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Ireland

Post-World War II

To the 2000s

Aan de Wiel, Jérôme. East German Intelligence and Ireland, 1949-90: Espionage, Diplomacy & Terrorism. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.

Alexander, Yonah, and Alan O'Day, eds. Terrorism in Ireland. New York: St. Martin's, 1984.

Alexander, Yonah, and Alan O'Day, gen. eds. The International Library of Terrorism. 5 vols. New York: G.K. Hall, 1994.

Vol. II. O'Day, Alan, ed. Dimensions of Irish Terrorism.

I. Causations of Political Violence

II. Participants in Terrorism

III. The Impact of Terrorism in the Community

IV. Responses to Terrorism

Boyne, Sean. Gunrunners: The Covert Arms Trail to Ireland. Dublin: O'Brien, 2006.

From publisher: "With interviews with the dealers, agents and traffickers involved in the movement of huge quantities of arms into Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s, Sean Boyle exposes many of the little-known aspects of this part of Irish history, such as the IRA's connections to the KGB and Libya."

Munnelly, Brendan. Who's Bugging You? Inside Ireland's Secret World of Electronic Surveillance. Cork: Mercier Press, 1987.

O'Callaghan, Sean. The Informer: The Real Story of One Man's War against Terrorism. London: Corgi, 1999.

From publisher: For 14 years before 1988, the author "had been the most highly placed informer within the IRA and had fed the Irish police force with countless pieces of valuable information." This "is the story of a life lived under the constant threat of discovery and its fatal consequences."

O'Flaherty, Eamon. "Ireland's Nazis." History Ireland 15, no. 2 (Mar.-Apr. 2007): 48-49.

This review of two 1-hour programs on Ireland television, "Ireland's Nazis," on 9 and 16 January 2007, notes that the main theme "is the use of Ireland as a safe haven or refuge for a number of fugitive Nazis in the immediate post-war era."

Daniel Leach, "Irish Post-War Asylum: Nazi Sympathy, Pan-Celticism or Raisons d'Etat?" History Ireland 15, no. 3 (May-Jun. 2007): 36-41, "takes issue with some of the conclusions" in the "Ireland's Nazis" documentary. He points out that "it is now commonly understood that Ireland's neutrality [during World War II] was 'friendly' toward the Allies in practical, if discreet terms."

O'Halpin, Eunan. "Anglo-Irish Security Co-operation since 1969: A Dublin Perspective." Conflict Quarterly 10, no 1 (1990): 1-18.

O'Halpin, Eunan. Defending Ireland: The Irish State and Its Enemies Since 1922. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

O'Halpin, Eunan. "Intelligence and Anglo-Irish Relations, 1922-1973." In  Intelligence, Statecraft and International Power: Papers Read before the 27th Irish Conference of Historians Held at Trinity College, Dublin, 19-21 May 2005, eds. Eunan O'Halpin, Robert Armstrong, and Jane Ohlmeyer, 132-150. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006.

O'Halpin, Eunan. "'A poor thing but our own': The Joint Intelligence Committee and Ireland, 1965-72." Intelligence and National Security 23, no. 5 (Oct. 2008): 658-680.

The author concludes that "where Ireland was concerned the JIC system failed on several counts.... [T]he remarkable feature of the JIC's record in the years leading up to the outbreak of the Troubles is not how few but how many red herrings it pursued."

O’Halpin, Eunan, Robert Armstrong, and Jane Ohlmeyer, eds.  Intelligence, Statecraft and International Power: Papers Read before the 27th Irish Conference of Historians Held at Trinity College, Dublin, 19-21 May 2005. Historical Studies 25. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006.

According to Peake, Studies 52.1 (Mar. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), seven of the 15 articles presented here "discuss the history of Irish intelligence over four centuries.... The broad historical perspective ... on what works and what does not in intelligence will be of value to students of the profession as they search for answers to today's intelligence problems." Skelly, IJI&C 21.4 (Winter 2008-2009), finds that "[w]hile this collection's assessment of intelligence in Ireland is timely, an added benefit is its comparative framework.... Another advantage is its extended timeframe."

O'Halpin, Eunan, and Keith Jeffery. "Ireland in Spy Fiction." Intelligence and National Security 5, no. 4 (Oct. 1990): 92-116. And in Spy Fiction, Spy Films and Real Intelligence, ed. Wesley K. Wark. London: Cass, 1991.

Turi, John. England's Greatest Spy: Eamon De Valera.  London: Stacey International, 2009.

As expected, this work caused considerable controversy. For prepublication feature articles on the book, see Spain, Irish Independent, 26 Oct. 2009, and Dwyer, Irish Examiner, 31 Oct. 2009.

De Valera biographer Tim Pat Coogan, Irish Independent, 28 Nov. 2009, says that he "put down the book with a feeling of fervent hope that people like Turi are not currently employed in supplying intelligence reports to the White House.... This selective use of quotations [from the reviewer's biography of de Valera], an occupational hazard for historians, contributes not to truth but to bad history.... I have never found a scrap of evidence to support the contention that Eamon de Valera was a British spy and Turi has not produced any either."

McCarthy, Sunday Independent, 15 Nov. 2009, notes that "De Valera was never short of enemies over the course of his long life.... And now an American writer suggests he was really a British spy.... The absurdity of this thesis should not, however, obscure de Valera's very profound Anglophile streak.... Dev wasn't turned by the British spooks, but he was charmed by her parliamentary genius and by what Burke once called her liberal descent."

Peake, Studies 54.4 (Dec. 2010), notes that the documents that might prove the author's case "remain locked in the British archives. Thus the title claims a bit more than the book proves -- cause and effect remain obscure when espionage is considered." For a review of what Irish historians have said about Turi's thesis, see Shortall, Sunday Times, 1 Nov. 2009.

Wylie, Paula. Ireland and the Cold War: Recognition and Diplomacy 1949-1963. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006.

From publisher: "Arguing that Irish foreign policy in the area of recognition was based on the flexibility required of small state diplomacy..., the author's research in the area of Ireland's approach toward emerging and reconstituted states illustrates the high level of professionalism, commitment and administrative consistency within the Department of External Affairs in the administration of foreign policy."

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