'Rafia' reputation spreads internationally

The problem for the Republican movement in this continuing media snowstorm may be how it maintains the ‘legitimacy’ of the IRA. The wholly pejorative term Rafia is fast attaining common international currency. It can only be adding to the fury felt by those still within that organisation who see themselves as wholly politically motivated. It’s not likely to strengthen the hand of the party in any future negotiations with the two governments either. Can we expect to see some limited military action in order to regain the IRA’s ‘good name’?

  • slug9987

    I must apologise for my ignorance but what is the genesis of the term rafia?

  • slug9987

    It appears to be a brand of jeans

  • slug9987

    Why not the irafia?

  • SeamusG

    That would only work if the Mafia were called the imafia. Which sounds like some sort of new product from Apple….
    Rafia comes from ‘RA, and a pun on Mafia.

  • DessertSpoon

    “Can we expect to see some limited military action in order to regain the IRA’s ‘good name’? “

    I sincerely hope not. I can’t imagine how that would help. It would be seen as a breach of the ceasefire and I think things are bad enough already.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    ‘Can we expect to see some limited military action in order to regain the IRA’s ‘good name’? ‘

    Care to explain what that means Mick? Who and how this limited military action would be taken against?

  • Henry94

    slug9987

    I notice seven people in the link. Are the the Rafia Army Council?

  • AW

    slug9987

    I must apologise for my ignorance but what is the genesis of the term rafia?

    For those on foreign shores the IRA are commonly known in speech as the RAAA so add that to the tail of mafia and you get rafia.

    About sums them up I think, ravelling and currently unravelling. A sort of bad DIY excuse for army. The sort of set up that primary school children produce at school. Look at the table mat I made dad. It is lovely son.

  • slug9987

    A raaaa is someone from a posh school.

    As in “raa raa raa”!!!

  • SeamusG

    Seeing as they’ve been acting like basket cases recently, perhaps it should be Raffia.

  • AW

    slug9987

    A raaaa is someone from a posh school.

    THE raaa is something entirely different, classes in all sorts of anti social skills. However given their current wealth they can afford to send their children to very posh schools so perhaps the two will become one?

  • mucher

    My girlfriend had a ra-ra skirt once. It was very short with lots of frills, you could see her knickers sometimes if she was’nt careful! A bit like the Raa all right.

  • Occasional Commenter

    Apparently 6 out of 10 Catholics want the IRA to disband. Hasn’t this always been the case? Does anyone have any equivalent opinion polls from the 70’s and 80’s et cetera?

    I would have thought that there was a majority for a ceasefire, if not decommissioning and disbandment.

  • Lafcadio

    Slug – that reminds me of a misunderstanding I had with an English mate when I was first in London, he had gone to Durham University and I asked him what it was like and he said, “not bad, but there were loads of ra boys there..”, and I was taken aback “really? What, at Durham?!?” etc; and then ensued a perplexing conversation at cross-purposes..

  • ricardo

    I went to uni with a guy called Ra. His hippy parents had named him after the sun god, Ra. Unlucky or what?

  • J Kelly

    It could be worse his da might have Bob Geoldof did you ever see the likes of what he and his late wife afflicited on their children.

  • Belfastwhite

    Wasn’t David Bellamy a front man for the RA – Rambler’s Association

  • J Kelly

    have been Bob Geldoef (excuse its nearly home time)

  • Alan McDonald

    In Irish bars here in the USA, late at night I have heard the crowd shout the refrain, “Ooh ah, up the Ra, say ooh ah up the Ra.” I’m almost sure they weren’t singing the praises of students from Eton.

    (I was accused of killing irony, so I’m trying to resucitate it.)

  • slug9987

    Alan – were they environmentalists?

  • Alan McDonald

    Slug,

    It was too dark to tell.

  • aquifer

    They are in trouble. How do they deny it.

    No we are not the rafia. We are a revolutionary army of national liberation.

    In the single european market?

  • Alan

    *Why not the irafia?*

    Haven’t you heard that they are desperate to differentiate themselves from another ruthless mob that strikes fear into all right thinking men – the IKEA. Coming soon to a Dublin near you!

  • Roger W. Christ XVII

    J Kelly, Bob Gandalf is a very popular figure around these parts, please don’t misspell his name.