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Analysing Irish Republicanism

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A book, six years in the writing, sheds new light on the Republican movement in Northern Ireland.  The Origins and Rise of Dissident Irish Republicanism: The Role and Impact of Organizational Splits examines the origins of modern day dissident groups and the current and future threat which they pose.

“When we understand both the violent and non-violent activities within terrorist or paramilitary groups,” said Dr John Morrison from the University of East London, “we can have a better chance of countering their violent activity and deterring people from joining.”

The Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UEL was discussing his book on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed.

“In writing this book I aimed to analyse a process common to all human organisations and see the effects it had on a terrorist or paramilitary movement,” Dr Morrison told the show’s host Laurie Taylor. 

The book provides an understanding of how the Provisional Irish Republican Movement evolved from being one of the most significant threats to Britain and Ireland to becoming a legitimate political force.

“Through the analysis of interview data with leadership and rank and file members of both the political and paramilitary wings of Irish Republicanism the book looks at the origins of an array of violent Republican groups including the Provisional IRA, Official IRA, INLA, Continuity IRA, Real IRA and The New IRA,” said Dr Morrison.

Dr Morrison is on the governing board for the Society for Terrorism Research. He is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Notes to Editors

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