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Irish Dissidents Call Off Meeting, Sinn Fein Still Playin’ it Cool

In International politics, Misc., Northern Ireland on August 30, 2006 at 5:32 pm

We posted the other day about a group of dissident Irish Nationalists/republicans (not Republicans in U.S. terms) looking to form an alliance to challenge the current leadership Sinn Fein, the political arm of the Provisional Irish Republican Army. The meeting was called off, and now the mudslinging in the press will continue:

Dissident republicans planning a united front against the peace process abandoned a meeting scheduled for last night… The organisers of the meeting had hoped to bring together those who are opposed to mainstream republicanism and elements who feel disillusioned with current Sinn Fein policies.

[…]

“Censorship did not work for the Brits and it is not going to work for the Provos,” he said. Mr Murray said that the idea behind the meeting was to “get a debate going”. A spokesman for Sinn Fein said that the party had no problem with the meeting.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out on our side of the pond, particularly in the historic Sinn Fein strongholds of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

For an intro to the dissident groups’ concerns and complaints, check out this good overview.  And for more on Sinn Fein’s reactions to this, read up on the internal review they’re currently undertaking.
(note: “Provos” refers to the Provisional IRA, the branch that has been active throughout The Troubles of the last 30 years and the group affiliated with Sinn Fein.)

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