freedom back in the 1700's you would be all for them.

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fb591051260 (0)
one of the ORIGIONAL terrorists groups

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bluff (0)
I used to worry about all that stuff but now after years of contemplating life, the universe and everything, all I want is a cracking looking blonde with big tits!

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Shimaine (0)
Sorry, but the Irish Republican Army was founded by Michael Collins in 1916, during the Easter insurrection.

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evolution (0)
violence is not good or wanted and when it is against innocents its criminal. But there is also a point when violence is not only justified but SHALL be used if no other means stands open.
Some actions of IRA and especilly splinter groups has been way over the limit for a freedom fight and merely been ordinary criminal actions.

BUT no crime is bigger nor worse than an government of a society commiting genocide against a people they rule and treat a choosen group of humans like a second rate of citizens. THAT is crime against the thought and meaning of a society, democrazy and humanity.
Therefore I vote 5 and wish IRA reach their goal and can dissolve themselves.

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UniteandWin (0)
Out of the two, I'd take the IRA over the Brits any day. At least the IRA and the PIRA rids the earth of the drug runners/dealers and other criminals (including the British profiteers and thugs they call sodiers) that kill so many more people and ruin so many more lives than the IRA or its splinter groupes ever did/will.

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pugwash01 (15)

Updated 03/14/2007 12:45pm It amazes me that now two people found my review not helpful, do they not have the guts to explain why. So I guess that he or she thinks Killing and murdering innocent people for a cause, is OK. Any kind of murder no matter what the cause, IS WRONG!!!!! Have some guts and air your views, instead of being a coward like most terrorists. I do not agree with the occupation of my country of Ireland. But I detest and disagree with bombs and shootings, aimed at causing mayhem to innocent People- Mothers, Fathers, Children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The IRA should never be praised nor England for their evil ways!! Totally understand what you are saying and us English should have given back N.Ireland years ago. But I cannot in anyway support the many evil acts that the IRA inflicted on the general public of England. Most of which agree that N. Ireland should be given back and Ireland be one!!! I absolutely abhor any kind of violence against the General public done by England or the IRA. Most of you who have looked into this, your history is good; but remember there were lots of innocent lives wasted, due bombings and shootings! Before people judge another country, look at your own and ask have we made any mistakes in our history? I'm just as ashamed of what my country has done, as I'am ashamed of what the IRA has done!!!

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irishgit (131)
There are a lot of splinter factions of the IRA, from the best known (Provos) to many lesser groups.

The IRA as founded in the wake of the Easter Rising in 1916, was an organization that used terror to fight an oppressor, and ultimately won a partial victory. They battled soldiers and militia of their enemy, and did not make a general practice of killing non-combatants.

The more modern IRA, since the beginning of the Troubles, has gone through various evolutions, from freedom fighters to terrorists, to outright gangsters, and back to some form of legitimate or quasi-legitimate politicians.

Some of the splinter groups are nothing but murderous thugs, who think that blowing the hands off postal clerks is advancing the cause of justice.

Very clearly, an organization in some turmoil, and at a crossroads in their history.

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mack4031 (0)
Fook the bloody british
"come out you black and tans come out and fight me like a man"

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randy4514851545 (0)
Do not disband destroy england and scotland should help just like 600 years ago when you helped us.

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Drummond (54)
Legitimate cause, but any methods of violent resistance aimed at civilians is wrong.

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oscargamblesfro (75)
I have a mixed view of this outfit. I abhor the violence but support some of their aims. The best reviews you can read here, by far, IMO, are by genghis the hun, CuChulainn, and irishgit. My question for A LOT of the American responders here is this: Have any of you people ever even heard of the Protestant paramilitaries and thugs? I'm wondering why there is 103 comments on this organization and just 13 for the UVF? I figure it comes down to a couple of things. Until quite recently, the UVF and similar groups got very little attention in the mainstream media. All you ever hear is IRA are terrorists and thugs. Ok, granted, not gonna dispute that. Most non-Irish Americans have a shadowy idea of Irish history: a vague understanding of a long history of oppression by England, which turns out to be over 800 years, something about a potato shortage, which in actuality was a cruel policy of exporting food to England while millions starved. Some people mistakenly think the IRA is religious based, but their targets aren't based in religious schism, unlike the UVF, who do target people based on religion. Now, in the northeast, there are tons of Irish Americans in Boston, New York, Philly, and other places, and some other places like Chicago have a strong contingent too. One of my ancestors was a prominent 19th century Fenian, so I'm a little biased. And yeah, I can't tell you how many Irish Americans I've known who have romanticized this struggle, or know very little about it, and who are, I guess you could say, only mindful of this oppression, and totally uncaring about similar issues around the globe. However, there is a huge information gap in this country regarding this issue. Part of the problem is that England is the country's biggest ally, and they don't want to step on any toes. We hear a lot about Irish Americans giving aid to this cause, and I agree, it's wrong to aid terrorists. But, we NEVER hear about Scotch-Irish and English fundamentalists here giving aid to the OTHER side, that happens too.Ian Paisley has an honorary degree from Bob Jones University, which is worth as much as a used rubber or a used piece of toilet paper IMO.

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IRA4life (1)
The IRA is not and never will be a "terrorist" organziation comporable to Hamas or Al Qaeda! Would the IRA ever try to take down the Twin Towers or destroy the Pentagon!?!?! I think NOT!!!! The IRA is not interested in slowly destroying the Western World, but rather its one and only goal is to recclaim the lands taken from it some 800 years ago. Sure, innocent people have died due to the acts of the IRA and many Englishmen and Irishmen alike have been murdered; however, after being raped, pillaged, degraded, and spat upon by Great Britain for centuries I think that by now the IRA is justified in almost any acts neccessary to secure freedom. So, in conclusion, I say long live the IRA now and forever!! And if you don't like that you can kiss my Irish Catholic ass!

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MariusQelDroma (35)
AS much a threat to democracy as Al Queda, Hamas, and the rest of the Islamic terrorist factions. Some people might even place them further up on their list of people to hate just because they close to where this group operates. Terrorists are bad bad people that need to lose more then just their birthday....

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boyle (0)
Best army ever up the ira join if u want united eire too

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ogkilla (0)
Too many people have been killed for a over-rated crown

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