Republican Network for Unity
|Republican Network for Unity|
|Ideology||Irish Republicanism Socialism|
|Political position||Left Wing|
|Politics of Ireland
The Republican Network for Unity is a small Irish republican political group. It was formed in 2007 in opposition to the Sinn Fein special Ard Fheis's vote of support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland. It was originally known as the "Ex-POWs and Concerned Republicans against RUC/PSNI & MI5". The group re-organized, changing its name to "Republican Network for Unity". In October 2013 it registered as a political party and moved from being a pressure group. It coincided with the release of their documents "standing outside the peace process" and "revolutionary Republicanism" It is opposed to the Good Friday Agreement because it believes that it usurps Irish Sovereignty and entrenches Partition. RNU opposes the PSNI, it sees it as an extension of the old RUC and the first stage of protection of an illegal state.
A number of commentators view RNU as the political wing of Óglaigh na hÉireann (Real IRA splinter group) although this has been rejected by RNU. A number of prominent republicans lead RNU, such as Belfast members Carl Reilly and Gary McNally, and Louth member Seamus "Che" McGrane. All three are leading republicans.
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