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New forms of republican (in)activism
Éirígí and RNU
in Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters
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While Fourthwrite and the Blanket articulated new emerging strands of republican ideology in opposition to the reforms of Sinn Féin, they made no attempt at entering the political arena in any meaningful way. However, two new groups, largely made-up of disgruntled former Sinn Féin activists, emerged to attempt to counter the narrative of the party. éirígí emerged in 2006 with a dynamic online presence allied to hugely active repertoire of eye catching political stunts and events which mirrored the work of contemporary anti-corporate activists. Its inventive activist media activities, from website to social media, public events to YouTube videos and guerrilla activism saw it cut a swathe that belied its relatively low membership and resource base. Despite this dynamism it failed to attract a membership base big enough to run for office and has since declined in prominence. Republican Network for Unity which also emerged in the late 2000s, sought not primarily centre its activism on media materials specifically but to resurrect a republican tradition of street protest and occupations that pushed the anti-Good Friday Agreement agenda. It also, initially, achieved a public profile that belied its resource base, but which was not sustained.

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Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters

Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement

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