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Reloading the Armalite? Victims and Targets of Violent Dissident Irish Republicanism, 2007-2015


Reloading the Armalite? Victims and Targets of Violent Dissident Irish Republicanism, 2007-2015

Abstract: 

The centenary of the 1916 Rising marks a time of peaceful commemoration, across the island of Ireland. However, several violent dissident republican groups wish to seize it as an opportunity to re-organise in an attempt to bolster and legitimise their sustained paramilitary campaign. This study seeks to provide a greater understanding of how this paramilitary activity has manifested from 2007 to mid-2015. We do this by assessing target selection, through analysis of the Violent Dissident Republican (VDR) events database. The data suggest that civilian targets are the most regularly attacked. However, when exclusively analysing targets of detonated explosives, the data show that police, security personnel, and their infrastructure are more consistently targeted. The target selected can and does have an effect on attack method. These findings can both assist in protecting the potential targets of VDR attacks and contribute to the development of a strong nationalised, and localised, counter VDR narrative.

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Full Citation: 

Morrison, John F. and John Horgan. 2016. "Reloading the Armalite? Victims and Targets of Violent Dissident Irish Republicanism, 2007-2015." Terrorism and Political Violence 28 (April): 576-597. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09546553.2016.1155940

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