‘Where were the women?’: Women active service members of the Provisional IRA in the Northern Ireland conflict

Writing the 'Troubles'

By Charitini (Hari) Ntini-

In June 1985, twenty-two-year-old Martina Anderson was arrested in a flat in Glasgow along with four others by armed police officers. She was held and questioned for seven days before being flown to London for further interrogations. Within the next year, she was convicted of conspiring to cause explosions in England.[1] Originally from Derry, Anderson was one of five members of a Glasgow cell of the Provisional Irish Republican Army during its campaign against the British state. Martina’s experience was in a way extraordinary; for one, she did not come from a family which was immersed in the Republican tradition. In fact, her father was a Protestant, making her espousal of advanced nationalist beliefs incredibly rare in the divided Northern Ireland of the time. Martina was a ‘child of the Troubles’, who grew up in a city where violence and sectarian divides had become an unquestionable…

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