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

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Morrison, J. and Horgan, John 2016. Reloading the Armalite? Victims and Targets of Violent Dissident Irish Republicanism 2007-2015. Terrorism and Political Violence. 28 (3), pp. 576-597.
AuthorsMorrison, J. and Horgan, John
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.

KeywordsNorthern Ireland; Dissident; Republicanism; IRA; Targetting
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Journal citation28 (3), pp. 576-597
ISSN0954-6553
Year2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09546553.2016.1155940
Publication dates
Print19 Apr 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Mar 2016
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Terrorism and Political Violence on 19.04.16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09546553.2016.1155941
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