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the IRA

noun [+ sing/pl verb] uk   /ˌaɪ.ɑːˈreɪ/ us    /-ɑːrˈeɪ/
abbreviation for the Irish Republican Army: an illegal organization that wants Northern Ireland to be politically independent of the UK and united with the Republic of Ireland, and that has fought for this aim with terrorism in the past
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