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Irish Republican Army

Syllabification: I·rish Re·pub·li·can Ar·my
(abbreviation: IRA)

Definition of Irish Republican Army in English:

The military arm of Sinn Fein, aiming for union between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The IRA was formed during the struggle for independence from Britain in 1916–21; in 1969 it split into Official and Provisional wings. The Official IRA became virtually inactive, while the Provisional IRA stepped up the level of violence against military and civilian targets in Northern Ireland, Britain, and Europe. The IRA declared a ceasefire in 1994 and another in 1997, and in 2005 announced that it had ended its armed campaign

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