The Basics of INACThe Irish Northern Aid Committee (also called the NORAID) is a fund raising organization dedicated to helping the Irish American people, formed after the start of 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland. In its current standing, membership is based in America. The group basically seeks to establish a democratic 32-county nation of Northern Ireland and is quite outspoken about using only peaceful means to do so. Opposing politicians and certain members of the British, Irish, and United States governments have accused the Irish Northern Aid Committee of simply being a front for the IRA, but all accusations have since been dismissed and overall denied by NORAID.
The organization has been around for more than forty years, having started in 1969. This was in response to the flagrant wars started as a result of the constitutional status of Northern Ireland, in addition to the degrading relationship between the Protestant Unionists and the Catholic Nationalists. This was all supposed to come to an end during the 'Belfast Agreement' also called the 'Good Friday Agreement'. Signed on 10 April 1998, these two inter-related documents were supposed to a multi-party agreement in Irish politics, in addition to an international agreement between the British and Irish governments. Yet to this day, violence continues to spread around the areas affected by the Troubles. It is disheartening for any and all people involved and simply tragic for those on the outside.
The Irish Northern Aid Committee will continue to spread its diplomatic and democratic message for as long as it takes to get a united Northern Ireland. In spite of its best efforts, violence continues to spread around Northern Ireland. The INAC waits for the day when the all the people can simply just get along, regardless of religious or political background. It is a day awaited by many on the global scale.