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Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

Michael Mulqueen

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780719080272
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702734 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719080272.001.0001
Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

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On the afternoon of September 11 2001 the Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), Bertie Ahern ordered the ‘heads of the security services of key government departments’ to undertake a complete re-evaluation of measures to protect the state from attack. Hence, underway within hours of the 9/11 outrage in the United States was potentially the most far-reaching review of Irish national security in decades. This book, an academic investigation of Irish national security policy as it has operated since 9/11, provides a theoretically informed analysis of that re-evaluation and the decisions that were taken as a consequence of it up until September 2008. In so doing, it draws on unprecedented access to Ireland's police, security and intelligence agencies; over twenty senior personnel agreed to be interviewed. Questions are raised over the effectiveness of the Irish agencies, the relative absence of naval and airborne defence and the impact on national security of the policy imperative to transform the Defence Forces, particularly the army, for more robust missions overseas. The book also considers the securitisation of Irish immigration policy and the apparent absence of a coherent integration policy despite international evidence suggesting the potential for radicalisation in socially marginalised western communities. Theoretically, the book demonstrates the utility to the analysis of national security policy of three conceptual models of historical institutionalism, governmental politics and threat evaluation.

Keywords: 9/11; Irish Prime Minister; Taoiseach; Bertie Ahern; security services; Irish national security; securitisation; Irish immigration policy; radicalisation; threat evaluation

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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Analysing Irish national security policy in Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

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The Irish national security apparatus in Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

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Political and financial pressures on national security in Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

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9/11: a critical juncture? in Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

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The threat to Ireland and the security response in Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

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Decision-makers under pressure in Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

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Contingency planning in Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

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