The Provisional IRA, the Irish border, and Anglo-Irish relations during the Troubles

Henry Patterson

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    Using hitherto largely unexplored governmental archives this article focuses on the security challenges arising from the existence of a land frontier between the Republic of Ireland and Northern and the signficance of issues of cross-boorder security cooperation for Anglo-Irish relations from the beginning of the Troubles until the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985. It argues that the relatively safe haven of the Republic was essential to the longevity of the IRA's campaign and that successive Irish governments exploited British security concernes to expand their political influence on Northern Ireland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)493-517
    JournalSmall Wars and Insurgencies
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2013



    • Irish border
    • security cooperation
    • IRA
    • Garda Siochana
    • RUC
    • Fianna Fail
    • safe haven
    • Anglo-Irish Agreement

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