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The Guarding Of Ireland The Garda S Och Na And The Irish State 1960 2014

Author: Conor Brady
Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd
ISBN: 0717159345
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A very timely analysis of the Garda Síochána, the Irish police force, as it navigates one of the most difficult years since its foundation. It is a story marked by success and failure, by attempted reform and resistance to change, by outstanding individual performance and deplorable lapses in discipline. More than an account of policing and politics, this is the story of the Republic's troubled coming of age. In this excellent history of the Garda Síochána, the Irish police force, Conor Brady, the most authoritative historian of Irish policing, explores its successes, its failures and the biggest challenges it has faced from 1960 to 2014, and looks at the recent spate of crises around the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), leading to the resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, that have rocked the force to its very core. Beginning with one of the Gardaí’s greatest tests – maintaining the security of the Irish State during the Northern crisis and the Troubles – Brady goes on to chronicle the emergence of guns in Irish criminal life and the rapid expansion of the domestic drug trade and related gangland warfare, focussing on the interactions of the Gardaí and major Irish crime kingpins including Martin ‘the General’ Cahill, Gerard ‘the Monk’ Hutch and John Gilligan, alleged killer of Veronica Guerin. Acknowledged as one of the successes of the independent Irish State, the Garda Síochána has not been without its flaws and its failings, and the author does not shy away from exploring these. The Guarding of Ireland comprehensively covers the recent crisis surrounding the alleged bugging of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), privacy concerns in relation to the recording of Garda phone calls, and the penalty points/whistle-blower controversy that led to the resignation of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter. Other fascinating subjects explored are how the supposed operational independence of the organisation has led to clashes with those in political authority, from Charlie Haughey to Desmond O’Malley, the difficulties surrounding structural reform and the author's thesis that there is a distinct correlation between the political health of the State and the way its police discharge their functions. ‘The Guarding of Ireland focuses on Irish policing from 1969, which saw both the publication of the Conroy report and the commencement of the Troubles, up to the current and ongoing scandals that this year have led to the resignation of both a commissioner and a minister for justice … [The Guarding of Ireland] is &hellip as much an analysis of the politics of policing as it is of the policing itself. The Troubles, the modernisation of the force, and the rise in crime, drugs and organised crime are all documented in a style that is detailed but still engaging. Vicky Conway, The Irish Times Weekend Review ‘[The Guarding of Ireland] traces the history of An Garda Síochána from 1960 to the present day. It is a fascinating narrative that should be compulsory reading for anybody associated with the current attempts to reform the force, and how it is governed … For every vignette of personal heroism, like that of Garda [Michael] Reynolds, for every case of dedicated public service from individual members, there are also examples of a culture that leaves much to be desired. What emerges from these pages is that the culture within the force is attributable, to a great extent, to attitudes and oversight from its political masters. In this regard, nothing looms as large as the darkest days of the Troubles. Mick Clifford, Irish Examiner

Bombs Bullets And The Border

Author: Patrick Mulroe
Publisher: Irish Academic Press
ISBN: 1911024523
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Bombs, Bullets and the Border examines Irish Government Security Policy and the role played by the Gardaí and Irish Army along the Northern Irish border during some of the worst years of the Troubles. Mulroe knits together an impressive range of sources to delve into the murky world occupied by paramilitaries and those policing the border. The ways in which security forces under Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments secretly cooperated with the British Army and the RUC, exacerbating tensions with republican groups in the border counties, are meticulously examined. Mulroe also reveals the devastating consequences of this approach, which left a loyalist threat unheeded and the 26 counties open to attack. The findings of the Smithwick Tribunal and the upheaval of Brexit have kept the issue of Irish border security within the public eye, but without a complete awareness of its consequences. Bombs, Bullets and the Border is vital reading in understanding what a secure border entails, and how it affects the lives of those living within its hinterland.

The Irish Civil War And Society

Author: G. Foster
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137425709
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The Irish Civil War and Society sheds new light on the social currents shaping the Irish Civil War, from the 'politics of respectability' behind animosities and discourses; to the intersection of social conflicts with political violence; to the social dimensions of the war's messy aftermath.

Ich Bin Ich Bin Ich Bin

Author: Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 3492991041
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Von Anfang an bestimmt der Tod ihr Leben: als Maggie O'Farrell im Alter von 8 Jahren beinah an einer unbekannten Virusinfektion starb. Als sie mit 15 aus Übermut und Freiheitsdrang einen törichten Fehler beging. Als sie in der Idylle des Lake District eine zutiefst verstörende Begegnung hatte. Oder als sie in einer unterbesetzten Klinik mit inkompetentem Personal bei der Geburt ihrer ersten Tochter fast gestorben wäre. An den unterschiedlichsten Orten, zu unterschiedlichen Zeiten lenkte der Tod Maggie O'Farrells Leben. Ihre tiefgründige, außergewöhnliche Geschichte stellt existenzielle Fragen: Wie würde ich handeln, wenn ich in tödliche Gefahr geriete? Was stünde für mich auf dem Spiel? Und, nicht zuletzt, wer würde ich danach sein? »Ich bin, ich bin, ich bin« ist ein Buch, das man mit einem neuen Gefühl der Verletzlichkeit aus der Hand legt, mit dem Gefühl, dass jeder neue Herzschlag zählt.


Author: Irvine Welsh
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462305077
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Irvine Welsh – die Backlist in neuer Gestaltung Edingburgh in der Vorweihnachtszeit: Sergeant Bruce Robertson arbeitet sich in seinem Mordkommissariat nicht gerade tot, es gibt Schöneres zu tun: nette Beschäftigungen auf der Herrentoilette, kleine Intrigen gegen Kolleginnen oder auch ein Kurztrip nach Amsterdam, ins Sex- und Drogenmekka. Ärgerlich, daß Bruce dann doch noch einen ekligen Mord aufklären soll. Aber vielleicht springt ja endlich die erhoffte Beförderung dabei heraus... Immer tiefer begibt sich Bruce Robertson, mit dem Welsh gewiß eine der widerwärtigsten Figuren der jüngsten Literatur geschaffen hat, in die Abgründe menschlichen Daseins. Widerstand gegen das Böse kommt von unerwarteter Seite: Als Sprachrohr der Moral entpuppt sich der Bandwurm, der Bruce seit längerem quält. Diesen Gegner bringt noch nicht einmal Bruce zum Schweigen. Ungefragt kommentiert der Wurm das Verhalten seines Wirts. Die Dinge stehen schlecht für Bruce Robertson, aber in einem Roman von Irvine Welsh ist es nie so schlimm, als daß es nicht noch schlimmer kommen könnte... Von Irvine Welsh ́s Roman “Drecksau” wurden in Großbritannien bis heute 270000 Exemplare verkauft, die britische Polizei versuchte, eine einstweilige Verfügung gegen dieses Buch zu erwirken, weil sie sich durch das Cover beleidigt fühlte. Doch auch diese Aktion konnte nicht verhindern, daß der Roman lange auf Platz 1 der Bestsellerliste stand.