Real Irish Republican Army (Real IRA (RIRA) Óglaigh na hÉireann (Volunteers of Ireland)

John Francis McCabe Seán Próinsiás MacCába

Real Irish Republican Army
(Óglaigh na hÉireann)

The Real Irish Republican Army, otherwise known as the Real IRA (RIRA) and styling itself as Óglaigh na hÉireann (Volunteers of Ireland), is a paramilitary organisation which aims to bring about a united Ireland. Formed in 1997 following a split in the Provisional IRA, it is an illegal organisation in the Republic of Ireland and designated as a terrorist organisation in the United Kingdom and the United States.

The organisation has been responsible for a number of bombings in Northern Ireland and England, most notably the 15 August 1998 Omagh bombing, which killed 29 people. On 7 March 2009 RIRA members claimed responsibility for an attack on the Massereene Barracks that killed two British soldiers, the first to be killed in Northern Ireland since 1997.

 

 

Origins

On 10 October 1997 a Provisional IRA General Army…

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