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The IRA 1956-69Rethinking the Republic$
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Matt Treacy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084720

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084720.001.0001

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Towards the National Liberation Front

Towards the National Liberation Front

(p.120) 6 Towards the National Liberation Front
The IRA 1956-69

Matt Treacy

Manchester University Press

The Wolfe Tone Society met with Sinn Féin representatives for talks which focused on Tony Meade's desire to expand the Society into an organisation that would supplant Sinn Féin. Nothing came of this as suspicions grew among traditionalists regarding moves towards an alliance with groups outside of the movement. Meade's proposal would have meant that members of Sinn Féin and the Irish Republican Army would have been part of the same organisation as members of the Irish Workers Party and the Communist Party of Northern Ireland and indeed some members of the Labour Party. When Meade resigned as editor of the United Irishman, Anthony Coughlan was asked to replace him but declined. Despite Meade's frustration, the modernisers proceeded with their plans for a merger with other groups. A paper was given by Roy Johnston on radical movements in Ireland at special conference of the Wolfe Tone Society on the weekend of June 24 and 25 in Dublin.

Keywords:   Wolfe Tone Society, Sinn Féin, Tony Meade, Irish Republican Army, Irish Workers Party, Communist Party of Northern Ireland, Labour Party, radical movements, Ireland, Roy Johnston

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