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Old 09-10-2016, 08:14 PM   #54
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you're correct that the IRA functions as a a defacto police force in the nationalist areas. this would not be possible if the population did not have a deep distrust of the official police force. Their primary source of funds is shaking down drug dealers, with the occasional bank raid tossed in. I'll admit that since the end of the troubles, many of the IRA leaders made some serious money. Gasoline cigarette smuggling and apparently pork smuggling are big business. Not sure about the pig smuggling, must be an Irish thing

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