'An Alien Ideology': Cold War Perceptions of the Irish Republican Left (Hardcover)

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An 'Irish Cuba' - on Britain's doorstep? This book studies perceptions of the Soviets' influence over Irish revolutionaries during the Cold War. The Dublin authorities did not allow the Irish state's non-aligned status to prevent them joining the West's crusade against communism. Leading officials, such as Colonel Dan Bryan in G2, the Irish army intelligence directorate, argued that Ireland should assist the NATO powers. These officials believed Irish communists were directed by the British communist party, the CPGB.

If communists in Belfast and Dublin were too isolated to pose a threat in either Irish jurisdiction, the republican movement was a different matter. The authorities, north and south, saw that a communist-influenced IRA had potential appeal. This Cold War nightmare arrived with the civil rights agitation in Northern Ireland in the 1960s.

Did the left-wing republican movement constitute a security threat? Whitehall feared Dublin could become a Russian espionage hub, with the Marxist-led Official IRA acting as a Soviet proxy. To what extent was the Official IRA's political creation, the Workers' Party, useful to the Soviets' Cold War agenda, in a militarily neutral state? With a parliamentary presence in the Irish state, the party warned against Ireland's incorporation into NATO and denounced the modernization of the Western alliance's nuclear arsenal.

This book offers a valuable new perspective on a much-studied period of Irish and British history.

About the Author

John Mulqueen holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. He has written for the Dublin Review of Books, Intelligence and National Security, and History Ireland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781789620641
ISBN-10: 1789620643
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication Date: December 31st, 2019
Pages: 224
Language: English