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Michael Mulqueen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719080272

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719080272.001.0001

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The Irish national security apparatus

The Irish national security apparatus

(p.16) 2 The Irish national security apparatus
Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

Michael Mulqueen

Manchester University Press

This chapter outlines the profile of the frontline agencies of Irish national security and their government overseers. The Departments of Foreign Affairs and Justice operate information gathering and analytical functions that more broadly inform security policy debate and action. There is a parallel in the Swedish and Irish rationales for cooperation with neighbouring military intelligence agencies. Cooperation is a key priority for Irish, Swedish and Danish agencies but there are important differences between Irish arrangements and those operating within the Scandinavian states. Considerable inefficiencies were apparent in how the Defence Forces played out its aid to the civil power role. A key characteristic of the National Security Committee is its civilian members' reliance on their frontline agency colleagues for all operational information and analysis coming before them. Irish commitments to international cooperation do not necessarily imply a flawless or even desirable Irish intelligence apparatus.

Keywords:   Irish national security, Departments of Foreign Affairs and Justice, National Security Committee, Defence Forces, security policy, cooperation

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