Reinisch, Dieter. “Teenagers and young adults in dissident Irish republicanism: a case study of Na Fianna Éireann in Dublin.” Critical studies on terrorism 13, no. 4 (2020): 702-723.

Thursday 18 May 2023

In this article, Reinisch examines the motivations and ideology of teenagers and young adults involved in dissident republican activity with a focus on Na Fianna Éireann, a dissident republican youth organization in the Dublin region. He examines the motivating factors which cause young people in the Republic of Ireland to join republican organizations, discussing the role of socioeconomic factors, family links and social networks, social media and a fascination with Irish history in the formulation of republican ideologies and recruitment to republican organizations. As Reinisch points out, citizens of the Republic of Ireland have historically strengthened the ranks of republican paramilitary organizations operating in Northern Ireland, and this article provides a fascinating view of the mechanisms which may be continuing this process in the modern day, albeit on a much smaller scale.

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