Defending Ireland: The Irish State and Its Enemies since by Eunan O'Halpin

By Eunan O'Halpin

The 1st examine to enquire the interlinked difficulties of household protection and nationwide security in eire, this e-book describes the advance of the Irish military and police in view that 1922.

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In January  Michael McDunphy, an official of the government secretariat, visited Irish diplomatic posts in Europe. Alarmed at evidence of meetings between a republican emissary and Soviet representatives, he advised that ‘immediate steps’ should be taken in France to set ‘in motion the machinery of the Secret Police on the track of Irregular and allied Bolshevist activities in Paris’, in Switzerland and in ‘other countries likely to be affected’. The various police forces could supply reports ‘at regular intervals .

Moynihan noted the paradox that ‘propaganda of an unscrupulous type may, while gaining its immediate object with the generally gullible public, have effects which were not foreseen by those utilising it’—many suspects were so afraid of Oriel House that they talked freely rather than experience its methods. 27 Oriel House succeeded in its task of suppressing small-scale republican activities in the Dublin area, not by the sophistication or the efficiency of its intelligence work—which, like the army’s, seems to have been rather poor— but by the more direct method of striking terror into its opponents.

27 Oriel House succeeded in its task of suppressing small-scale republican activities in the Dublin area, not by the sophistication or the efficiency of its intelligence work—which, like the army’s, seems to have been rather poor— but by the more direct method of striking terror into its opponents. The CID’s conduct during the civil war was highly controversial. Allegations soon surfaced not only of widespread ill-treatment of suspects, but of killings— a British army intelligence résumé of  September spoke of the ‘murder of a number of prominent Republicans .

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