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Intelligence Management and the security stovepipe in Northern Ireland, 1968-1974’

CRAIG, Tony (2017) Intelligence Management and the security stovepipe in Northern Ireland, 1968-1974’. In: Cambridge Intelligence History Seminar, 24 February 2017, University of Cambridge. (Unpublished)

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Right from the beginning of the Northern Ireland Troubles, two different strands of British intelligence were developed in Northern Ireland that failed to effectively cooperate or coordinate their efforts with each other. Though the JIC, the Office of the UK Representative and later the Northern Ireland Office were all aware of (and opposed) the lack of singular control over intelligence in the province, they were unable for much of the 1970s to wrest control of security intelligence from the hands of the Army and Special Branch. This problem, which emerged as a result of both the developing nature of the deployment in the early 1970s and from the fear of alienating RUC Special Branch meant that a Security-Forces-controlled intelligence ‘stovepipe’ emerged that exclusively served the purpose of enforcing law and order rather than aiding in the UK government’s wider political strategies. Records from the National Archives show that at times this stovepipe operated without reference (and at times in opposition) to the political initiatives also being tried by the UK government in the province.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Humanities and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Tony CRAIG
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 09:37
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2017 13:40
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3023

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