Originally Posted by Jolly Red Giant
While the was a significant increase in support for socialist ideas in the late 1960s - it was nothing on the scale of the revolutionary period.
The Peoples Democracy had the potential to establish a significant base for socialist ideas - but then blew the opportunity by siding with republicanism when the Troubles started.
As for some of the more fringe republican elements - they spent most of their time feuding with one another.
Last point - the Provos were a right-wing split from SF - they had to adopt a left facade otherwise they would not have been able to build any base of support in working class Catholic communities.
I wanted to bring this point up again. That it wasn't just splinter groups in the feuds but like 90 - 95% of the feuds took place in Belfast.
The Provos & Sticks had a thing in March 1971 were the Provos burned down a Sticks HQ which was a pub on the falls & the Sticks shot dead Charlie Huges a Provo commander of a Battalion.
The 75 Stick-Provo feud took place in Belfast when Billy McKee & Twomey wanted to avenge Hughe's death & they both hated the Sticks anyway, people were killed in that feud.
As did the INLA-Stick feud the same year also took place in Belfast, the only action outside Belfast was when Sean Garland was shot in the leg by a INLA Volunteer in Dublin. 11 people in total were killed in those 2 feuds in 75.
The IPLO - INLA 86-87 feud mainly took place in Belfast, 12 people were killed in that feud, only 2 died outside Belfaast, that was in the ambush Gerard Steenson set up for Ta Power, John O'Reilly & Hugh Torney in a Hotel in Dundalk, Torney got away with a bullet in the arm.
The so called "Night of the Long Knifes" only took place in Belfast when the Provos wiped out the entire IPLO Belfast Brigade in one night 31st October 1992.
And the internal INLA feud of 1996 mostly took place in Belfast as well, with Hugh Torney's death ending the feuds.
And I think the same is true for most Loyalist feuds as well.