To obtain legitimacy in the public face, most terrorist causes require a political facility or front which can distance them from violent conflicts while trumpeting the common goals for a positive outcome in the conflict. A good example of this is the PIRA and Sinn Fein, whose ethnic, religious and geographical constituency found plenty of support (Richards 2001: 73) amongst the local Catholics. The PIRA were providing the military conflict with the British occupancy, while the Sinn Fein, was the political party immersing itself in the democratic process to bring about reunification with the Republic of Ireland. As Richards (2001: 74) notes Sinn Fein and the IRA have been umbilically linked ever since 1949, when an IRA Army council member Patrick McLogan was elected to lead the political party. Although both sides never publicly admitted to being linked, they were united in a common cause. Family religion, especially in a cultural sense was instrumental in separating the Irish from the British in Northern Ireland (Lutz 2004: 183). Recruitment for the PIRA and Sinn Fein came predominantly from the Catholic minorities... [continues]
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