The IRA 1956-69: Rethinking the Republic

The IRA 1956-69: Rethinking the Republic

by Matt Treacy


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While there have been many books written about the IRA since 1916, comparatively little attention has been paid to the organisation during the 1960s, despite the fact that the internal divisions culminating in the 1969 split are often seen as key to the conflict which erupted that year.This book rederesses that vacuum and through an exhaustive survey of internal and official sources, as well as interviews with key IRA members, provides a unique and fascinating insight into radical Republican politics which will be of interest to those interested in Irish history and politics.

The author looks at the root of the divisions which centred on conflicting attitudes within the IRA on armed struggle, electoral participation and socialism. He argues that while the IRA did not consciously plan the northern 'Troubles', the internal debate of the 1960s had implications for what happened in 1969.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719091209
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 02/12/2014
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Matt Treacy is a Researcher in the Dáil Eireann

Table of Contents




1. The 1956-1962 armed campaign and the reorganisation of the IRA

2. The ideology of traditional Republicanism

3. Abstentionism and the growth of internal divisions

4. The Wolfe Tone Society and the Communists

5. 1966 and the revival of the IRA 'Threat'.

6. Towards the National Liberation Front

7. The northern crisis and the split




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