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Spying on IrelandBritish Intelligence and Irish Neutrality during the Second World War$
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Eunan O'Halpin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253296.001.0001

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Britain's Irish Security Problem, 1922–1939

Britain's Irish Security Problem, 1922–1939

(p.1) 1 Britain's Irish Security Problem, 1922–1939
Spying on Ireland

Eunan O'Halpin (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the establishment of the Irish Free State in December 1922, which saw the culmination of the withdrawal process from southern Ireland that Britain had begun in January of that year. It then discusses the threat from the Irish Republican links with the rest of the world in the 1920s, Ireland as a intelligence target, the intelligence and security lessons of the Anglo-Irish conflict from 1916-21, and Ireland and the German threat. It argues that Ireland was to provide Britain with extraordinary security headaches once war came, problems accentuated by the almost complete absence of pre-war consideration of Irish affairs.

Keywords:   UK, Germany, Ireland, intelligence, Irish Free State, Anglo-Irish conflict

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