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'An Alien Ideology'

Cold War Perceptions of the Irish Republican Left



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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?

Product code: 9781789620641

ISBN 9781789620641
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H239xW163
No. Of Pages 296
'An Alien Ideology' studies perceptions of Soviet influence in Ireland. It examines British fears of Dublin being used as a Russian espionage hub during the Northern Ireland Troubles and looks at the parliamentary role of the Workers' Party in advancing Soviet foreign policy objectives during the Thatcher/Reagan era.