The IRA (Irish Republican Army) – Today and yesterday by Kimberly Koerber-Bauer-Koerber

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(Óglaigh na hÉireann)

Northern Ireland shown in red
Formation November 1997
Type Paramilitary
Membership Unknown
Leaders Army Council
Key people Michael McKevitt
Volunteers 250–300 (as of September 2012)[1]

The Real Irish Republican Army, otherwise known as the Real IRA (RIRA), is an Irish republican paramilitary organisation which aims to bring about a united Ireland. It formed in 1997 following a split in the Provisional IRA, which had declared a ceasefire that year. The RIRA sees itself as the only rightful successor to the original Irish Republican Army and styles itself as simply “the Irish Republican Army” in English or Óglaigh na hÉireann (Volunteers of Ireland) in Irish. It is an illegal organisation in Ireland and designated as a terrorist organisation in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Since its formation, the RIRA has waged a campaign in Northern Ireland against the British Army and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), formerly the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). The RIRA is the biggest and most active of the “dissident republican” paramilitaries operating against the British security forces. It has targeted the security forces in gun attacks and bombings, as well as with grenades, mortars and rockets. The organisation has also been responsible for a number of bombings in Northern Ireland and England with the goal of causing economic harm and/or disruption. The most notable of these was the 15 August 1998 Omagh bombing, which killed 29 people. After the bombing, the RIRA went on ceasefire, but began operations again in 2000. On 7 March 2009 RIRA members claimed responsibility for an attack on Massereene Barracks that killed two British soldiers, the first to be killed in Northern Ireland since 1997.

On 26 July 2012, it was reported that Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) and other independent republican paramilitary groups were merging with the Real IRA. As before, the group continues to refer to itself as “the Irish Republican Army”

This man sort of resembles “Willie” who is our field manager in Bellringing for The Salvation Army. Willie is this ‘type’ with a different face and no facial hair.


A Firebomb Created by IRA in 1992


The Irish Republican Army is still alive and well today. This is a group that has not gotten very much press lately, but they still are around. An informant said that they were around when he, the informant lived in Buffalo, NY. (New York is where the famous “Calli Drug cartel” is supposed to have originated from).

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