A coalition of terrorist groups including the Real IRA, the Republican Action Against Drugs and a loose coalition of independent armed factions were said to be merging to form a “unified structure, under a single leadership”.
The union threatens to undermine progress made between Ireland and Britain in recent years, which culminated in a historic handshake between former IRA commander Martin McGuinness and the Queen last month.
The new paramilitary group includes hundreds of armed dissidents prepared to be “subservient to the constitution of the Irish Republican Army”, sources told the Guardian.
This is the simple history of Irish Republicanism….sorry, of the armed wing of it.
Been going on for a century or so at least. Group forms, fights, gets some stage closer to the United Ireland thing. The achievement of Eire, or joint rule at Stormont, satisfies enough that some retire (or, as some more cynical might argue, age and the delights of not hiding in ditches persuade some to). This leaves the hard core/the next generation of youngsters who find it exciting to reform some years later.
IRA, Official IRA, Republican IRA, now 32 County peeps etc.