Legion of the Rearguard: Dissident Irish Republicanism


Martyn Frampton

An examination of the way dissident Irish republicanism has developed over the last two decades, this book charts the rise of dissident activity on both sides of the border, putting dissident republicanism in historical context and exploring its evolution.


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Now in paperback, this book examines the history of dissident Irish republicanism as it has developed over the last two decades.

The book is up-to-date in charting the rise of dissident activity on both sides of the border. Its wide-ranging research puts dissident republicanism in historical context and explores its evolution – particularly against the background of the Northern Irish peace process and Good Friday Agreement.

It shows why the flame of militant, violent, Irish republicanism still burns, and it takes an in-depth look at the thinking that inspires those who adhere to its ideology.

To this end, the author has conducted first-hand interviews with members from the political wings of several leading dissident groups, including key players such as Ruairi O Bradaigh and Tony Catney, Head of the Real IRA.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Fires of Republicanism

Chapter 2 – The Keeper of the Flame: Ruairi O Bradaigh and Republican Sinn Fein

Chapter 3 – Inferno: The Military Baton is passed on, 1997-2002

Chapter 4 – Flickering Embers: The Nadir of Dissident Republicanism, 2002-6

Chapter 5 – The Flame Reignites: Resurgence, 2006-9


About the Author

Dr Martyn Frampton is Lecturer in Modern/Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London. He was formerly a Research Fellow at Peterhouse in Cambridge. He is an expert on the Irish republican movement and his books, The Long March: The Political Strategy of Sinn Fein, 1981–2007 and Talking to Terrorists: Making Peace in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country, were published in 2009, by Palgrave Macmillan and Hurst and Co. respectively.