‘An Alien Ideology’: Cold War Perceptions of the Irish Republican Left


‘An Alien Ideology’: Cold War Perceptions of the Irish Republican Left | 9781800854734 | John Mulqueen

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Published:01/02/2022 by Liverpool University Press


An ‘Irish Cuba’ – on Britain’s doorstep?

This book studies perceptions of the Soviet Union’s 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 struggle against communism. Leading officials, such as Colonel Dan Bryan in G2, the Irish army intelligence directorate, argued that Ireland should assist the NATO powers. British and Irish officials believed communists in Ireland were directed by the British communist party, the CPGB.

If Moscow’s express adherents 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 outbreak of the Northern Ireland Troubles. Whitehall feared Dublin could become a Russian espionage hub, with the Marxist-led Official IRA acting as a Soviet proxy. To what extent did the Official republican movement’s Workers’ Party serve the Soviets’ Cold War agenda?

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