BRITISH SPIES AND IRISH REBELS
British Intelligence and Ireland, 1916-1945

PAUL McMAHON
516pp ILLUS 2008 LIST PRICE: £75.00 HA39

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Rebellion, partition and a messy peace settlement ensured that Ireland was a constant thorn in Britain's side after 1916. Britain faced the bombs and bullets of militant republicans, the clandestine intrigues of foreign powers and the strategic dangers of Ireland's wartime neutrality. McMahon here reveals how the British intelligence system responded to these threats. He examines the underground activities of Britain's secret agencies and puts secret intelligence in the context of the government's other sources of information. The book also shows how British intelligence struggled to cope with Ireland until the Dublin government began to share its secrets after 1940. Light is also cast on characters long kept in the shadows: IRA gunrunners, Bolshevik agitators, Nazi agents and Irish loyalists acting as British spies.

Melds impressive research and analysis with an entertaining writing style. JOURNAL OF IRISH AND SCOTTISH STUDIES