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The IRA in Britain, 1919-1923'In the Heart of Enemy Lines'$
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Gerard Noonan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380260

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380260.001.0001

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‘We are doing what you are doing in Ireland’

‘We are doing what you are doing in Ireland’

IRA Operations in Britain, January 1919–July 1921

(p.135) Chapter 3 ‘We are doing what you are doing in Ireland’
The IRA in Britain, 1919-1923

Gerard Noonan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines republican violence in Britain during the war of independence. Arson attacks against property mounted between November 1920 and July 1921 are the main focus of study, though unsuccessful assassination attempts during and outside this period are also detailed. All aspects of the topic are considered including the motives behind and aims of the campaign, the planning and execution of attacks and the consequences of the violence. Republicans mounted at least 239 attacks in the seven-and-a-half month period prior to the suspension of hostilities in July 1921, with Lancashire accounting for almost half. Five people died. Comparing and contrasting the campaign with that carried out by the IRA in Ireland, the author concludes that the two had differing aims: the former was carried out in support of, or was an auxiliary to, the latter. While the political effect of the campaign is difficult to state, it is argued that it brought home to British politicians the implications of their Irish policy.

Keywords:   Arson, Assassination, Irish Republican Army, Violence

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