At Easter of 1916 an armed insurrection, launched by paramilitary republicans, took place in Ireland. When the General Post Office in Dublin was seized on Easter Monday, the rebels declared a free Irish Republic, independent from Great Britain. In the century that has passed since the Easter Rising, each generation of Irish republicans has mounted their own paramilitary campaign to bring about an independent united Ireland, from the War of Independence, to The Troubles, and right up to the modern-day dissident republican violence.
By bringing together a range of researchers, from across a variety of academic disciplines, this edited volume analyses the one hundred years of Irish republican violence from 1916 to 2016. The assembled authors assess the evolution of paramilitary violence through a variety of themes, including the IRA from 1919-21, the case of ‘the Disappeared’, the relationship between counterterrorism killings and Provisional IRA bombings, and the analysis of modern-day violent dissident republican statements. Bringing the volume to a close are two long-form interviews with two key actors within the Troubles, Danny Morrison and Billy Hutchinson. In these interviews they discuss their own perspective on one hundred years of Irish republican paramilitary violence. This book was originally published as a special issue of Terrorism and Political Violence.
Table of Contents
Introduction: 100 Years of Irish Republican Violence John F. Morrison and Paul Gill
1. Ferocious Times: The IRA, the RIC, and Britain’s Failure in 1919-1921 Andrew Silke
2. "The Last of the Mohicans?" The IRA’s "Operation Harvest" in an International Context Kacper Rekawek
3. Victims of Irish Republican Paramilitary Violence – The Case of "The Disappeared" Sandra Peake and Orla Lynch
4. Counterterrorism Killings and Provisional IRA Bombings, 1970-1998 Paul Gill, James A. Piazza and John Horgan
5. Shadowboxing in the Dark: Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism in Northern Ireland Rory Finegan
6. Terrorist Skin, Peace-Party Mask: The Political Communication Strategy of Sinn Féin and the PIRA Rogelio Alonso
7. Mainstream Revolutionaries: Sinn Féin as a "Normal" Political Party? Sophie Whiting
8. "Us" and "Them": Ulster Loyalist Perspectives on the IRA and Irish Republicanism James W. McAuley and Neil Ferguson
9. Reloading the Armalite? Victims and Targets of Violent Dissident Irish Republicanism, 2007-2015 John F. Morrison and John Horgan
10. Fighting Talk: The Statements of "The IRA/New IRA" John F. Morrison
11. An Interview with Danny Morrison John F. Morrison
12. An Interview with Billy Hutchinson Neil Ferguson and James W. McAuley
John Morrison is a senior lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of East London, UK. He is the author of Origins and Rise of Dissident Irish Republicanism (2013).
Paul Gill is a senior lecturer in Security and Crime Science at University College London, UK. He is the author of Lone Actor Terrorists (2015).