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  Provisional Irish Republican Army - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Provisional IRA was initially a splinter group of the "Official" IRA, which claimed descent from the "Old" IRA, the guerrilla army of the 1919-1922 Irish Republic.
The name, the "Provisional" IRA arose when those who were unhappy with the IRA's Army Council formed a "Provisional Army Council" of their own, echoing in turn the "Provisional Government" proclaimed during the Easter Rising of 1916.
The IRA had an official policy of bombing only targets in England (not the Celtic countries of Scotland and Wales), although they exploded a bomb at an oil terminal in the Shetland Isles in 1981 while the Queen of England was performing the official opening of the terminal.
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 Irish Republican Army - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It is important to differentiate between what is termed the 'Old IRA' and the 'Official IRA' from the Provisional IRA (PIRA), a splinter-group which formed in the late 1960s in the wake of institutionalized anti-Catholic discrimination, riots and murders (mainly in Belfast and Derry).
After the Official IRA's 1972 ceasefire it and Official Sinn Féin suffered a split in 1974 leading to the formation of the extreme left wing Irish National Liberation Army and the Irish Republican Socialist Party, led by Séamus Costelloe (later assassinated by the Official IRA during a bloody feud).
A further split occurred in 1986, when the southern Leadership of Provisional Sinn Féin (as the political wing of the Provisional IRA tended at the time to be called), under Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was deposed and replaced by a new northern leadership under Gerry Adams.
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 Provisional Irish Republican Army Information - TextSheet.com
The Provos were initially a splinter group of the Official IRA, which claimed descent from the Old IRA, which was the army of the Irish Republic, (1919-22), and which split into pro- and anti-treaty factions during the Irish Civil War.
The split in the armed wing of the republican movement was mirrored in the separation of their political wing, Provisional Sinn Féin (later known simply as Sinn Féin), from the older organisation (which itself eventually became the Workers' Party).
The IRA has been observing a cease-fire since July 1997 (although hardline splinter groups such as the Real IRA are still active on the island of Great Britain) and previously observed a cease-fire from 1 September 1994 to February 1996.
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 political power   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Since then, the Provisional IRA's policy has been described as the "ballot box in one hand and the armalite [assault rifle] in the other." From 1981, the Provisionals not only pursued their militarist policies but also developed a vibrant political wing under the leadership of Gerry Adams.
Provisional Sinn Fein's fourth-place showing in the elections meant that the party would have two seats in the cabinet; however, the first minister, David Trimble of the Ulster Unionist Party, has refused to appoint Sinn Fein members until the Provisional IRA begins to decommission (give up its weapons), something that the IRA refuses to do.
The Provisionals were created by the disintegration of law and order in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 1972, and the failure of the police and the army to control the situation.
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The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) is a paramilitary group which aimed, through the use of violence, to achieve three goals: (i) British withdrawal from Ireland, (ii) the political unification of Ireland through the merger of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and (iii) the creation of an all-Ireland socialist republic.
The IRA's campaign against those perceived as standing in the way of its desired aims (which included the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the British Army, the Unionist establishment and, on occasion, the police and army in the Republic of Ireland) played a central role in the troubles in Northern Ireland.
The Provisional IRA was formed in 1969, with the stated aim of severing the political Union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and achieving the unification of the island of Ireland by force, in order to create a socialist republic.
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 Articles - Provisional Irish Republican Army   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Although the Provisional IRA had a political wing, Provisional Sinn Féin, the early Provisional IRA was extremely suspicious of political activity, arguing rather for the primacy of armed struggle.
The IRA had an official policy of bombing only targets in England (not the Celtic countries of Scotland and Wales), although they detonated a bomb at an oil terminal in the Shetland Isles in 1981 while Queen Elizabeth II was performing the official opening of the terminal.
At the beginning of February 2005, the IRA declared that it was withdrawing from the disarmament process, but in July 2005 it declared that its campaign of violence was over, and that transparent mechanisms would be used, under the de Chastelain process, to satisfy the Northern Ireland communities that it was disarming totally.
www.gaple.com /articles/Provisional_Irish_Republican_Army?mySession=39b22d166f7c12f79f29bded79e41611   (6195 words)

The Provisional IRA's activities have included bombings, assassinations, abductions of informers or those suspected of informing information to RUC or the British army, punishment beatings mainly directed against drug dealers, and other criminal offenders.
The IRA later stated that their target was a colour guard of British soldiers, and that the timer had gone off prematurely.
IRA detonated a huge truck bomb in the City of London at Bishopsgate, which killed 2 and caused approximately £350m of damage, including the near destruction of St. Ethelburga's Bishopsgate.
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 Irish Republican Army (IRA)
The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) was formed in 1969 as the clandestine armed wing of Sinn Fein, a legal political movement dedicated to removing British forces from Northern Ireland and unifying Ireland.
The Official IRA declared a ceasefire in the summer of 1972, and subsequently the term IRA has been used for the organisation that had developed from the 'Provisional' IRA.
Organized into small, tightly knit cells under the leadership of the Army Council, the Provisional IRA was the largest of the three republican armed resistance groups.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/world/para/ira.htm   (897 words)

 Boston.com / News / World / Europe / Police say IRA tried to abduct dissident   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Provisionals have been observing a cease-fire since 1997, but dissident groups called the Real IRA and Continuity IRA are trying to break it.
The IRA's refusal to disarm fully and cease all activities have undermined the key goal of the 1998 peace accord: a joint Catholic-Protestant administration for this British territory.
The IRA handed over an unknown amount of weaponry to disarmament officials starting in October 2001, but British and Irish intelligence estimate the outlawed group still retains the bulk of its Libyan-supplied arsenal.
www.boston.com /news/world/europe/articles/2004/02/21/police_say_ira_tried_to_abduct_dissident   (622 words)

 What Is An Ira   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Old IRA: The IRA was the name adopted as the armed section of the self-declared Irish Republic (1919-1922).
The Provisional IRA broke from this movement in 1969, INLA broke away in 1974.
Continuity Irish Republican Army: A breakaway from the Provisional IRA formed in 1986 by those angry with the route being taken by the Adams leadership in the Provisional IRA and Sinn Fein.
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 Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Provisional IRA denies role in £22m bank theft
The Provisional IRA responded to increasing speculation that its members carried out the UK's largest bank robbery yesterday by denying that it had any involvement in it.
The announcement from the Provisional IRA was made in response to repeated claims by the Democratic Unionist party, the largest in the province, that the Provisionals were responsible for stealing £22m from the Northern Bank in Belfast on Monday night.
But he acknowledged that demonstrating that the Provisional IRA was involved would have extensive political consequences for the peace process.
www.guardian.co.uk /uk_news/story/0,3604,1379514,00.html   (467 words)

 BBC - History - The Provisional IRA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Provisional IRA emerged in December 1969 when the IRA Army Convention agreed to end its policy of abstention and recognise the parliaments in Dublin, Belfast and Westminster.
By the time it ended the Provisional IRA was demoralised and their organisation infiltrated.
In May 2000 the Provisional IRA agreed that two of its many dumps could be inspected.
www.bbc.co.uk /history/war/troubles/factfiles/pira.shtml   (648 words)

 Sinn Fein, The IRA, and the Provos
The IRA leadership may be eager to end the war, but it faces a potential revolt in its own ranks among the grassroots in the prisons, the ghettos of West Belfast, and the rural hinterlands, determined to give no quarter to the British.
IRA engineers and backup volunteers were in position with the explosives and had a simple choice to make.
The IRA agreed to suspend the campaign for two weeks, after which the talks were supposed to take place at one of a number of suggested locations in mainland Europe.
www.utm.edu /departments/english/everett/oprovo.html   (8047 words)

 Irish Republican Army (IRA)
The IRA conducted attacks until its cease-fire in 1997 and agreed to disarm as a part of the 1998 Belfast Agreement, which established the basis for peace in Northern Ireland.
The IRA, sometimes referred to as the PIRA to distinguish it from RIRA and CIRA, is organized into small, tightly-knit cells under the leadership of the Army Council.
The group’s extensive criminal activities reportedly provide the IRA and the political party Sinn Fein with millions of dollars each year; the IRA was implicated in two significant robberies in 2004, one involving almost $50 million.
www.fas.org /irp/world/para/ira.htm   (641 words)

 Ex-leader of Provisional IRA @ workopolis.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
He served as chief of staff, the senior post in the Provisional IRA, after its formation in 1970 in reaction to sectarian violence in Northern Ireland and the deployment of British troops there.
He led the IRA delegation that secretly negotiated with the British government during the outlawed group's brief ceasefire in 1972.
McGuinness, who reputedly became IRA chief of staff in the late 1970s, once said of Mac Stiofain: "He thought everyone in Dublin should be dancing attendance on him.
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 Irish Times Article - Statement from IRA denies part in bank robbery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Provisional IRA has issued a blunt denial of any involvement in the robbery of £26.5 million (€37.85) from the Northern Bank in Belfast last month.
Mr Orde's claim and the IRA contradiction may now give rise to theories that the raid was some kind of "rogue operation" not sanctioned by the IRA leadership.
The IRA had already claimed it was not behind the robbery - a claim supported on a number of occasions by Sinn Féin.
www.ireland.com /newspaper/front/2005/0119/109897192HM1LEAD.html   (560 words)

 IRA Terrorist Time line from 1997
The IRA call Blair the 'naive idiot' now it seems they have found two other 'naive idiots' no disrespect intend to Rev Harold Good but he was used by Sinn Fein/IRA and their fellow travellers.
While the IRA terrorists who demanded this in their many negotiations down the years with the British Government still have not yet handed in one bullet or one ounce of semtex.
And Sinn Fein are still wed to the IRA and the common gangsters within it who rule their ghetto areas by the threat of the gun and hurly sticks as they intimidate people on a daily basis.
www.iraatrocities.fsnet.co.uk   (2236 words)

 IRA - Provisional IRA
Support for the IRA grew, and clashes between the IRA and Protestant activists and the British army escalated.
The Provisionals took their name from the declaration made during the April 24, 1916, Easter Rising in Dublin when the insurrectionists proclaimed a provisional government.
This marked a turning point for Irish Republicanism and signified the failure of the old IRA to defend the nationalist communities in the North.
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 THE BLANKET * Index: Current Articles
With his passing the first four Provisional IRA chiefs of staff are now dead, all from natural causes.
This lends a cruel irony to Cahill's role in the IRA split of 1969.
A year ago Joe Cahill made the extraordinary comment that the IRA had won the war, leaving his colleagues looking awkward when subsequently pushed by media interviewers to state if the war was indeed won then why could they not say it was over.
lark.phoblacht.net /cahillprovorip.html   (867 words)

 Please note: the Provisional IRA still exists | Samizdata.net
The IRA cannot disarm simply because it rules its fiefdom by violence,they may be gangsters,but they are also revolutionaries who have their sights on a United Ireland.
What is interesting is the IRA has no plans still to allow any verification that it has completely disposed of all its weapons, rather we are supposed to believe that an organisation such as the IRA can be trusted to do what it says it will do.
The IRA have made their announcement because they think that they are more likely to get what they want as a result.
www.samizdata.net /blog/archives/007860.html   (3274 words)

 Thousands Mourn Death of IRA Commander (phillyBurbs.com) | Europe
Adams, who served under Cahill's Belfast command in the early 1970s when the new "Provisional" wing of the IRA launched a campaign of violence to destabilize Northern Ireland, said Cahill had been a legendary figure within IRA circles.
He said that Cahill, as Provisional IRA chief of staff, pioneered arms-smuggling contacts with the Libyan dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi, then later took part in negotiations with leaders of Ireland, Britain and the United States as part of efforts to secure IRA support for the Good Friday peace accord of 1998.
After Protestants attacked Catholic homes in Belfast in August 1969, the old IRA split, with a new "Provisional" wing committed to defending Catholic turf and seeking the abolition of Northern Ireland, a mostly Protestant province of the United Kingdom.
www.phillyburbs.com /pb-dyn/news/89-07272004-338268.html   (604 words)

 RTE News - 1,500 active in Provisional IRA, says McDowell
The Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, has told the Dáil that up to 1,500 people are actively involved in the Provisional IRA.
The Minister said he believed internal consultations within the Provisional movement were at an advanced stage.
He said it was now a matter for the leadership to say that they would be ending criminality and paramilitarism and finish once and for all what he called their reign of terror in nationalist areas.
www.rte.ie /news/2005/0623/north.html   (120 words)

 RTE News - Former Provisional IRA leader dies in Navan
The former chief-of-staff of the Provisional IRA has died in hospital in Navan after a long illness.
Born in Leytonstone in England in 1928, Sean MacStiofain emerged as the chief-of-staff of the Provisional IRA after their split from the Official IRA in 1970.
Mr MacStiofain once undertook a hunger strike himself after the RTÉ Authority was sacked by the then Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, Mr Gerry Collins, because RTÉ broadcast details of an interview with him as chief-of-staff of the Provisional IRA.
www.rte.ie /news/2001/0518/ira.html   (235 words)

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