Unformatted text preview: Popular and effective at first, its fortunes turned after Eamon De Valera , a former IRA supporter, took over the Free State government in 1932. Weakened by internal dissensions, by a loss of popular support because of its violence and pro-German agitation during World War II, by the attainment of republican objectives in 1949, and by government measures against its illegal activities, the IRA declined swiftly. Eventually outlawed by both Irish governments, it became a secret organization. It perpetrated bombing attacks in Belfast, London, and at the Ulster border during the 1950s, particularly in 1956–57, but then became quiescent until the late 1960s....
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- Fall '10
- Republic of Ireland, Sinn Féin, Michael Collins, Irish Republican Army, Irish Free State, Éamon de Valera