Challengers to provisional republicanism: the official republican movement, people’s democracy and the Irish republican socialist party, 1968–98

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dc.contributor.advisor Ó Drisceoil, Donal en
dc.contributor.author Finn, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-03T15:15:32Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation Finn, D. 2014. Challengers to provisional republicanism: the official republican movement, people’s democracy and the Irish republican socialist party, 1968–98. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1784
dc.description.abstract The Provisional IRA and its political wing Sinn Féin have attracted by far the greatest scholarly interest of all the players in the Northern Irish conflict. This emphasis is perfectly legitimate, given the centrality of the Provos to so many turning-points in the conflict, from the collapse of Stormont in the early 1970s to the hunger strikes of the following decade and the ceasefires which were followed by the Belfast Agreement. My project, however, looks at political groups that at one time or another challenged the Provos for leadership of the militant, anti-state constituency in Northern Ireland (chiefly based in the Catholic working class). Although never as large or influential as the Provisional republicans, groups such as the Official IRA and the Irish Republican Socialist Party sometimes had a discernible impact on the course of events which is overlooked by most studies, and often pioneered ideas and tactics that were later adopted by the Provos themselves. The idea that republicans should embrace political action and work in broad campaigning alliances was promoted by the IRSP and socialist groups such as People’s Democracy before it was taken up by Gerry Adams and his allies, while the Official IRA supported the principle of a settlement based on democratization of the Northern Irish state, which was later accepted by Sinn Féin in the form of the Belfast Agreement. The goal of my research is to provide a novel perspective on the conflict in Northern Ireland, while engaging with theoretical debates about its character. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, Daniel Finn. en
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dc.subject IRA en
dc.subject Northern Ireland en
dc.subject Troubles en
dc.subject People's democracy en
dc.subject INLA en
dc.subject IRSP en
dc.subject Irish Republican Army en
dc.subject Sinn Féin en
dc.title Challengers to provisional republicanism: the official republican movement, people’s democracy and the Irish republican socialist party, 1968–98 en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school History en
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