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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 threat to Ireland and the security response

The threat to Ireland and the security response

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(p.90) 5 The threat to Ireland and the security response
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Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy
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Michael Mulqueen

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719080272.003.0005

This chapter explains Buzan's model of threat intensity to evaluate Irish security policy against threats that the frontline agencies have identified. It also evaluates a key aspect of the Crime and Security Branch (CSB)'s on-island intelligence-gathering process in the context of shifting population patterns and the reform of the Garda. Anti-war groups, politicians and commentators have claimed that Ireland is a terrorist target. The Irish agencies have concentrated on more diffuse threats. The Irish government responded with wide-ranging legislative and institutional changes. Immigration control is a central pillar of Irish national security policy. The Irish government has recognised the need for integration in the face of early weaknesses in policy. Irish policy relies heavily on intelligence supplied by the agencies of other states that do not obviously have Ireland's security as their key concern.

Keywords:   threat intensity, Irish national security policy, Buzan's model, Crime and Security Branch, Garda, Ireland, Irish government, frontline agencies

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