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Spying on Ireland: British Intelligence and Irish Neutrality during the Second World War

Eunan O'Halpin

Abstract

Irish neutrality during the Second World War presented Britain with significant challenges to its security. Exploring how British agencies identified and addressed these problems, this book reveals how Britain simultaneously planned sabotage in and spied on Ireland, and at times sought to damage the neutral state's reputation internationally through black propaganda operations. It analyses the extent of British knowledge of Axis and other diplomatic missions in Ireland, and shows the crucial role of diplomatic code-breaking in shaping British policy. The book also underlines just how much Irel ... More

Keywords: Second World War, propaganda, Axis, code-breaking, Churchill, intelligence, security, diplomacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253296.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eunan O'Halpin, author
Bank of Ireland Professor of Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College, Dublin
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