Who are the dissidents? : analysing changes in the sociological profile of violent dissident republicans in Northern Ireland

Taylor, Francis (2016) Who are the dissidents? : analysing changes in the sociological profile of violent dissident republicans in Northern Ireland. Doctoral thesis, London Metropolitan University.

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Abstract

This thesis presents an empirical analysis of a unique data set of 427 men and women who have been charged with criminal offences as a result of suspected involvement in dissident republican activity in Northern Ireland between 1998 and 2014. The charges result from involvement in the four main dissident groups currently active in armed struggle in Ireland namely Continuity IRA (CIRA), Real IRA (RIRA), Oglaigh Na h’Eireann (ONH) and most recently the New IRA (NIRA). Both official Government publications and open source dissident news material was used to create a violent dissident republican personnel database. This database was then used to compare the dissidents with the Old IRA of the Irish Revolution between the years 1916-1923. This study is primarily comparing and contrasting the IRA and how it has changed in 100 years. Conclusions are made on gender and religion, age and marriage and status and class. It contains policy implications for both practitioners and academics on how to counter the contemporary violence of dissidents in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Irish Republican Army (IRA); Dissident republicans; Terrorism; Terrorists; Dissenters -- Social aspects -- Northern Ireland; Republicanism -- Northern Ireland
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2016 08:48
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/1017

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