Drink, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll: Financing Loyalist Terrorism in Northern Ireland - Part Two

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Though the main loyalist groups have now been observing cease-fires for nearly five years, the fund-raising activities of these organizations has continued unabated. Following from the previous article on this subject, this paper gives an account of the various fund-raising methods which are currently being used by the loyalists. Particular attention is focused on the controversial topic of drug dealing. Related to this topic, the article considers in detail the emergence in 1996 of the splinter group, the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF). The rise and subsequent fall of this faction provides a telling case study in the importance of understanding the fund-raising methods and policies of terrorist groups. The article concludes that the financial dimension to terrorism in Northern Ireland presents an as yet unrecognized and extremely serious obstacle to lasting peace.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-127
Number of pages21
JournalStudies in Conflict & Terrorism
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • terrorism
  • terrorist financing
  • funding of terrorism
  • Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland Troubles
  • Troubles
  • organised crime
  • loyalist paramilitaries
  • Ulster Defence Association
  • Ulster Volunteer Force
  • Loyalist Volunteer Force

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