This chapter draws conclusions about the research design including underpinning theory. It also deals with the empirical evidence and the issues that arise from it. Buzan's frame-work for threat identification has helped capture the scale of several significant problems. The combination of the three models presented has much to offer the study of contemporary national security policies. The defence aspects of Irish national security are clearly inadequate, as is the flow of expenditure to support them. The problems of Irish national security policy are not simply ones of getting the balance right between current and contingency concerns. A favourable legacy of the Troubles is easy cooperation between the Irish and UK security forces especially those in Northern Ireland. Ireland's vulnerability to attack comes from within the security apparatus itself.
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