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The politics of noraid

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This article examines the political thinking of the most important American support organisation for the Irish republican movement during the course of the Northern Ireland conflict. Noraid's primary function was fund raising and in general terms its propaganda differed little from that of the Provisonal Republican movement in Ireland. However it was also an organisation founded and rooted in a section of Irish America, subject to quite different political and cultural pressures than the republican movement in Ireland. Using the organisation's newspaper the Irish People, the article explains how Noraid promoted an Irish ethnic identity based on a history of nativist discrimination against, and class division among, Irish Americans. Furthermore it appealed to the Irish to emulate the perceived success of other American ethnic groups. The article concludes that it is too simplistic to consider Noraid a 'right wing' or 'conservative' organisation as its politics could appeal to diverse constituencies.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of History NUI Maynooth

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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