32nd County Sovereignty Movement
Definition/Scope: The 32 County Sovereignty Movement, often abbreviated to 32CSM or 32csm, is an Irish republican political organization that advocates a sovereign united Ireland. The 32CSM?s objectives are: the restoration of Irish national sovereignty; to seek to achieve unity among the Irish people on the issue of restoring national sovereignty and to promote the revolutionary ideals of republicanism and to this end involve itself in resisting all forms of colonialism and imperialism; and to seek the immediate and unconditional release of all Irish republican prisoners throughout the world. Many of the 32 CSM founding members had previously been members of Sinn Féin and they were also involved with a sub-group within Sinn Féin called the 32 County Sovereignty Committee. The 32CSM are suspected to be aligned with the Real IRA. The organization was founded on 7 December 1997 at a meeting in Fingal in Dublin by republican activists who were opposed to the direction taken by Sinn Féin and other mainstream republican politicians in the peace process, which would lead to the Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement) the following year. The same division in the republican movement led to the paramilitary group now known as the Real IRA (RIRA) breaking away from the Provisional Irish Republican Army at around the same time. The 32 CSM is often considered to be the ‘political wing’ of the Real IRA, although members reject the term.
Related Terms:Provisional Irish Republican Army