July 28, 2005 CE – The Provisional Irish Republican Army Institutes a Permanent Disarmament

July 28, 2005 CE – The Provisional Irish Republican Army Institutes a Permanent DisarmamentRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons After more than 30 years organizing a variety of attacks against the British government, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) publicly ordered its members to take a new tactic on July 28, 2005: become peaceful political activists. Though some have remained dubious about the true extent to which the PIRA did disarm, the occasion marked one of the most important steps toward a settlement of the profound ideological differences in Northern Ireland known as “The Troubles.” In late December 1969, just four months after extensive rioting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, […]