An investigation into the motivation, initiation and continued participation of Irish republican socialist political activists

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Murphy, Sofian
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BA (Hons) in Social Science
Dublin Business School
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This study investigated the initiation, motivation and continued participation of Irish Republican Socialist Political activists. Using qualitative methodology and thematic analysis six participants were interviewed to explore these three themes for investigation. Eight sub-themes emerged representing patterns and commonalities amongst the participants experiences and views. The main findings suggest that 1) Irish Republican Socialists have distinct familial backgrounds than those of traditional Irish republicans, and 2) That their route to entry to Irish Republican Socialist political activism was also distinct from traditional Irish Republicanism. Other findings were made, however they broadly corresponded to existing findings on the subject.