Irish Republican Movement

Pragmatic peacemaker, traitor or still a republican terrorist?

Another week, another milestone on Northern Ireland's rocky road to a lasting peace. Sinn Fein's decision to drop 86 years of opposition to the police force and British rule of law removed the final obstacle to the restoration of devolved government in Belfast.

Saturday, 3 February, 2007, 12:00am

Asia's insurgents should follow IRA's example

Asia's insurgent groups should follow the lead of the Irish Republican Army and lay down their weapons in favour of genuine dialogue. Like the Republican guerillas, all their struggles have achieved is bloodshed and misery.

30 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Now the door must be closed on the IRA

Leaders of the Irish republican movement have become accustomed to receiving a warm reception in Washington for St Patrick's Day, but this year will be different.

16 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

The self-destruction of the IRA

The implosion of the Irish Republican Army has been so sudden and complete that it seems to defy explanation. For 30 years, the banned paramilitary group commanded the loyalty of a large part of Northern Ireland's Catholic population, and had significant support in the Republic of Ireland, as well.

15 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Giving peace a chance

TO the IRA, disarmament has always been the equivalent of surrender. The world's best organised and chillingly disciplined terrorist group knows that without weapons and the fear they induce, it risks being sidelined. Indisputably, its campaign of terrorism has led to the deployment of thousands of British troops and armed police over the last 30 years.

7 May 2000 - 12:00am

Clinging on to peace

THE Irish Republican Army offered too little too late. And this weekend the troubled province of Northern Ireland is once again sailing through uncharted waters.

13 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

IRA prepares for new wave of violence

Republican guerillas have begun to recruit new members as hopes for a breakthrough in talks on securing a permanent peace in Northern Ireland appear to be faltering.

Political leaders return to the province today after 2.5 days of negotiations with former US senator George Mitchell in London for a review of last year's Good Friday power-sharing agreement.

21 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

PMs vow to carry on after IRA setback

The British and Irish prime ministers were flying back to Northern Ireland late last night to launch a final push to break the deadlock over IRA disarmament threatening last year's historic peace deal.

1 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

'Yes' vote no guarantee of peace

The battle for peace may not be over even if the majority who vote in tomorrow's referendum are in favour of an agreement designed to establish a permanent armistice, experts have warned.

With just hours to go, polls suggested up to 25 per cent of the province's voters were still agonising over how to vote and many others were determined not to approve the plan.

21 May 1998 - 12:00am

Boxing smart in land torn by violence

Even though Jim Sheridan turned his childhood home into a war zone when he went home to shoot his new film The Boxer, his former neighbours welcomed him with open arms: with one major exception.

21 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Giving peace a chance

Visiting Northern Ireland at the end of last year, the leader of Britain's Labour Party posed the crucial question hanging over the stalled peace process in the province.

20 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Enmity in Ulster

It has not taken long to extinguish the peace hopes for Northern Ireland which were sparked when the Labour Party won last month's British general election. The point-blank shooting of two policemen in the town of Lurgan on Monday has done more than destroy Tony Blair's offer of talks with the Sinn Fein nationalist movement.

18 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

The risks of calling terrorists' blind bluff

The call came through to the newsdesk, an Irish accent giving a codeword involving the name of a figure from Republican history stating that a bomb had been planted.

3 May 1997 - 12:00am

Weapons accord creates optimism

In the on-off world of Northern Ireland's political violence, there is at last cause for optimism with this week's agreement by the province's two biggest parties that serious talks can begin anew.

17 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Furious Major accuses Gerry Adams

LONDON: Mr Major openly accused Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams of backing terrorism, saying he was implicated in the death of Warrant Officer James Bradwell, who died on Friday after injuries in an IRA attack on Monday.

Mr Major was furious over Mr Adams' reaction to the bombing in Lisburn, Northern Island. Mr Adams said it should be seen as a warning to the Government.

13 Oct 1996 - 12:00am