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Return of the Militants: Violent Dissident Republicanism


The danger posed by groups such as the Real IRA and Continuity IRA is now at its greatest level in over a decade, and is likely to increase. In the recent National Strategic Defence and Security Review, ‘residual terrorism linked to Northern Ireland’ was identified as a Tier One risk to national security.  ICSR’s new report, written by Dr Martyn Frampton, is the most authoritative and comprehensive attempt to address the recent upsurge of violent republicanism to date.

Return of the Militants analyses the origins and the nature of the threat posed by violent dissidents, provides a timeline of their recent activity, and an introduction to the various groups associated with the dissident cause. Drawing on the expert testimony of former security service personnel, the report also examines the changing security environment and evaluates the potential responses to the increase of the threat.