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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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Political and financial pressures on national security

Political and financial pressures on national security

(p.36) 3 Political and financial pressures on national security
Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

Michael Mulqueen

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the political pressure on the Garda Síochána. It also describes the financial pressure on the Defence Forces, and the Anglo-Irish considerations in Irish national security policy. The most influential literature on the Garda finds that government ministers can, and do, interfere with the operational duties of the force, especially at moments of perceived political crisis. Walsh focuses on the Garda Síochána Act 1924 and Police Forces Amalgamation Act 1925 which provided the force's statutory underpinning. Ireland's overseas profile flattered a ‘bare-minimum’ policy of defence investment. Immigration control is an important area because since 9/11 Irish policy managers have emphasised the risk of terrorist cells emerging from within the State's new migrant community. Over time, Anglo-Irish cooperation on intelligence, policing, immigration and law has steadily improved. The desire to preserve the Common Travel Area helped place immigration at the core of Irish security policy.

Keywords:   Garda Síochána, financial pressure, Defence Forces, Irish national security policy, Police Forces Amalgamation Act 1925, Common Travel Area, Anglo-Irish cooperation, immigration

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