The IRA’s TUAS memo on nationalist strategy (1994)

The TUAS (‘Tactical Use of Armed Struggle’) document was an internal IRA document, leaked to a Dublin newspaper in 1995. It is believed to have been produced prior to the 1994 ceasefire. In this excerpt, the IRA calls for a united or consensus nationalist strategy during the peace process:

“Our goals have not changed. A united 32-county democratic socialist Republic.

The main strategic objectives to move us towards that goal can be summarised thus: to construct an Irish nationalist consensus with international support, on the basis of the dynamic contained in the Irish peace initiative…

Republicans are not prepared to wait around for the British to change, but as always we are prepared to force their hand. It is nonetheless important to note that there has been no recent dialogue between the Brit government and Republican representatives since November 1993. The Republican position is that if the Brits want to talk they should do so through normal political channels…

[The document then outlines what the IRA believes should be the unified principles for all nationalist groups]

1. Partition has failed.

2. Structures must be changed.

3. No internal settlement within the Six Counties [Northern Ireland].

4. British rule breaches the principle of NSD [national self-determination].

5. The Irish as a whole have the right to NSD without external impediment.

6. It is up to the Dublin-London governments, with all parties, to bring about NSD in the shortest time possible.

7. The unionists have no veto over discussions involved or their outcome.

8. A solution requires political and constitutional change.

9. An agreed united and independent Ireland is what republicans desire. However an agreed Ireland needs the allegiance of varied traditions to be viable…

TUAS has been part of every other struggle in the world this century. It is vital that activists realise the struggle is not over. Another front has opened up and we should have the confidence and put in the effort to succeed on that front. We have the ability to carry on indefinitely. We should be trying to double the pressure on the British…”