The whole of Northern Ireland has, in some way, been caught up in the Troubles and subsequent peace process. While not a comprehensive guide, the following directory lists and provides links to articles about the main players in this country.
Anti-terrorist laws in both Ireland and the UK proscribe (ban) membership of a number of republican and loyalist groups organised in Northern Ireland. Several other smaller paramilitary factions have appeared throughout the Troubles as well as cover-names used to deflect responsibility for attacks.
Note: In this context, operational refers to the period during which the 'official' paramilitary campaign was conducted.
|Provisional Irish Republican Army||PIRA||1969–2005|
|Official Irish Republican Army||OIRA||1969–1972|
|South Derry Independent Republican Unit||SDIRU||1973–1978|
|Irish National Liberation Army||INLA||1974–1998|
|South Armagh Republican Action Force||SARAF||1975–1977|
|Irish People's Liberation Organisation||IPLO||1986–1992|
|Continuity Irish Republican Army||CIRA||1994–|
|Real Irish Republican Army||RIRA||1997–|
|Ulster Protestant Volunteers||UPV||1966–1969|
|Ulster Volunteer Force
Red Hand Commandos
Ulster Freedom Fighters
|Loyalist Volunteer Force||LVF||1997–2005|
|Red Hand Defenders||RHD||1998–|
In the table below:
Listing includes brief summary of ideology and position on the Good Friday Agreement 1998.
The Parliament of Northern Ireland: