The Irish national security apparatus

Michael Mulqueen

in Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780719080272
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702734 | DOI:
The Irish national security apparatus

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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

Chapter.  9529 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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